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Reuters HealthMice injected with immunoglobulin G from fibromyalgia patients developed characteristic symptoms of the disease, suggesting the poorly understood disease may be autoimmune, according to a new study.
Medscape / Reuters HealthBlack children in the U.S. are twice as likely to die during unplanned reoperations as their white peers, but half as likely to undergo surgeries in the first place, according to data from two independent studies.
Reuters HealthWhile overall U.S. maternal mortality rates have risen in recent decades, a dissection of the data shows a more nuanced picture.
University of Chicago MagazineThirty-four years ago, William H. McNeill, AB’38, AM’39, shed new light on world history—by giving microbes their proper place in the human drama.
Physician's WeeklyImmersion in virtual reality may relieve some of the pain of contractions before childbirth, a small study suggests.
Popular MechanicsThree historic shipwrecks have been in the spotlight recently, with cargoes of platinum ingots, gold, and silver estimated at $4.5 billion in total. These huge hauls made us wonder: Just how much money is buried at sea?
Engineering for ChangeSocial enterprises may drive job growth in Africa, creating as many as 1 million new jobs in the next decade. To get there, however, they may need support in key areas, research suggests.
Engineering for ChangeHuman-centered design is a process as fluid as the humans on which it is centered. But it is also simple enough to lend itself to a flow chart. Matchboxology, a South Africa-based consultancy, has distilled their Africanized human-centered design process into five phases.
Engineering for ChangeDr. Elizabeth Hausler has been credited with fomenting long-needed change in the sector of disaster recovery. Her work emphasizes resilient construction and responsible planning with the expectation of future disasters.
DEMAND MagazineInternet usage in Africa still lags woefully behind most of the world. Nigerian startup Tizeti is introducing a new concept to its home city of Lagos: unlimited internet. And it is doing this by building one solar-powered communications tower at a time.
DEMAND MagazineHusk Power Systems is a known name in decentralized energy circles. The company builds biomass gasifiers that power whole communities and has more recently integrated solar power into its systems. It has taken the better part of a decade for the company to figure out a path to scaling its technologies. Husk’s founder shares lessons from the company’s journey in serving the world’s energy poor.
DEMAND MagazineThe world contains hundreds of millions of people who have no paper trail because their births were never registered. Lack of a formal identity comes with countless social and economic consequences. U.K.-based biometrics startup Simprints wants to change that through a combination of hardware and software technologies.