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Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most

The New York Times

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Tuberculosis is still a rampant problem in the developing world. Doctors are looking for even more advanced ways to test for TB beyond the GeneXpert tests.

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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

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Child mortality rates are decreasing in Afghanistan due to more readily available basic health care, more effective vaccinations, and locally-trained volunteer health workers.

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An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand-Washing

The New York Times

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Hospital-acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Hospitals are trying to remedy that using high-tech solutions to promote health-care worker handwashing.

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An End to Polio in India?

The New York Times

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India has, for years, been a hotbed of polio. Supported by the WHO as well as local health-care workers, immunizations have officially ridded the country of the disease.

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An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest

The New York Times

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Social Impact Bonds are hot - these programs issue bonds to finance prevention programs that house the homeless or prevent recidivism, repaying investors from the savings generated if they succeed. Now governments and donors are applying the same idea to poor-country development.

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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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Changing Course

The Connecticut Mirror

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the ...

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Fighting TB with a Drive-in Film and Test

The New York Times

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Slow test results makes it difficult to stop the spread of tuberculosis. Using faster diagnostic technology and driving vans to rural areas, GeneXpert is treating this curable disease in Tanzania.

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For V.A. Hospitals (and Patients), a Major Health Victory

The New York Times

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Although patients go to hospitals to receive medical care, many Americans will acquire infections that did not already have them. The United States as a whole has made modest progress at reducing the rates of hospital-acquired infections. Spearheading the efforts, the Veterans Affairs Medical Ce...

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Getting to Zero': Are We Close to a Cure for AIDS?

Pacific Standard

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For decades, AIDS has taken the lives of millions of people and infected millions more worldwide. The key to reducing the effect of AIDS, and even potentially curing it, involves treating patients as early as possible after being diagnosed with HIV, before the disease damages organs. San Francisc...

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