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The other morning I woke up to hear my husband screaming my name from downstairs, he continued to whoop and holler as he made his way upstairs, shouting for me to wake up, a miracle had happened and I would never believe it.
Well everyone in my family knows that if I have actually fallen asleep they better let me sleep as long as possible since my pain has grown so bad I can only sleep for short periods of time. He was sure I would want to see what he had just read in this month’s Popular Science Magazine, and he was right!
I could not believe what I read, tears started streaming down my face. All week I have been re-reading the article. We are actually going to frame the article and hang it in my bedroom because it is something my family has hoped and prayed for such a long time now, that the fact it has come to fruition has filled my heart with such joy and gratitude.
I know many of the people who read this blog have health issues too, all 12 (listed below) of the innovations are worthy of the high praise they are receiving and I hope you take a few minutes to follow the link below and read the whole article.
What am I so excited about, though? What still has me tearing up as I think about it? What made this list that has me so excited? Something I never thought I would live to see the day, has happened.
The #1 Innovation of the Year is a vaccination for Dengue.
The 12 Most Important Health Innovations Of The Year
These are the Best Of What’s New
by Alyssa Favreau and Claire Maldarelli
Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxia: Finally, A Vaccine For Dengue
Dengue—a virus most commonly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito—infects some 400 million people yearly. It causes high fever, severe headaches, vomiting, and sometimes death. About 40 percent of the world’s population is at risk, and as the climate warms and travel increases, that risk will only climb. This year, the World Health Organization started recommending the first vaccine to prevent dengue, and inoculations have begun in hot zones like Brazil and the Philippines. Four viruses cause dengue, so developing a vaccine that protects against all four took researchers 20 years to do. If 20 percent of the population gets vaccinated, dengue cases could drop 50 percent within five years. Controlling dengue could also reduce the $9 billion the disease costs global economies each year.
You can find out more about Dengue here.
Now, most of you have probably never heard of Dengue. I hadn’t myself until almost 9 years ago after I took an extended business trip to Asia. Dengue isn’t just something that you have to worry about when you travel, though. Dengue is now an issue in the US too. It has been a long-standing goal of mine to share more about my health but I could never figure out where to start. This is where it starts, with Dengue.
People (especially uninformed doctors) are always asking me what happened in my life that changed me from a person who loved the challenge of working 14 or more hours a day, traveled the world, wouldn’t say no to any kind of adventure, into a woman who is bed-ridden with pain and has a body that has basically turned on itself. It all started with a mosquito bite.
So I have started telling you about my health, but 9 long years is a lot for one blog post. But it is a start and I will be sharing more as we go along now. Please do read more about the other great innovations of the year that I have listed below. In future posts, I will share my journey of being diagnosed, but more importantly, how it has affected my body in the long run.
Additional Innovations of the Year
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals’ Probuphine Implant: Easy Opioid Maintenance
Amgen’s IMLYGIC: A Virus That Fights Cancer
Abbott’s Absorb: A Disappearing Cardiac Stent
Withings’ Thermo: A Friendlier Thermometer
Children’s National Medical Center’s STAR: Most Dexterous Robot Surgeon
Olivo Lab’s Second Skin: Stick-On Skincare
Nima: A Pocket Gluten Detector
Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre: A Prickless Glucose Test
MIT’s Rapid Zika Test: A Low-Cost Zika Test
St. Renatus’ Kovanaze Nasal Spray: Needle-Free Dentistry
Shift Labs’ DripAssist: Simpler IV Control
As always, thanks for reading!