Best 2021 Medical Breakthroughs And Treatments to Beat Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes & More

Whether a deadly disease like cancer and Alzheimer’s or a lifelong affliction like diabetes, eczema, or arthritis, 2021 has been a year of breakthroughs and advancements.

Here are some of the top Health stories from 2021:

Routinely polled as one of the most-feared diseases, Alzheimer’s researchers have hailed several achievements this year.

One fascinating focus has been on prevention, or what contributes to the disease.

An End to Alzheimer’s? The MEND Protocol of Precision Lifestyle Changes Leads to Compelling Clinical Trials
A neuroscientist who authored a book called The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s is not so much focused on drugs as he is focused on brain prevention and is achieving results never before seen in the history of Alzheimer’s treatment.

Drug Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline Within Days, Suggesting Lost Cognitive Ability is Not Permanent
The findings of a drug that seemed to restore normal cognition in a variety of cases ranging from traumatic brain injury, to noise-related hearing loss, to neurodegenerative disease seem to suggest, its creators write, that age-related cognitive loss may be down to a physiological “blockage” rather than permanent damage.

4 Common Medicines Have Reversed Alzheimer’s in Mice
As seen many times before, sometimes the best new cure is an old drug. Four drugs—two non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, along with two anti-hypertensives, proved effective at reversing Alzheimer’s disease and neutralizing symptoms in mice suffering from various stages of the illness.

Cancer

As long as there’s lifeforms, there will be cancer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn how to treat it, strike at the root cause, and hopefully turn at least some forms of it from one of the major killers to a minor inconvenience.

Immunotherapy Drugs So Effective that Tumors Disappear in Weeks for Head and Neck Cancer Patients in Landmark Trial
With 12,000 Britons diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year, the results of a phase III trial that saw complete eradication in some patients, and side-effect-free life extension in others, has the country excited.

Prostate Cancer Breakthrough: Protein That Stops Tumor Growth is Discovered
Discovering an RNA molecule that regulates a key driver in the growth of prostate cancer cells is noteworthy because prostate cancer is one of the most common in men around the world, and because most drugs work for a short period of time before the cancer becomes resistant to it.

Diabetes
Despite the gradual awareness of the harmful effects of sugar and bread on the body, chronic diabetes and juvenile diabetes continues to be a major problem in our society.

Stem-Cell Based ‘Cure’ for Type-1 Diabetes Draws Nearer, With FDA Trials Launched
It turns out that all it takes for this potential cure to rid a patient of a debilitating autoimmune disease is a small piece of adult skin no larger than a housefly. With FDA trials underway, hundreds of thousands of Type-1 diabetics have a chance at a potential cure.

No More Pricks: Scientists Are Rolling Out First-of-its-Kind Blood Sugar Test for Pain-Free Delivery to Diabetics
Nearly 500 million diabetics around the world need to mildly stab themselves in order to ensure they are in no danger of going into shock. An Australian med-tech company has a new solution.

Arthritis
Afflicting a quarter of all Americans, and the leading cause of workplace disability resulting in $303 billion in lost productivity, arthritis took a step towards a cure in 2021.

New Procedure Could Improve Quality of Life for Millions of People after Knee Replacement Surgery
An alternative to highly addictive painkillers is offering those who undergo knee replacements a large measure of safe relief. Many arthritis patients have knees and hips replaced in the hope of regaining some measure of mobility later in life, but the resulting pain and stiffness can sometimes only be treated with opioids.

Cure for Osteoarthritis Could Be ‘No Further Than the End of Your Nose’, Researchers Find
Osteoarthritis is the most common form, and it affects 8.5 million people. Nasal cells come from a special class of adaptive tissues produced in the brain and spinal cord that can be used to relieve chronic inflammation in the knee and lay the groundwork for a therapeutic treatment that spares patients of surgery and prosthesis.