What medical discoveries will be made in the future?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on the nation's well-being, more of us than ever are realizing the importance of medical research and are beginning to understand the vital role it plays in shaping our society and health systems. There are those who believe that these types of medical procedures will allow clinical immortality, where human beings can extend their lives indefinitely through medical intervention. For years, nanoparticles have been researched to determine their possible medical applications and are likely to become the predominant means of drug delivery in the coming years. While this trend is expected to continue, improvements in health care and increased access should address emerging health threats caused by climate change (more on this later).

Used by hospitals and emergency medical teams (EMT), medical nanorobots could eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and the outdated diagnostic approach.