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The 15 Best TED Talks On The Future Of Medicine

SyberScribe AUTHOR: SyberScribe, January 17th, 2018

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Medicine is built on progress. Looking back over the past few decades, we’ve come along in leaps and bounds. But what lies ahead for the future of medicine? Change does happen overnight, but the future looks bright if these 15 inspiring TED Talks are anything to go by. Watch all of them below.

1. Jack Andraka | A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer … From a Teenager

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Jack Andraka’s quest to find a better alternative to outdated methods in detecting and treating pancreatic cancer was spurred by the death of a close friend. Jack is only 15 years old in this video where he proposes a cheap and effective early detection test. You’ll be inspired by Jack’s energy and commitment.

2. Patience Mthunzi | Could we cure HIV with lasers?

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Laser delivery of medication might be in its early days, but passionate TED fellow Patience Mthunzi believes it offers a more effective way to treat HIV than conventional pills. Find out more in this short talk from 2015.

3. Anthony Atala | Printing a human kidney

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In the near future donors may no longer be needed. Printed organ replacements could help us live longer, healthier lives. In this video surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates how a 3D printer could be used to output a transplantable kidney. A must watch in this rapidly evolving field.

4. Abraham Verghese | A Doctor’s Touch

In a world of computer driven diagnosis, physician Abraham Verghese proposes a renewed focus on the physical examination, stressing the importance of the Doctor as someone who is there for their patients.

5. Siddhartha Mukherjee | Soon we’ll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill

Stem cells and other near future technologies are changing the way we think about medicine and diagnosis. Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee gives us an in-depth look into how these changes might come about sooner than you think.

6. Jack Choi | On the virtual dissection table

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At TED 2012, CEO of Anatomage Jack Choi demonstrates a virtual dissection table used for training medical students. A technology that’s seeing prevalent use today.

7. Paula Johnson | His and Hers Healthcare

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Focusing on the gap between how men and women experience health and medical issues, Dr. Paula Johnson says Women’s health is an equal rights issue,“as important as equal pay.”

If the future of medicine is one that is more personalised, then Johnson’s propositions call us to action on addressing fundamental differences in the sexes.

8. Roger Stein | A bold new way to fund drug research

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New medicine deployment is as much about funding as it is about research. Roger Stein from MIT has some ideas about how medical research might secure funding faster and with less risk.

9. Daniel Kraft | Medicine’s Future? There’s an App for That

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Scientist Daniel Kraft is a true futurist. Focusing on exponential growth trends in medicine, Kraft draws attention to a number of new tools, tests and technologies that will make diagnosis and treatment faster, better and cheaper.

10. David Eagleman | Can We Create New Senses for Humans?

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What if humans were able to experience beyond the 5 senses? That’s the proposition of neuroscientist David Eagleman, who thinks with new peripherals we might broaden our understanding of the world around us.

11. William Li | Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?

Researcher William Li discusses how cancer might be treated by using naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis, or in the balance of blood cell growth. Li’s ideas could also positively impact Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

12. Peter Attia | Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

Spurred by a misunderstanding with a patient, Dr. Peter Attia discovered there was a different way to think about obesity and diabetes. This talk will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to how illness and disease is connected.

13. Eli Beer | The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle

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Pioneering Eli Beer’s idea to reduce medical response times involves wide scale deployment of motorcycles as first responders. With a future where medical technology is getting smaller, cheaper and more efficient, these forward thinking ideas could save thousands of lives in built up urban areas.

14. Dr. Atul Gawande | How do we heal medicine?

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Amid rising healthcare costs and patient dissatisfaction, Dr. Atul Gawande proposes team orientated approach to patient well being as a solution.

15. Quyen Nguyen | Color-coded surgery

What if tissue could light up like the colour coding in textbooks? In this talk surgeon Quyen Nguyen looks at how molecular markers can make tumours light up so the surgeon knows exactly where to cut.

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