Particle That Allows Humans To Live Without Breathing Designed By Scientists

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 08/10/2012 1:36 pm Updated: 08/10/2012 1:36 pm

In a medical emergency, getting a patient oxygen can be a matter of life and death.

But thanks to an invention by a team of scientists at Boston’s Children Hospital, the medical community may have a quick fix for such situations: a particle that allows humans to live without breathing, the hospital notes.

The report states the “microparticles” are made of a single layer of fatty molecules, or lipids, that surround pockets of oxygen gas and are injected into the bloodstream via a liquid solution.

In an article published in a recent issue of Science Translation Medicine Dr. John Kheir of the hospital’s Department of Cardiology explained that in a “real world scenario” where an animal had a completely obstructed airway, the particles were able to keep it alive for 15 minutes without breathing, according to the hospital.

Kheir told the inspiration for the drug came from a patient he treated in 2006…


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