General Article Medical advances

Topic Selected: National Health Issues

This article reviews some of the key areas for medical advances over the next 20 years, including pharmaceutical and surgical innovation and regenerative medicine.

Key messages

Pharmaceutical innovation could provide new treatment for common diseases 

Innovation in drug discovery, genetics, biotechnology, material sciences and bioinformatics has already improved treatments for conditions such as HIV, cancer and heart disease and offers hope of better treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

Advances in diagnostics, devices and robotics could improve outcomes 

Developments in diagnostics and drug delivery could reduce drug errors, increase compliance and improve efficacy.

Precision medicine could revolutionise our ability to predict, prevent and treat a range of conditions

Low-cost genetic sequencing, genome mapping, biomarker tests, and targeted drugs and treatments will enable professionals to provide tailored health

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