BALTIMORE, MD—Kicking off the Light City festival of art, music and innovation this week, Health Lab revealed the outsize role technology is poised to play in health—and the work ahead to expand access.   The day-long speaker series, produced by Baltimore Office of…

An umbilical cord blood transplant saved leukemia patient Chris Lihosit’s life, but the procedure has only been performed around 40,000 times worldwide.  

A new miniature 3-D laboratory model of the human female reproductive tract could encourage new birth control research, help researchers study recurrent miscarriages, and open the door to new fertility treatments. Created by researchers at Northwestern University, the “…

A free app for people with disabilities is making its way in the Caribbean market. Launched by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the app will help the visually impaired and those with hearing loss to communicate, do everyday tasks and compete for jobs, advocates say…

3-D printing could bring cheap, easily made prosthetics to low-income countries whose residents have been devastated by conflict or disease. The WHO estimates 30 million people worldwide need prosthetics, braces or other mobility devices, but many poorer countries lack…

A waterless toilet developed at MIT could offer an alternative for millions of refugees who risk disease because they lack access to clean, safe bathrooms. The compact loo works without power or plumbing. Instead, polymer materials act as a sponge, soaking up liquid waste…

The creation of leaded gasoline helped propel the age of the automobile but at the cost of human health, making it one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Publ

Innovations in 4 megacities could inspire urban centers around the globe to devise their own solutions to pressing health and environmental problems:

Centrifuges are lab workhorses that separate liquids for essential diagnostic tests. The problem is they are expensive and require electricity—2 major obstacles for clinics in much of the world.  

A dearth of comprehensive and reliable data on Africa thwarts successful innovation and development in that continent, says Ayo Ajayi, Africa Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   According to the World Bank, between 2000 and 2009, 26 countries in sub-…