Computing a Cure for HIV

HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization and remains a major health issue worldwide. Today, about 35 million people are affected by HIV including more than a million individuals in the U.S. (more…)

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Avoiding TBI Memory Loss

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a wireless implantable brain prostheses for service members and veterans who suffer memory loss from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In the U.S, TBI affects about 270,000 service members and another 1.7 million civilians. (more…)

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CHCF’s Investing Initiative

As Director of the Innovations for the Underserved Program for the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Margaret Laws oversees the CHCF program-related mission investing initiative. For example, CHCF funded a demonstration project that used text messaging to keep kids with asthma out of the emergency departments. However, when grant funding ran out, these programs couldn’t expand or sometimes even continue. (more…)

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Peeking Into the Brain

NYU Langone Medical Center is using a novel technology that serves as a flight simulator for neurosurgeons allowing them to rehearse complicated brain surgeries before making an actual incision on a patient. (more…)

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Device to Help Children Hear

A Los Angeles team of scientists and surgeons from Keck Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Huntington Medical Research Institutes reports that sound registering in the brain of a deaf Canadian boy for the first time after doctors activated a hearing device that had been surgically implanted in his brainstem. (more…)

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Help for the Mentally Ill

The District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) have partnered to develop a Health Home State Plan benefit that will target individuals with severe and persistent mental illness to help improve health outcomes. Both DHCF and DBH intend to implement this program January 2015. (more…)

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