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Simple Solutions to Global Problems: How Two Medicines Promise Life for Mothers and Infants in Nigeria

Joel Lamstein | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Joel Lamstein

Each year, 1-in-5 women, equivalent to over one million births in Nigeria--are completely alone when they deliver their children, whether for logistical or cultural reasons.

Watching The Brain

Peter Silburn | Posted 03.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter Silburn

During DBS surgery, we now have the ability to watch individual neurons working alone and together in the awake human brains of people with a variety of neurological conditions.

Solving Global Mental Health Challenges With a Cell Phone

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 03.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Muhammad H. Zaman

There is no question that mobile phones have transformed the way we live, but it is the ability to use the same phone call for the global good, that is the most inspirational part.

A Parkinson's App?

Gene Gurkoff | Posted 10.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Gene Gurkoff

As a mobile app developer myself, this has got me thinking of other ways we could use the other features of modern smart phones to efficiently crowdsource Parkinson's research. Here are some ideas -- some of which are already being explored.

Retooling Brain-Care With Low-Cost Technology

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 03.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Alvaro Fernandez

If we are to meet a massive and growing need, we'll need to disrupt today's status quo in which research is based on small and fragmented clinical trials, and where active brain care is often left for patients whose problems have grown until it is too difficult to manage them.

Bright Idea for a Bad Disease, But Will Knowing Early Help?

Craig Bowron | Posted 03.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Craig Bowron

Say I plunk you down at home plate in your local baseball stadium. After arming you with a Red Ryder BB gun, I release a ravenously hungry lion from the center field bullpen. As the beast crosses the warning track, I offer you a pair of opera glasses, so that you can better visualize the lion as it begins to pick up your scent.

Disruptive Innovation Often Comes From Unexpected Places

Maura O'Neill | Posted 03.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Maura O'Neill

Steve Jobs loved music, but hadn't spent his life as a disc jockey. He was not a professional musician or a stereo hardware designer and he didn't focus on music marketing. That is, until he and his team at Apple released the iPod.

How Math Could Improve Life for Nearly 6 Million With Parkinson's

Max Little | Posted 03.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Max Little

2013-01-24-maxlittlepullCurrent symptom tests are done in a clinic. They are expensive, time-consuming, and logistically difficult. Our technology could enable some radical breakthroughs, because voice-based tests can be administered remotely, and patients can do the tests themselves.