Time’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2009

by Paul Martin -

Time magazine has released it’s top ten lists for everything in 2009, and among those are their choices for the top ten medical breakthroughs of 2009.

  1. New Mammography Guidelines – Based on new calculations weighing the risks and benefits of routine screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s new recommendations advised women to begin routine mammograms at age 50 instead of 40 and to switch from yearly to biennial screenings; it also advised women to eliminate breast self-exams altogether. Doctors, patients, cancer advocacy groups and politicians vehemently opposed the rolled-back recommendations, fearing they were a harbinger of health care rationing or that insurance companies would be tempted to stop covering screening in younger women. That concern was put to rest in December, however, when the Senate cast its first votes on health care reform, approving an amendment to guarantee coverage of mammograms and preventive screening tests.
  2. AIDS Vaccine – In September, a $105 million trial of a novel combination of two older vaccines was the first to show protection against HIV infection. The results of the trial, which involved more than 16,000 volunteers, suggested that the vaccine was 31% effective at preventing infection among those who were inoculated.
  3. Funding Ban Lifted on Stem-Cell ResearchMeh. This one is more significant: Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness within a Month, as is this one: New Organs can be created from your own Stem Cells
  4. H1N1 Vaccine
  5. Stem-Cell-Created Mice
  6. Prostate-Cancer Screening
  7. New Research on Autism
  8. New Drug for Osteoporosis
  9. New Alzheimer’s Genes
  10. Brown Fat in Adults

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0%2C29569%2C1945379%2C00.html#ixzz0Zxk6hF8Q

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