Scientists invent injectable oxygen that will let you live without breathing

You may soon breathe underwater by injecting oxygen into your bloodstream.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have designed microparticles that can be injected into your bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body. Even if you can’t/aren’t breathing. And it can keep people alive for 15 to 30 minutes. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.



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Air pollution is radically changing childhood in China

Four year old Wu Xiaotian has breathing problems that are linked to air pollution.

A boy in China has a chronic cough and stuffy nose that began last year at the age of 3.  When smog across northern China surged to record levels this winter his symptoms worsened. Now he needs his sinuses cleared every night with saltwater piped through a machine’s tubes.



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Nature’s Rite Sleep Apnea Relief – Herbal Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Relief

Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2010

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disturbance problems in America.  It ruins the sleep of an estimated 25 million Americans on a regular basis.  The condition prevents the sleeper from entering REM and Delta sleep causing them to become anxious, cantankerous and tired during the day.  There are very serious health consequences of prolonged sleep deprivation.  Additionally, due to the nature of the condition, it causes blood oxygen levels to be lower than normal for very prolonged periods of time.  This is damaging to the brain and heart in particular.


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Nasal Controller Lets the Paralyzed Operate Machinery by Sniffing

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The Sniff controller opens options for those with few to choose from

Israeli researchers have developed an interface that can be controlled by breathing through the nose. This technology could be used to help people with limited mobility gain more independence:

The “sniff controller,” as it is known, is worn externally via a rubber tube not unlike the ones often used in hospitals for patients who need oxygen. The nasal device is not universal, as about a quarter of all people in a healthy control group were found to have insufficient volitional control over their soft palate, the part of your nasal passageway that lets you regulate the strength of your sniffs. But for those with sufficient soft palate control, the sniff controller gave test subjects a new degree of freedom.[…]

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Wacky-Looking Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy

Fending Off Air Pollution
We can’t even begin to contemplate a future where we have to wear gas masks just to fend off air pollution. Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have no such qualms, however. As part of a two-week workshop on wearable, interactive responses to climate change, the duo created the W/Air, an oxygen-filtering breathing “necklace” that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use.

Overcoming Insomnia: 20 Natural Tips to Stop Tossing & Turning


Life Feels A Little Strange Without Sleep

Sweet dreams – got ‘em? Many of us don’t. For some, bedtime is a nightly battle of tossing, turning and exhausted frustration; believe me, I’ve been there myself. As with any of life’s imbalances, there’s usually an underlying reason for insomnia and although stress and tension are usually the root cause, there are natural solutions to help you get the rest you deserve. Try some of these ideas and see which ones work for you…

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Repairing Lungs Outside The Body

Repairing Lungs Outside The Body

Lung tissue is preserved in the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System with the aim of repairing lungs prior to transplant.  

Lung transplant offers hope of a longer life for patients with end-stage respiratory diseases such as emphysema and cystic fibrosis, with some surviving for years following surgery. But due to chronic shortages of viable organs for transplant, only about 25 percent of patients on waiting lists receive new lungs. However, a new out-of-body lung-repair technique developed at the Toronto General Hospital may dramatically increase the number of lungs that can be used in transplants and improve surgical outcome.

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Le Whif: Zee New Chocolate Inhaler


Chocolate for the time impared

Pitched as “a revolutionary new way of eating chocolate,” Le Whif will come in four chocolate flavors: mint, raspberry, mango and plain. It is the invention of Harvard Professor David Edwards and appeals to the chocolate-ologist in all of us:

“Over the centuries we’ve been eating smaller and smaller quantities at shorter and shorter intervals. It seemed to us that eating was tending toward breathing, so, with a mix of culinary art and aerosol science, we’ve helped move eating habits to their logical conclusion. We call it whiffing.”

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A Little Known Sport: Underwater Hockey


Here is a movie showing some freestyle underwater hockey 

A little known sport, underwater hockey is what some divers like to do during the winter months when the outside water is too cold for diving. The sport was invented in Great Britain during the 1950’s when some British divers were looking for ways to stay fit during the winter. The result: An intensive and beatiful sport practised around the world leaving us with some striking images.

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Why Is Crying Beneficial?

Why Is Crying Beneficial? 

We’ve all experienced a “good cry”-whether following a breakup or just after a really stressful day, shedding some tears can often make us feel better and help us put things in perspective. But why is crying beneficial? And is there such a thing as a “bad cry”? University of South Florida psychologists Jonathan Rottenberg and Lauren M. Bylsma, along with their colleague Ad J.J.M. Vingerhoets of Tilburg University describe some of their recent findings about the psychology of crying in the December issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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