Because Elizabeth Bonker was unable to speak due to autism, specialists assumed she was learning challenged. Far from the case: She’s a highly intelligent child who found her voice through writing award-winning poetry.
Think big, act local: Cincinnati gathered all its stakeholders together to overhaul its health care system, Todd Park reports. Is their effort a model for the future?
Eating his greens and having an iron will help Scott Jurek win ultramarathons, but the support of friends and family and a quest for great health also gave him a head start.
Chronic diseases are shaping up to be as deadly and pernicious than the infectious variety, even in developing nations. Sandeep Kishore of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network talks about how doctors should be trained to understand and counter root causes, including societal issues.
Poverty is a major risk marker for disease. Can prescribing social services help needy patients heal — and keep them healthy in the first place? Onie’s Health Leads team of volunteers provides the missing link between healthcare and social services.
There is a perfect storm of factors behind our national obesity crisis, say HBO’s John Hoffman and Judith Salerno of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can afford to give up tackling it.
Neurologist Jonathan Glass and neurosurgeon Nick Boulis of Emory University ask: Should acceptable risk levels for experimental treatments be recalibrated for the terminally ill who have no other options?
The perfect artificial heart may be one that doesn’t break — or beat. At TEDMED 2012, Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn preview a pulse-less heart pump that works via whirling rotors.
Who needs the scientific method? Vast stores of available data and research-for-hire firms are simply waiting for motivated people to ask the right questions, says Atul Butte, Chief of Systems Medicine at Stanford University.
Can we get eight billion hearts on speed dial? In this TEDMED 2012 talk, Leslie Saxon of the USC Center for Body Computing shows the diagnostic and data potential of marrying smartphone tech with heart monitors.