As Google proved yesterday, improvements in consumer electronics are certainly impressive. Yet, at the end of the day, advances in medicine vastly overshadow them. A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital made one such breakthrough, developing microparticles that when injected into the bloodstream of a patient not breathing, can oxygenate the body and allow them to stay alive for up to 30 minutes.
The particles are comprised of a layer of fat lipids, with 3-4 times the oxygen content of a red blood cell inside, and can be suspended in a liquid solution handled easily by any paramedic. Thus, its utility in emergency-response situations could potentially save millions of lives.