Tech tools can boost disease-prevention outreach—but reaching remote areas without Internet, cell phone coverage, or ready access to local TV and print media demands a creative approach.

In Panama, a vector technician named Orlando goes from house to house, street to street, gathering and tracking data about mosquito breeding sites and disease hot spots. It’s a difficult job. His success depends on his interpersonal skills, on earning the trust of…

Viral surgeon Shafi Ahmed racked up 2 million views for a single surgery broadcast over Snapchat using high-tech eyewear, cracking open discussion about the potential and pitfalls of virtual medicine.With Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, he united far-flung surgeons to…

A credit card-sized electrocardiogram (ECG) could expedite heart care for millions in India, where cardiovascular disease is the leading killer and prohibitive costs limit access to care.

During the Ebola crisis diagnosis could take up to 5 days; mobile labs sped up the process, but were still cumbersome, scuppering progress against the outbreak.Now FieldLab, a briefcase-sized testing kit set to hit the market in 2018, is helping make testing truly portable…

Excessive screen time is linked to shocking spikes in depression and suicide in teen girls—but limiting it to 2 hours a day poses no mental health risks, according to an analysis combining US CDC data and 2 surveys of American teens’ thoughts.

The US FDA approved a sensor-embedded digital pill, capable of reporting back to doctors when patients take their medicine. Patients who don't comply with their prescriptions end up getting sicker and costing the system an estimated $100 billion annually, a problem the…

A Ugandan inventor is looking to end scores of missed pneumonia diagnoses with a very different kind of lab jacket.   Shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize 2017, inventor Brian Turyabagye says his prototype biomedical jacket gives an accurate…

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.