The medical world is beginning to experience a revelation. New concepts are continuing to blow away the world. These concepts are making the lives of patients exponentially better. As biomedical engineers are beginning to work with doctors and medical professionals, we are starting to see their collaboration released to the world. My background involves over 30 surgeries based on various leg complications; I’ve seen some intricate apparatuses. The most noteworthy one I was involved with was an experimental Russian procedure known as the Illizarov, which involves a titanium frame surrounding the leg with screws drilled through the bone for support. I also work with a cutting edge manufacturing company that focuses on 3D printing. I am only at an entry level position at this company, and I was only a patient, but I plan on giving you a taste of the future in the medical world.
The apparatus I had on my leg was used to correct a harsh arc in my left leg as I am missing the tibula, the major bone in supporting a human leg, as well as a large leg difference. I encourage you to look up this procedure, as it is revolutionary. The entire process involved the breaking of my bone in two spots, and the insertion of this device. The Illizarov used the titanium frame to stretch my bone, while reshaping it. This procedure required 3D scans, x-rays, and computer visualizations to find the exact points and sizes of this frame. Although not created through the manufacturing method I’m going to mention, this method is incredibly complex! With this procedure, I am walking much straighter and biomedical engineers prevented severe back and hip problems. If this kind of apparatus can be manufactured through traditional machining methods, imagine what’s going to happen as 3D printing is implemented in the medical world.
3D printing is a unique form of manufacturing in which parts can be created like they never could before. The process of 3D printing goes as follows: An engineer or designer will create a 3D model on the computer. This file is then sent to a 3D printer, or the machine that manufactures the product. This machine will create the product one layer at a time out of various materials. Sometimes these layers go smaller than a fraction of a human hair. Usually, the resolution is around 20-30 microns, a fraction of a millimeter. The fascinating thing about this technology is that it can create virtually any shape out of a wide variety of materials. Traditional machining can only make certain shapes at certain sizes, but 3D printing is exceptional! The detail level of these prints is very high in some materials, so if a part can be designed on the computer by a biomedical engineer, it can be made through 3D printing. 3D printing is being used today to create highly accurate and pressure free adapters for prosthetic legs. It is also detailed enough to be used in the hearing aid industry, as well as the medical industry. An elderly woman had jaw complications which required an entire facial reconstructive surgery with months for recovery; through 3D printing, a titanium jaw implant was manufactured to her exact dimensions. This process yielded a fraction of the recovery time, time spent on the operating table, and damage done to the woman’s face. Another significant feat done by this technology was the artificial manufacturing of simple organs; these “parts” include blood vessels, bladders, and urethras. The 3D printing process used “bio-ink” or cells to lay down parts of these simple organs, each individual layer at a time. Stem-cells were applied, and the cells “regenerated” a simple organ. Read the rest of this entry »
For adults, obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
For children and teens, BMI ranges above a normal weight have different labels. Additionally, BMI ranges for children and teens are defined so that they take into account normal differences in body fat between boys and girls and differences in body fat at various ages.
Fatty kids is now epidemic in the United States. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last two to three decades, currently one child in five is overweight. The increase is in both children and adolescents, and in all age, race and gender groups.
Weight management means keeping your body weight at a healthy level.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are crucial when it comes to controlling your weight.
Healthy Internal Cleansing Flushes Out Harmful Toxins, Works To Boost Metabolism, Increases Energy Levels, Optimizes Nutrient Utilization and Helps Improve Weight-Management Efficiency. For successful long-term weight-management, it is important to maintain proper daily dietary fiber intake.
Wear and tear, the body and its cells are damaged by overuse and abuse. As time goes on, waste products of the cellular activity are not adequately removed by the detoxification system. They clog up normal channels of communication, receptors on the cell walls, enzymes, and other important structures.
This leads to decreased function of our maintenance and repair mechanisms, which means that our structures are no longer repaired and replaced adequately. Natural supplements and detoxification will increase useful life of the cells and tissues of the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced as a result of cellular metabolism and energy production. They are highly toxic to cellular components and DNA, inflicting damage that eventually overwhelms the ability of the cell to repair itself.
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. It’s an important part of a healthy body because it’s used to form cell membranes, some hormones and is needed for other functions.
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Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a difficult task for most of us. The sedentary life we live and the temptation to overeat outshine all our efforts to enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle. Even doing regular exercises is not everyone’s cup of tea. Hence, no positive effect is felt on your body to lose weight and enjoy a good health. Ultimately, most of the people turn towards herbal healthcare products. A large number of weight loss products are nowadays available in the market making it a billion dollar trading place. Being overweight is not a pride; however, endangering your health in any way is not a solution. Instead, you should wisely select your weight loss supplements if you want to achieve the desired results. The diet supplements suggested by a qualified dietician can surely work in this regard.
Recent reports about the diet pills have revealed the fact that most of them contain ingredients that are illegal and can cause side effects. A high profile chemical known as phentermine is one of those elements that are banned from any drug or medicine. Earlier, it was used as a prescription drug for the short-term treatment of obesity. But with reports revealing that people are suffering from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and high blood pressure due to this drug, its usage was prohibited.
However, reputed companies pay full attention to what ingredients, chemicals and drugs are included in their diet supplements. Of course, when you consult your dietician, you will get the suggestions for choosing the best supplement. They will prepare a proper diet plan for you to follow in your routine life, along with doing some recommended exercises. This will work best to lose weight and remain healthy if you follow all the instructions from your dietician. Regular workouts will help to keep you on track with your weight management goals. The basic weight loss program will allow you to feel healthy as well as energetic throughout the day. The companies offering quality based weight-loss products mainly provide two types of products – core products that will take care of your overall health and healthy breakfasts. The core products contain cellular nutrition for keeping you well nourished and healthy. On the other hand, healthy breakfasts are good to enjoy better nutrition, along with managing your weight. You just have to check your size and the flavor you like most and then, select the product of your choice. Read the rest of this entry »