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7 Major Health Innovations of 2012
The ever-changing landscape of health research presented the world with amazing breakthroughs in 2012. Below are 7 health innovations that are bound to extend, save, and make life better. This is a story that deserves to be tweeted!
Life Without Breathing
Researchers have developed microparticles that can provide oxygen to your body for up to 30 minutes, even if you can no longer breathe. The microparticles can be injected directly into the blood stream and return the body’s oxygen levels to normal.
Using the iPhone to Diagnose Ear Infections
Researchers have invented the Remotoscope, an accessory that clips onto your smartphone’s camera and turns it into a otoscope (the tool doctors use to look in your ear). The accessory is used alongside an iPhone mobile app that magnifies photos taken of your ear canal and sends them to your doctor. This way, an ear infection can be monitored from home over the course of the infection.
Blood Vision Glasses
2AI Labs has invented glasses that make veins more visible to nurses trying to draw blood, aid in the detection of trauma, and can even tell how someone is feeling. The secret is the amplification of the color of blood, which changes based on the level oxygen present.
Regenerating Scar Tissue
For the first time, researchers have successfully used microRNA to convert scar tissue cells that form after a heart attack into fully-functioning cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells). Human application should be ready in no more than a decade.
A Cure for Malaria
South African researchers have developed a drug that can cure malaria in a single dose. The drug also does the job without any negative side-effects. It has been proven effective in animal testing and will move to human trials by the end of 2013.
One Drug for All Cancers
Researchers have developed a drug that can shrink, slow the growth of, or destroy all types of cancerous tumors. The trick is inhibiting the protein, CD47, which cancerous cells use to tell the immune system not to attack. By blocking this protein, this drug allows the body to recognize tumors as a threat.
Male Birth Control
Scientists have discovered that the compound, JQ1, can be used to inhibit the protein responsible for male fertility. What’s more, the effects are reversible in the same way that birth control pills are for women. As research continues, it’s also noted this is an effective and hormone-free birth control pill for men.
Luvaire Murrell is a writer and editor for healthyblackmen.org and our monthly newsletter. Mr. Murrell is experienced in marketing, public speaking, and research. He is also a published poet.