02/12/2011 13:12 GMT | Updated 05/12/2011 15:57 GMT

Medical Breakthroughs Of 2011

From the discovery that breast cancer tumours can be killed in seconds by boiling them to a potent new vaccine for Alzheimer's as well as potential cures for conditions that have long baffled scientists such as peanut allergies and insomnia, 2011 has been quite a year for health breakthroughs.

Here is our round-up of the year's biggest and most promising medical developments.

Scientific Medical Breakthroughs