A Million Ways I’m Being Listed to Death

Internet lists are everywhere— “8 Mistakes You Should Never Make on Linkedin,” “10 Seafood Facts That Will Surprise You” and “10 Disturbing Tales from Scandinavian Folklore.”

If you’re like me, abuse and overabundance has driven you to avoid clicking on anything that remotely resembles a list. What’s unfortunate is that there, in fact, are some internet lists that are actually worth reading. Today, I found one of these rare gems.

Since 2007, the Cleveland Clinic has compiled an annual “Top 10 Medical Innovations List,” which contains new treatments and technologies that are expected to transform patient care and save lives. This year’s list, which was revealed last week, does not disappoint.

Here are a few of next year’s most promising medical innovations, according to the list:

  • Mobile Stroke Units— Think of this as videoconferencing for ambulances. Hospital neurologists will be able to read symptoms and instruct paramedics on care before a patient arrives at the hospital. This link between doctors and paramedics could revolutionize treatment for a time-sensitive medical condition. During a stroke, a few minutes can be difference between life and death or brain damage and recovery.
  • Painless blood testing— Cheaper and faster blood tests that eliminate the need for needles will be welcomed by doctors, nurses and patients alike. This new technology takes blood from your finger tip and can reportedly perform more than 100 tests on a single drop of blood.
  • Dengue fever vaccine— 50 to 100 million people are infected with this mosquito-borne virus each year. A vaccine has been developed and tested by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, and is expected to reach market by the end of 2015.

Click here to read the full list of 2015’s most promising medical innovations.

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