Top 10 for 2007

#1 Cancer Vaccines

These targeted therapies are being used to prevent cancer and treat patients more specifically according to the type of cancer they have.

#2 Designer Therapeutics Using Selective Receptor Antagonists

Novel therapeutics have been created to block receptor activation that leads to improved patients' outcomes.

#3 Neurostimulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Neurostimulation, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS)

#4 Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

This noninvasive imaging technology is used in the treatment and diagnosis of eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular holes.

#5 Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)

BT involves the controlled application of heat in the lungs to improve pulmonary function and reduce asthma symptoms. This therapy is used to ward off asthma attacks.

#6 Ranibizumab

This drug therapy inhibits uncontrolled blood vessel formation in the eye, which is the primary cause of age-related macular degeneration, and the leading cause of new blindness in older Americans.

#7 Endografting

This is a minimally invasive repair technique traditionally used in cardiology and now being used to treat vascular disease, including thoracic abdominal aneurysms.

#8 Targeted cancer therapies

This involves using second generation, small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors to block or modulate disease and provide treatments for advanced cancers, such as renal cell carcinoma.

#9 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS)

This is the first implanted ventricular assist device that senses when to increase or decrease the rate of blood flow.

#10 Convection-enhanced delivery of drugs

This emerging drug delivery method is being used to administer medication directly to the site where it is needed, without exposing the rest of the body to a drug's effects.

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