At rural hospitals in Africa, you'll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
After 10 years of failed treatments, a woman with previously incurable bone marrow cancer is now in remission. That's thanks to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who turned a form of the measles virus into a promising cancer-killing machine
Soccer's governing body FIFA is being sued in California over the sport's handling of concussions. One key to the debate over concussions in soccer is whether FIFA will change its rigid substitution rules at the top professional and international levels.
Dr. Adam Levine just returned from Liberia, where he spent more than a month helping to treat Ebola patients. Now that he's back and waiting to see if he's officially clear of the disease, he's feeling the same isolation many West Africans feel — and he says the panic in the US isn't helping anti-Ebola efforts.
Time is running out for thousands of people in Africa who are in danger of contracting Ebola. A cure or vaccine will not come in time to prevent many more infections and possible deaths. And now a second case has been diagnosed in the US. Perhaps the only answer is a rapid diagnostic test that can quickly identify those who are ill and those who are not.
Among developed nations, the US has the highest rate of infant mortality despite pumping huge amounts of money into healthcare. That may be down to the lack of support for low-income families, where death rates among children are much higher.
Scientists are pleased with preliminary tests for a new cure for MRSA, the deadly antibiotic-resistant infection. But it's not a fancy new technology: The new remedy was found in an Anglo-Saxon medical book that's more than 1000 years old.