Nsikan Akpan

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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 ...


A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

Monday, September 29, 2014

To improve global health, you can track sneezes. Or you can track bullets.

That's what Rodrigo Guerrero did after he became mayor of Cali, Colombia, in 1992, an era when the South American nation led the world in intentional homicides (93 per 100,000 people).

Not only did he bring down ...