Nsikan Akpan

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How To Make A COVID Vaccine -- Quickly

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Global demand for the COVID vaccine is outpacing production. One of Pfizer's top viral vaccine scientists talked with WNYC about what it would take to ramp it up.   

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New Research Suggests COVID-19 Variants Could Bypass Immune Defenses

Thursday, January 21, 2021

That could mean coronavirus vaccines become an annual shot, as with the flu.


A 12-Year-Old Girl Shows Us What It's Really Like To Face TB

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 ...


Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

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 ...


Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

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 ...


Alleged Rape Of Passenger Raises Concerns About How Uber Runs Abroad

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 ...


Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

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 ...


What Should You Do If A Fly Gets Into Your Anti-Ebola Goggles?

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?

In ...


What Every School Can Learn From Preschools

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.

Melissa ...


Test Your Medical Smarts: Does This Patient Have Ebola?

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 ...


Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem

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.

Two ...


Measles Still Kills 400 Kids A Day — And It May Be Making A Comeback

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 ...


Ebola In 3-D: A Video Game To Guide Health Care Workers Through A Ward

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 ...


A Smartphone Gadget Pumps Up Breast-Milk Banks

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 ...


If You Think You'll Never See A Poem About Malaria, You're Wrong

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 ...


Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

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 ...


Why The Ebola Evacuees Survived And What We Learned From Them

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 ...


Drones Are Taking Pictures That Could Demystify A Malaria Surge

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 ...


Ebola Evacuees: Who Are They, Where'd They Go, How'd They Fare?

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, ...


What Will Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Mean For Girls' Education?

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 ...