Garbage trucks rolled onto US streets in 1918, giving cities a new weapon to combat the waste dumped into sewers and waterways and piled in the streets, posing health threats. In 1938, the first garbage truck featuring a hydraulic compactor was patented. That increased the…

Every day, around 2,000 eye injuries occur in US workplaces. About 70% result from flying or falling objects.

Assistive technology for persons with visual impairment used to be limited to “dedicated devices” developed to address specific problems. These were bulky and expensive, and often overly complicated solutions for daily challenges.

Why do some cancers take hold and spread, while others can be stopped in their tracks?Pulitzer Prize winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee explores the idea that understanding a patient’s body and cells may be as important as studying the cancer itself.

Nearly 28 out of every 1,000 Indian newborns die within 4 weeks of birth—20% of them due to birth asphyxia, a condition where a baby’s brain doesn’t receive sufficient oxygen.

A longstanding feature of civilizations, communal water sources and fountains are common—but they can transmit diseases. Once public health officials realized this, at the turn of the 20th century, a sanitary alternative was invented: the single-use paper Health Kup, later…

For many of the 2-5 million amputees worldwide, prosthetic limbs are but an expensive and inaccessible dream. 21-year-old Sudanese engineering student Ashraf Mizo wants to change that.   Mizo has created simple, inexpensive prosthetics using 3-D printing technology and…

More than 100,000 children in Kenya have had vision screenings via a mobile phone app called Peek. Drones controlled by tablets have helped researchers investigate the spread of malaria in Malaysian Borneo. In Cambodia, voice mails have encouraged women to use contraception…

Parents were happy when drop-down cribs appeared in the 1940s, making it easier to pick up and put down babies.

Researchers at CU Boulder have found that sealing off whole hospital wings and adjusting the ventilation systems could dramatically increase a facility’s ability to contain and treat large numbers of patients with airborne illnesses.   The new study, published in the…