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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

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For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy — to eat well, to exercise, to live in a part of town with trees and parks. But for many more of us, it isn’t easy, and we don’t have that choice. We live in unsafe neighborhoods. Nutritious food is hard to buy. We don’t have strong families to help us through life’s challenges. A guest essay on building a culture of health.

Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

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Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. The problem is that in many developing countries, most eye care providers are in cities, while the majority of patients live in hard-to-reach rural areas. To bridge this gap, London-based opthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous created Peek — an app []

A rugged, mobile wifi device brings the web to schools in Africa and beyond, thanks to this TED Fellow

A rugged, mobile wifi device brings the web to schools in Africa and beyond, thanks to this TED Fellow

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BRCK is best described as a “backup generator for the internet.” When it was announced, the idea of a rugged, rechargeable, mobile wifi device captured imaginations as a good way to bring robust connectivity to people in places with spotty infrastructure – particularly in developing countries. The device is the brainchild of Nairobi-based technology company Ushahidi, and was created partly out of []

How do we stop the spread of Ebola? A Q&A at TEDGlobal 2014

How do we stop the spread of Ebola? A Q&A at TEDGlobal 2014

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Ten years ago, epidemiologist Chikwe Ihekweazu helped fight an outbreak in South Sudan. This TED Fellow now runs the health consultancy EpiAFRIC, writes about public health issues in his native Nigeria, and is soon to start a four-week rotation on the ground fighting the Ebola epidemic. So as the outbreak continues, he sat down for []

Imagination in health and medicine? 11 fresh ideas from the TEDMED stage

Imagination in health and medicine? 11 fresh ideas from the TEDMED stage

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Prosthetics as sculpture, the maternal benefits of breast milk, Cuba’s radical approach to free medical education. These are just a few of the subjects tackled at TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination, hosted last week simultaneously in San Francisco and Washington, DC, with a stage program directed by TED Fellow, physician, novelist and activist Nassim Assefi. On two stages []

On origami, Alzheimer’s & kindness: Global health expert Alanna Shaikh rethinks preparing for dementia

On origami, Alzheimer’s & kindness: Global health expert Alanna Shaikh rethinks preparing for dementia

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Global health expert Alanna Shaikh gave an unexpected and moving talk at TEDGlobal 2012, called “How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s.” In it, she told the story of her father’s struggle with the disease, and outlined some strategies she’d devised in case dementia struck her later in life, too. The TED Blog was curious: How is her experiment []

What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014

What we know about autism: Wendy Chung at TED2014

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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 []

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

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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 []