TOP 10 MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS OF 2011 (better late than never with such an impressive list)

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.

5.  Body Parts Grown in a Lab Scientists are now creating real functioning body parts in the lab — like the urethra  made by Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine.  The urethra is the thin tube responsible for transporting urine out of the body.
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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.

7.  A Silver Bullet for Weight Loss They have combined two existing drugs  –  the weight-loss drug phentermine and the anti-epilepsy medication topiramate. The idea is to tackle the problem of weight gain on two different levels: phentermine, a distant cousin of amphetamines, can decrease appetite, while topiramate, which controls epileptic seizures by regulating electrical connections between nerves in the brain, also affects appetite and the body’s ability to burn calories by modulating the same brain activity.

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:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101344_2100769_2100763,00.html

Have a Great Day!

Donna

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I am a Certified Reiki Practitioner, freelance writer, poet and mentor of Life.
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    In this case German researchers trained dogs over nine months to distinguish between breath samples from lung cancer patients and from healthy people.

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