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Friday Think: Putting a fluorescent spotlight on pneumonia

Diagnosing pneumonia is a challenge—and not just in the developing countries where PATH works. Even when state-of-the-art medical technologies are readily available, diagnosing the infection is far from easy. This is especially true for intensive-care patients who might be dealing with multiple health issues. Researchers in Scotland may have a solution.

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Friday Think: When it comes to hearing aids, scientists are listening

Guess what? That ringing in your ears doesn’t mean people are talking about you. It’s likely a sign of impending hearing loss. As a human experience, hearing loss is nothing new, and it’s certainly not going away. The newest innovations in hearing aid technologies are serving a wider range of people now, from surgically placed […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories6 ways SXSW connects global health and innovation for social impactPATH is at SXSWUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing ;

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Friday Think: Could the next big idea in global health be a list?

A quick swab of the mouth or prick of the finger. In just a few minutes, a doctor can tell if a patient has an infection or if the sample must be sent to a lab to deliver results within days. It’s a routine occurrence in doctors’ offices across high-income countries every day. But in […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;

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Friday Think: could a pill replace injections for insulin users?

What sprung from a desire to provide alternatives to daily insulin injections has resulted in a new technology that could have great impact on millions of people living with diabetes. Until now, pills were not considered a viable solution for delivering insulin. That’s because in order for the insulin protein in a pill to reach […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAccess to answersTaking parasitic worms out of childhoodDesktop warriors build maps to fight malaria ;

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Friday Think: injury drives video game designer to think outside the box

August de los Reyes calls it “the catastrophic moment.“ It was also the moment that launched his desire to develop new and innovative patient care processes through design. In The Seattle Times article, “Paralyzed by errors, this Xbox designer is taking on hospital safety,” writer JoNel Aleccia tells how the former Xbox designer took a […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes retombées du Brexit feront-elle perdre à l’Afrique tout espoir d’élimination du Paludisme?Will Brexit fallout derail Africa’s hope to end malaria?Human milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babies ;

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Friday Think: closing the cervical cancer prevention gap

The Pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy. These are proven lifesavers that screen women for cervical cancer, but only for the women who can access them. For hundreds of millions of women in low and middle income countries, these technologies and treatment innovations (such as CryoPen and thermal coagulation) are expensive, hard to deliver, and often out […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthMy family legacy: delivering health and equity across generationsSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunity ;

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Friday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gap

The Pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy. These are proven lifesavers that screen women for cervical cancer, but only for the women who can access them. For hundreds of millions of women in low and middle income countries (LMICs), these technologies and treatment innovations (such as CryoPen and thermal coagulation) are expensive, hard to deliver, and often […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsMeet a period piece designed to bust taboos ;

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Friday Think: do we really want to genetically modify life forms?

In the opening sequence of “Jurassic Park: World,” the ferocious Indominus Rex (I-Rex) hatches from its incubated egg. I-Rex is the genetically modified hybrid of a T-Rex, Velociraptor, and several other modern animals. It’s also the park’s attempt to entertain an insatiable crowd of visitors with a creature that is bigger, faster, and stronger than […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;

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Friday Think: ATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums

Last summer, in the heat and heart of Nairobi’s largest slum—surrounded by corrugated metal roofs and drainage canals flooded with raw sewage—men, women, and children lined up to get their first taste of clean water. Earlier in the year, a series of water-dispensing machines were installed through a partnership between the Nairobi Water and Sewerage […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health ;

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Friday Think: when gaming the system can have lifesaving impact

A recent article in the Atlantic by writer Ed Yong describes how Guess the Correlation, a hot new game for smartphones that rivals Angry Birds, has attracted all kinds of science and non-science types to guess the correlation in scatterplots, testing their ability to recognize relationships between two factors. However, the stakes are high, as […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesThe next great elimination story: malariaPrevent, detect, respond: avoiding the next pandemic ;

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Friday Think: Nollywood brings a challenging topic to the big screen

Until she reached university, Nigerian filmmaker Stephanie Linus had never heard of the condition obstetric fistula and was shocked to learn that more than 2 million women are estimated to live with it in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Linus set out to produce a film of raw emotion about the little-known […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLifesaving cancer care: real tools for women who urgently need themFriday Think: can companies make money and do good?7 photos that show how the CDC makes the world a healthier place ;

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Friday Think: can companies make money and do good?

The rise of a growing middle-class across the globe has corporations working to understand and address the needs of potential new customers in emerging markets. But as these expanded markets emerge, corporations are challenged by customers who want a say in everything that’s offered to them, from consumer products to education and health care to […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 photos that show how the CDC makes the world a healthier placeMeet the players who are wiping out polioFriday Think: Google helps a surgeon mend a broken heart ;

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Friday Think: Google helps a surgeon mend a broken heart

Thanks in part to a deceptively simple cardboard package, a 4-month-old baby is alive today. A little girl named Teegan, who had what surgeons thought was an inoperable heart condition, was saved when a pair of Google Cardboard glasses helped doctors view a computerized tomography (CT) scan of her heart in 3-D. From that, they […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow do you eliminate a disease? With heroesAccelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of breakthrough innovationsSmart Solution #3: the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker ;

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Friday Think: a new way to grow food

The global food and agribusiness industry is huge—and complicated—spanning an estimated $5 trillion market that includes large and small players. Seed companies are at the very beginning of this food supply chain. Then there are the farmers who raise the crops and livestock to the processors who package the fruits of their labor. From there, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAn implementer’s perspective on family planning as a human rightFriday Think: are condoms that detect STIs and change color a good idea?Philanthropy: the fuel that powers lifesaving innovation ;

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