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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Sunday, March 08, 2015
How do you turn a contagious disease like tuberculosis from a set of statistics — 9 million cases, 1.5 million deaths a year — into a human story?
One way is by making a 4 1/2 minute video.
"Thembi Jakiwe: Strength of a Woman" is the story of a ...
Thursday, January 08, 2015
It's a new way to do silk screening, that's for sure.
Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk. That sounds pretty luxurious compared to the standard materials of plastic or paper. But silk turns out to have several advantages in ...
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Imagine you live on a floating lake house. Open air. Chirping crickets. Clear, starry nights. Everything seems great until you need to use the bathroom.
The natural instinct might be to make a deposit in the water. But that wouldn't be safe. Microbes in your feces would contaminate the water ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Uber is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The ridesharing service, which is based in San Francisco, has been expanding around the world, into both the rich countries of the West and low-income countries like India, Colombia and Vietnam. This past week, one of its drivers in New Delhi ...
Friday, December 05, 2014
Meet Vikram. He's that cute baby in the picture above. Now, take a closer look at his neckwear.
It's traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of good health and good fortune, but Vikram's got a high-tech version. The round pendant on ...
Saturday, November 29, 2014
So you're in Ebola treatment clinic. Your body is covered head-to-toe in a plastic protective suit, a hood, goggles, gloves and rubber boots. Then, all of a sudden, your nose itches.
What should you do?
Or what happens if you need to pee? Or a fly infiltrates your goggles?
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future.
A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Ebola is elusive and stealthy, so a medical degree doesn't automatically prepare a health worker to figure out if a new patient is a likely Ebola case.
The symptoms mimic other diseases. Fever, chills and vomiting could also signal malaria or maybe just a heavy night of drinking. If clinicians ...
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Waking up during a surgery would be a nightmare, yet that's a regular problem for patients in low-income countries. Sketchy power grids mean the lights often go out, and with them, the anesthesia machine. In other cases, there are too few oxygen tanks for a surgery, so it's canceled.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Measles might be preparing for a comeback tour.
Unlike Ebola, measles easily leaps between people. Virus-filled droplets linger, floating in the air or coating a coffee table for up to two hours after a contagious person coughs or sneezes. If you're susceptible to the disease and you breathe that ...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Could you walk through an Ebola treatment center in Liberia without catching the virus?
Soon you may be able to find out from the comfort of your living room. Shift Labs, a Seattle-based tech outfit, has developed a prototype for a video game that could be used to train health ...
Monday, November 10, 2014
Breast-milk banks are a great way to help babies whose mothers aren't able to breast-feed. Breast milk, in case you didn't know, does a better job than formula at bolstering a baby's immune system, especially if the tot is premature or underweight.
Banks are easy to run in some parts ...
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Before traveling to Thailand in 2011, American poet Cameron Conaway viewed malaria as many Westerners do: a remote disease summed up by factoids:
It's borne by mosquitoes.
Half the world's population — 3.4 billion people — is at risk of catching it.
The disease claims 627,000 lives a year ...
Friday, October 31, 2014
"So, did Grandma ever have a Pap smear?"
A strange question for a son to ask his mom, as I did last Thursday, but it came to mind because of careHPV.
The careHPV test is a quick, simple DNA test for the primary cause of cervical cancer — human papillomavirus ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This is a week for reflecting on lessons learned from those who've survived Ebola.
Morning Edition aired a report on the experience of medical personnel at Emory Hospital, which has cared for four Ebola patients: three evacuees from West Africa (including Dr. Kent Brantly) and one of the Texas ...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Aerial drones are targeting a new enemy: malaria.
Four hundred feet above a Malaysian forest, a three-foot eBee drone hovers and takes pictures with a 16-megapixel camera every 10 to 20 seconds. But it's not gathering images of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Even today's best drones aren't capable of ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ten days ago, Ashoka Mukpo, an NBC freelance cameraman who caught Ebola in West Africa, arrived in Omaha, Neb., for treatment.
He is one of "hundreds" of foreign nationals who were exposed to the virus in West Africa and have been flown to another country for treatment, says Robert Quigley, ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When Malala Yousafzai found out last Friday that she'd won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl didn't celebrate immediately. Instead she returned to a chemistry class at her high school in Birmingham, England.
It was a fitting reaction by ...