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The high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack AndrakaThe high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack Andraka

Posted By Brooke Borel

Jack Andraka is not your typical teenager. The soon-to-be high school junior spends his free time in the science lab concocting better, cheaper ways to spot disease. One such project — a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer — won Andraka first place in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Vaccines via a patch: Mark Kendall at TEDGlobal 2013Vaccines via a patch: Mark Kendall at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Mark Kendall has a new medical invention that will make anyone with a fear of needles very happy: the Nanopatch, a tiny square (smaller than a postage stamp) that can deliver a dose of vaccine. But beyond solving needle-phobia, the Nanopatch could solve many other problems that now keep vaccines from being completely effective. Kendall, a […]

Health

Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi ManchandaTackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

Posted By Jim Daly

We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on […]

Health

Urinalysis: There’s now an app for thatUrinalysis: There’s now an app for that

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

It may not be glamorous, but it’s true – each year, urinary tract infections lead to more than 9 million doctor visits in the United States alone. But the infection can now be tested for through an iPhone app — uChek — developed by TEDFellow Myshkin Ingawale. This app could also be an effective tool […]

Science

9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you pop a pill, do you know how it works? Most modern drugs target specific molecules, interacting with disease at the molecular level. But while we know the molecular causes of roughly 4,000 diseases, a very slim 6 percent of those diseases have a safe and effective drug to treat them. Why? Because of […]

News

More incredible talks from TEDMEDMore incredible talks from TEDMED

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today’s talk, “Francis Collins: We need better drugs—now,” comes from TEDMED—our partner conference which gives doctors, surgeons, healthcare experts, medical researchers and people with a passion for health a place to share ideas worth spreading. Both TED and TEDMED were started by Richard Saul Wurman, and while TEDMED is now independently organized by Jay Walker […]

Health

5 steps for being an impatient patient, from John Wilbanks5 steps for being an impatient patient, from John Wilbanks

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the late 1800s, Cuban physician Carlos Finlay had a theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitos — rather than by dirty clothing, as was the belief of the day. To test his theory, he asked living, breathing human beings to be voluntarily infected with the disease. It was devastating, potentially fatal work. And […]