Sunset over lake (USAID)

Clean water, better lives

When you think about how to build a better world, think about providing clean water to about 663 million people worldwide who don’t have it.

Women changing the face of medicine

When she graduated from Geneva Medical College in New York on January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States...
Man behind four puppies and container (© AP Images)

Service dogs save lives

They say a dog is man’s (and woman’s) best friend, but service dogs help their handlers in ways beyond what even your best friend can do without training.

35 million people worldwide have HIV/AIDS. Do something about it on...

What do 35 million people worldwide have in common? An HIV-positive diagnosis. What they don’t have in common is equal access to treatment. To close...

75 percent of Ebola victims are women

Ebola can infect anyone who does not take the necessary and simple health precautions. Women, however, represent 75 percent of Ebola-related deaths. Why women? Ebola spreads through...
A World Health Organization worker trains Ebola health workers to use protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Health workers face Ebola’s psychological effects

For some health workers, addressing the psychological effects of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is as important as prevention or treatment. Battling death and rumors Rumors...
Manu Prakash holding string with paper circle suspended on it (Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service)

How a toy became a medical miracle

Inspired by a whirligig, a Stanford researcher developed a 20-cent paper centrifuge that could revolutionize health care diagnosis around the world.

This app may save your life

Jennifer Farrell, a fourth-year Tulane University medical student, is interested in trauma surgery and “passionate about global health.” Even before studying medicine, Farrell had...

This is what dirty air does to your body

When we live in cities, we breathe dirty air, which is bad for us. It causes many diseases. But there are ways to stop the pollution.