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$50 Artificial Knee Wins Global Health Innovation Award

When people in a war-torn developing country lose their legs above the knee due to a landmine blast injury, many cannot afford an artificial limb that costs $100. Even if they can afford one, most of the artificial knees available use older technology developed in the 1950s and only provide minimal functionality. In North America, […]

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HIV/Aids

2011 Breakthrough of the Year – HIV Treatment as Prevention

2011 will be remembered as the year the game changed forever in the battle against HIV/AIDS. A breakthrough study known as HPTN 052 found that treatment as prevention can reduce the risk of HIV transmission.  The news is a long time coming – it has been thirty years since the contagion was first discovered and […]

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Shoes That Help The World

How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? You likely have more than you really need or would like to admit you own. We tend to take them for granted, but in many developing countries, shoes play a key role to help protect against injuries, soil-transmitted diseases and parasites, and make it possible for […]

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Research Finds Faster Treatment for Latent TB

3-month weekly therapy as safe and effective as 9-month daily therapy If you had latent tuberculosis—infection with TB bacteria that could flare up into active disease–which treatment therapy would you choose: a three-month therapy of 12 weekly doses or a nine-month therapy of 270 daily doses? According to a multinational study by the Centers for […]

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ColaLife trial goes live in zambia

ColaLife Trial Goes Live in Zambia

Thinking inside the box. Part 2. Simon Berry and his wife Jane have worked tirelessly to see their ColaLife trial go live in Zambia. ColaLife seeks to distribute anti-diarrhea kits to remote villages, ingeniously packed into the empty spaces between bottles in Coca-Cola crates. Last month, the first Kit Yamoyo made it into the hands […]

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ColaLife: Innovation to Reduce Child Mortality

Thinking inside the box. When he visited remote areas in Zambia in 1988, Simon Berry was struck by the fact that one in five children died before their 5th birthday. The second most often identifiable cause of death was diarrhea, an absolute shame, because it’s easy to treat with oral rehydration therapy. Simple treatments were usually […]

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Promising Breakthroughs Against Malaria

What will it take to eradicate malaria from the globe? Right now, there are a record number of projects in the pipeline to fight malaria, thanks to a four-fold increase in annual research and development funds worldwide, from $121 million in 1993 to $612 million in 2009. Exciting projects underway include: late stage investigational research […]

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HIV/Aids

World AIDS Day: Treatment as Prevention to Halt HIV/AIDS Epidemic

This is the story I wrote for GE Healthy Outlook last summer about the breakthrough study in nine countries that proved conclusively that treating people quickly who are infected can halt the transmission of HIV by almost 100%. This week, delegates are meeting in Washington D.C. for the 19th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2012, to […]

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PTSD

Psychological First Aid May Reduce PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop among survivors who experience or witness mass catastrophes, such as the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. PTSD symptoms can include persistent fearful thoughts, haunting memories, sleep disorders or nightmares, heightened startle reactions, and feeling numb or detached from loved ones. The prevalence of […]

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HealthMap

HealthMap Visualizes Global Disease Outbreaks

Where in the world is an infectious disease outbreak occurring right now? Is it in your neighborhood? What is the status of potential pandemics in other countries? This information is only a click away at HealthMap, the leading global data visualization for aggregating infectious disease data on an interactive visual map. You can access HealthMap via […]

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