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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing!
07-03-2012, 08:52 AM #1
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Quote:This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore. It's one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.

The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children's Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient.

The solution has already been successfully tested on animals under critical lung failure. When the doctors injected this liquid into the patient's veins, it restored oxygen in their blood to near-normal levels, granting them those precious additional minutes of life.
Particles of fat and oxygen
Read more: gizmodo.com

Truly strange, maybe we can go scuba diving without the gear one of these days.

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07-03-2012, 11:00 AM #2
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That is fantastic, would be great for C.O.P.D patients, it would allow them to rest more. ( chronic obstructive pulmonary disease )
07-03-2012, 11:06 AM #3
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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Cool, but limited. Most folks who decide to stop breathing also throw the switch on their heart, in which case moving all those freshly oxygenated blood cells around would be a bit problematic.
07-03-2012, 11:25 AM #4
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I could see it being used to bring a life threatening asthma attack under control long enough for the rescue inhaler to take effect anyway. I'm sure this is at least 10 years or so away from being put to use, if it ever actually comes out. I'm not holding my breath. chuckle.gif

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07-03-2012, 11:36 AM #5
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(07-03-2012, 11:25 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I'm not holding my breath. chuckle.gif


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