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A new report estimates that 95 percent of people live in areas with dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter such as dust and soot.

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USB Stick Rapidly Detects HIV

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 15, 2016

The prototype blood test could eventually be used to diagnose infections in resource-poor regions.

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First Dengue Vax Approved

By Kerry Grens | December 11, 2015

Mexico’s health ministry has OKed the vaccine for people between nine and 45 years old.

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Microfluidics Within Reach

By Kate Yandell | March 9, 2015

A programmable, hand-operated microfluidic device could help researchers designing more-accessible diagnostics.

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Smartphone Diagnostic

By Jef Akst | February 5, 2015

Researchers design a device that attaches to a smartphone to test for diverse infectious diseases from a drop of blood.

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Giving the Gift of Sight

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2014

See global ophthalmologist Geoff Tabin describe his experiences performing cataract surgeries in Nepal and Africa.

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A Farewell to Parasites

By Nsikan Akpan | September 1, 2013

Despite a fierce civil war, scientists led a 14-year grassroots campaign that has eradicated a parasitic disease from northern Sudan.

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Out of Sight

By Nsikan Akpan | September 1, 2013

The community-based healthcare effort that helped stamp out river blindness in one area of Sudan

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Fighting River Blindness

By Nsikan Akpan | September 1, 2013

The debilitating parasitic disease, onchocerciasis, is all but vanquished in one corner of Sudan, thanks to a community-wide health effort.

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Making Good on Research

By Beth Marie Mole | June 1, 2013

Scientists working in developing nations who engage in capacity building find it bolsters the lives of locals and their own work.

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