Time Magazine published the Top 10 Everything of 2011 which hit newsstands on 24/12/2011. However late this article may be, I feel it is still worth publishing for the impressive year we had. The Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs will be listed here with a brief explanation and if you didn’t picked up a copy yet I have posted the link for you.
1. Scientists Use Cloning to Create Stem Cells The work is promising because it may one day treat diseases such as Parkinson’s and Spinal Cord Injuries – This not only matches their donor but alleviates the need for an embryo.
2. A First-Ever Malaria Vaccine There has never been a vaccine against a human parasite before!! This one cuts the risk of infection to about half. When you’re talking about millions of Children being infected each year. I’ll take half.
3. HIV Treatment as Prevention This year, 2 trials, the first to involve heterosexual men and women – showed that HIV – free people from becoming infected.
4. The Food Pyramid Becomes a Plate In June, the government unveiled MyPlate, a new symbol for healthy eating. The colorful plate, which is quartered into sections takes the place of the government’s well-recognized but confusing food pyramid. Half the plate is taken up by fruits and vegetables; another smaller circle appears next to the plate representing dairy. The circular MyPlate departs from the original symbol’s triangular shape and better represents how the average person eats — on a plate.
6. The Curious Link Between Bacteria and Colon Cancer a type of bacteria called Fusobacteria, which are rarely found among the usual bugs that live in our guts, but seem to flourish in colon cancer cells and are linked to higher rates of the disease.
8. Dogs That Can Sniff Out Lung Cancer Well I can attest to this one. My Pekinese was able to pick out anyone in the room who had cancer. What he would do is sit beside them and refused to leave their side.Didn’t matter what type of cancer or what stage either. He was also 100% accurate. In this case German researchers trained dogs over nine months to distinguish between breath samples from lung cancer patients and from healthy people.
9. You’re as Old as Your Spit Says You Are researchers from UCLA reported in June that it may now be possible for scientists to glean the age of a dead bodyfrom genetic material – saliva
10. A Death Risk Predictor? a simple blood test may be able to predict who is most likely to die of heart disease or cancer. the researchers found that those with higher levels of an enzyme called cathepsin S were more likely to die than those with lower levels.
Here is the link to the complete list:
Have a Great Day!
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