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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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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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Lessons From America's Safest Hospitals

AARP Magazine

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are revamping their care programs to stop preventable injuries and deaths.

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Making a Medicine as Easy to Find as a Can of Coke

The New York Times

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A project to take advantage of Coca-Cola’s famous global reach designed a kit of basic medicines that fit in between Coke bottles. But it turned out that what it needed to be copying wasn’t Coke’s package delivery, but it’s investment in the people in its supply chain.

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How to fix the EPA's broken civil-rights office

Center for Public Integrity

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The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights has dismissed many complaints from social minorities who experience environmental disturbances that threaten their daily life or property value. An investigative journalist has interviewed different experts for their opinions on how the ...

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In India, a Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects

The New York Times

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly distribute deworming pills to school children. The benefits decrease student abs...

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Indian authorities are out in force to enforce use of toilets

Global Post

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The Indian government is attempting to stop the way in which people openly defecate in public by providing households with toilets. The real key is education about hygiene so the people understand why proper toilets are necessary to clean drinking water and public health.

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