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Invention allows 'living without breathing'

Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2012 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: UFO_Monster

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Scientists have invented particles able to keep a person alive even if they are unable to breath.

The breakthrough treatment works by oxygenating the blood through an injection that can keep someone alive for up to 30 minutes even if they are unable to breath at all and could save thousands of lives. The injected particles contain oxygen within a layer of natural molecules known as lipids. Previous attempts at developing a treatment of this nature had failed because the injections caused a gas embolism rather than oxygenation of the cells.

"We have engineered around this problem by packaging the gas into small, deformable particles," said scientist John Kheir. "They dramatically increase the surface area for gas exchange and are able to squeeze through capillaries where free gas would get stuck."

"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."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by csspwns on 29 June, 2012, 2:17
no more drowning
Comment icon #16 Posted by 27vet on 29 June, 2012, 9:57
Now would that person have to be sedated? Would it support someone thrashing about?
Comment icon #17 Posted by St. Jimmy on 29 June, 2012, 18:13
I really like this invention. It could be useful during first aid, resuscitation, or lifesaving in general.
Comment icon #18 Posted by WillSoMysterious on 29 June, 2012, 21:32
Does this mean in the distant future instead of a lung transplant we could have lung removals and a lifetime of oxygen injections? Maybe this could eventually be available in tablet form. Maybe these tablets might start on the black market, and come in different forms, such as Oxy-rocks (which I am trademarking now by the way), Oxtasy, Oxcaine, and after indulging in all of that, we can the go and smoke some O.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Junior Chubb on 29 June, 2012, 22:52
Maybe these tablets might start on the black market, and come in different forms, such as Oxy-rocks (which I am trademarking now by the way), Oxtasy, Oxcaine, and after indulging in all of that, we can the go and smoke some O. They all sound like detergent boosters to me? You been snorting Vanish Oxi Action again?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Dark entity on 30 June, 2012, 11:41
They all sound like detergent boosters to me? You been snorting Vanish Oxi Action again? Yeah, now my nose hairs are whiter than ever.
Comment icon #21 Posted by JJsDietFitness on 30 June, 2012, 18:45
Damn! Think of the military opportunities with this stuff.....I'm sure there will be a new shot in the seal kit....
Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb on 30 June, 2012, 19:49
Yeah, now my nose hairs are whiter than ever. Lol. so are mine, but that's through old age. Nothing worse then grey nostril hair. How did I get so off topic?
Comment icon #23 Posted by aztek on 6 July, 2012, 1:02
wow, cool stuf very good fire safety gadget, when it is smoky, no o2, hot, use that to breathe and get out, that is lots of live ppl out, most death in fire is from smoke, rather than fire. same with drowning, divers can use it too, no scuba gear, imo that should make their life easyer, thou imo, it wouldn't stop nitrogen bubbles in blood to form, but i could be wrong.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Uncle Sam on 7 July, 2012, 11:50
This is why I love science so much, so many new inventions that an save lives and possibly extend their lives as well. Some inventions also makes it much easier to complete tasks, but I think we shouldn't forget how to do the tasks without this technology or we will be in a sorry state if we loose this technology.

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