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#1 gamavor

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:07 AM

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 11:43 AM

CANADIAN ANYA POGHARIAN INVENTS NEW DIALYSIS MACHINE

February 9, 2015

CBC, Montreal - Seventeen-year-old Anya Pogharian's high school science
project could end up changing the way dialysis care is delivered.

After poring over online dialysis machine owner's manuals, she
developed a new prototype using simple technology.

While machines currently cost about $30,000, hers would cost just
$500 -- making it more affordable for people to buy and have at home.

Pogharian was inspired by volunteering at a hospital dialysis unit.

When she was assigned a high school science project, she chose to work
on a new kind of dialysis unit. She spent 300 hours on her invention --
well above and beyond the mandatory 10 hours.

Dialysis is the process of cleaning waste from the blood. It's
typically used for people who have kidney disease. The treatment
takes about four hours a couple times per week.

Pogharian said she wanted to find a way to improve the procedure,
which can be hard on patients.

"It takes a lot of energy out of them," said Pogharian. "They're very
tired after a dialysis treatment."

"You wouldn't have to make your way to the hospital, which is a
problem for a lot of patients. It's not necessarily easy to make
your way to the hospital three times a week, especially it you have
limited mobility," she said.

Testing it out

Her project has earned her a slew of scholarships and awards. Now,
Hema-Quebec has offered her a summer internship, to try out her
invention with real blood.

"All the population will benefit from that kind of instrument that
will reduce medical care cost, hospitalization stays. Basically,
it's a great idea," said Louis Thibault, director of applied research
at Hema-Quebec.

Pogharian said she hopes one day, her invention will be used overseas.

"Ten per cent of patients living in India and Pakistan who need
the treatment can't afford it or can't have it in any way. It's not
accessible. So that motivated me."

But Pogharian says she's focusing on doing well on her CEGEP midterm
exams.

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 01:46 PM

i was looking at this  early this  morning :) Great News .. 



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Posted 19 May 2015 - 06:19 PM

Just found this, it's been up for months. She makes me proud.  God love her.



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 02:18 PM

ANYA POGHARIAN, MONTREAL TEEN INVENTOR, TAKES PORTABLE DIALYSIS MACHINE TO THE WORLD

August 18, 2015

CBC - Anya Pogharian never thought her high school science fair project
would bring her international attention and job opportunities from
around the world.

"India, Australia, Russia, Armenia -- like everywhere, just everywhere.

South America. You name it, I got a message from there," said
Pogharian.

Ontario-based health-care firm Baxter Corp. offered to sponsor her
and provide her with filters.

Pogharian said she heard from dialysis patients right across Canada,
congratulating her and wishing her success.

She was 17 when she invented a cheap, portable dialysis machine.

CBC News first published her story in February. Pogharian was inspired
by volunteering at a hospital dialysis unit.

Dialysis is the process of cleaning waste from the blood. It's
typically used for people who have kidney disease. The treatment
takes about four hours a couple of times per week.

CBC's story received tens of thousands of hits, and the international
exposure pushed Pogharian to take her invention to the next level.

Pogharian said she's been working non-stop to improve her portable
machine, which costs about $500 to build. Currently, dialysis machines
cost about $30,000.

"To date, I have been working crazy hours on this project...I've
stopped counting."

25 minutes

Héma-Québec, the non-profit organization that manages the province's
blood products and human tissue and ensures the safety of blood
supply, offered her an internship, allowing her to try her prototype
on real blood.

Pogharian and her team hoped it would filter four litres of blood in
two and half hours. It took only 25 minutes.

She said its efficacy, simplicity and portability make it ideal for
the developing world and in disaster zones.

It could also help people closer to home.

Patient Philippe Ouaknine said dialysis treatments, which often
took several hours every other day, kept him from working and seeing
his family.

"My mother lives outside the city. So we had to time [it to] make
sure that I was coming back for my treatment."

Home units do exist but are expensive and rarely available through
Quebec's health care system.

Ouaknine said Pogharian's invention would revolutionize patients'
lives.

That's exactly what Pogharian is hoping for.

"I just know how difficult it is. And I can't even imagine having to
live with that," she said.

Pogharian expects her machine to hit the market in a couple of years.

http://www.horizonwe...s/details/71717

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Edited by Yervant1, 18 August 2015 - 02:18 PM.

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