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Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Infant and maternal mortality rates in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world. A pair of German siblings wants to support midwives in the country in the form of an app. Villages may be without electricity, but the mobile grid is strong and lives could be saved. By Heike Le Ker more... Comment ]

Invasive Species: Tropical Mosquitoes Gain Foothold in Northern Europe

Invasive Species: Tropical Mosquitoes Gain Foothold in Northern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

Invasive species of mosquitoes from the tropics have long since become established in Europe. Now they are moving north. Scientists are particularly worried about the Asian tiger mosquito due to its ability to carry pathogens. By Irene Berres and Anna Behrend more...

The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?

The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2016

Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster, it has become clear that radioactivity might be less harmful than originally thought. Some researchers even believe it may be beneficial in small doses. By Manfred Dworschak more... Comment ]

Expedition BeyondTomorrow: The Fit Children of Seinäjoki

Expedition BeyondTomorrow: The Fit Children of Seinäjoki

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2016

The Finnish city Seinäjoki has successfully tackled the problem of obesity in children with a program emphasizing physical fitness and better nutrition in schools. Can the lessons learned here also be applied in Germany and elsewhere in the world? more...

Sustainable in the Supermarket: Apps That Help You Buy Responsibly

Sustainable in the Supermarket: Apps That Help You Buy Responsibly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

Are strawberries already in season? Do those eggs have the right organic certification? It isn't easy to shop sustainably. But there are several apps out there to help. Are they any good? By Philipp Seibt more... Comment ]

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2015

When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang's story is an allegory of the struggle to modernize the Chinese healthcare system. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

An aim of IMI was to make the European pharmaceutical industry more competitive. But as the Combacte project shows, the real beneficiaries were often meant to be elsewhere. more...

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI is hoping to bring together representatives of industry, small- and medium-sized businesses and academics -- but in doing so, it is alienating many universities in Europe. Mid-sized research institutes are also having a tough time. more...

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

Few IMI projects are more controversial: Patient representatives are schooled in EUPATI in order to better understand the development of medicines. But critics fear this could lead to prohibited influence. more...

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI's research projects are intended to create the medicines that are most essential to mankind. But instead of following WHO's priorities, IMI often pursues the pharmaceutical industry's agenda. more...