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What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Wendy Chung of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative says that she is constantly asked the same question by parents: “Why does my child have autism?” It’s a question that plagues them whether their child has a severe form of autism, to the point of being non-verbal, or a mild one. “Autism isn’t a single condition. It’s […]

News

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted By Karen Eng

Today is World Rare Disease Day – an event launched in 2008 to galvanize public awareness and research momentum for rare diseases. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people. Yet there are more than 7,000 known rare diseases. This ratio means that there’s little funding for […]

Fellows Friday

Working for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workersWorking for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workers

Posted By Karen Eng

Growing up in the UK and coming of age in Pakistan, TEDIndia Fellow Asher Hasan observed a vast discrepancy: those with and without access to basic healthcare, and the devastating social consequences of this disparity. He tells TED Blog the story of how he witnessed a single health disaster ruin the hopes of his childhood […]

Health

The gamification of weight lossThe gamification of weight loss

Posted By Morton Bast

In 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett put Oklahoma City on a diet, after the city made a less-than-flattering appearance on a list of the most obese cities in the United States. In today’s talk, Cornett shares the aha moments that led him to create This City Is Going on a Diet, a somewhat unusual mayoral initiative. […]

Health

Illuminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer BreaIlluminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer Brea

Posted By Karen Eng

Three years ago, Jennifer Brea, then a PhD student in political science, was struck down by what appeared to be a severe flu. It turned out to be the beginning of a long illness — including neurological dysfunction and extreme exhaustion — that she has yet to recover from. Discovering that the medical community did […]

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TED Talks with novel ways of thinking about epidemicsTED Talks with novel ways of thinking about epidemics

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As a physician and epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin didn’t think he had much to contribute to the conversation about gun violence in America. But then he began to realize something — that outbreaks of violence follow the same patterns as outbreaks of tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS, all of which he’d worked on reversing during a decade in […]

Global Issues

The past and future of malaria: A Q&A with Sonia ShahThe past and future of malaria: A Q&A with Sonia Shah

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year. So why is it still around? In today’s talk, journalist Sonia Shah takes a look at the history of malaria and outlines some of the major challenges facing the end of one of the world’s deadliest diseases. It’s not simply that we need to improve […]

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8 talks with ideas for healthier cities8 talks with ideas for healthier cities

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Cities, traditionally, have not been the healthiest of places. The spread of diseases, sanitation issues, pollution — these things accelerate with large masses of people living in close quarters. But is that the way it needs to be? Could the cities of the future also be places where all people get top-notch healthcare, and where […]

Health

Women and children first: Fellows Friday with Zubaida Bai, who creates lifesaving kits for maternal healthWomen and children first: Fellows Friday with Zubaida Bai, who creates lifesaving kits for maternal health

Posted By Karen Eng

Engineer and health entrepreneur Zubaida Bai is passionate about improving women’s lives. Through her company AYZH, she develops health products — such as the $2 Clean Birth Kit — designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality in underprivileged communities around the world. AYZH is about to launch an Indiegogo funding campaign to produce an impact […]