A HS Freshman’s Cancer Breakthrough

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Olivia Saine
A HS Freshman’s Cancer Breakthrough

  Jack Andraka was a high school freshman in 2012 when a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer. Deeply affected, he was motivated to read up on the disease and found that diagnosis is usually in a late stage when treatment is ineffective and there is a very low survival rate. Jack was shocked […]

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Young Healthcare Provider for Sierra Leone

Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Emily Dallas
Young Healthcare Provider for Sierra Leone

Jennifer Kamara grew up in Sierra Leone knowing the consequences of conflict. Throughout the early years of her life, the now 24-year-old Jennifer experienced the decade-long conflict that ravaged her country and tore apart its infrastructure and institutions. After the conflict ended, much rebuilding was necessary to re-establish the infrastructure and economy. Because of the […]

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Giving Hope to Many from a Wheelchair

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angelica Pastrana
Giving Hope to Many from a Wheelchair

Cody Unser is an ambitious young woman who is rarely seen without her big smile. You would never be able to tell that when she was younger, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a neurological condition that injures the spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed and restrained to a wheelchair. At the time of her […]

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Student, 17, Invents Life-Saving Miracle Gel

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Angelica Pastrana
Student, 17, Invents Life-Saving Miracle Gel

It’s a sunny day, and you are driving to get your morning coffee. Everything seems to be going the same as usual, until a car swerves into you and crashes your car into a pole. Your ­­­arm is spewing blood – what do you do? At the age of 17, Joe Landolina came up with […]

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Ending Hunger- One Garden At A Time

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
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When Katie Stagliano was just nine in 2008, she came home with a cabbage seedling as a part of a third grade program with Bonnie Plants. She took care of it, watering it, weeding around it, fertilizing it, and it soon grew to an impressive 40 kg. Realizing that this cabbage needed a special home, […]

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Gizmo Gives Blind A Sixth Sense

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Gizmo Gives Blind A Sixth Sense

When one of his close friends lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15, Khaled Shady from Egypt, then a teenager, became determined to help. At the age of 20, Khaled, alongside three other computer engineer graduates at the Menoufia University, created a wearable belt with a Bluetooth-connected headset for the blind […]

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Surbhi Sarna Fights Against Ovarian Cancer

Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Surbhi Sarna Fights Against Ovarian Cancer

Starting at the age of 13, Surbhi Sarna experienced such intense abdominal pain that she would faint. The pain was sharp; it felt like being stabbed with a knife, whose handle was constantly being twisted.  Doctors first assumed Surbhi’s pain was appendicitis, then they presumed it might be ovarian cancer. The only way to determine […]

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The Cardiopad: Arthur Zang Provides Mobile Cardiology to Millions

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
The Cardiopad: Arthur Zang Provides Mobile Cardiology to Millions

Arthur Zang, a 26-year-old Cameroonian, is the inventor of the Cardiopad, the first fully touchscreen medical tablet made in Cameroon and in Africa that could save millions of lives around the continent and beyond. The Cardiopad is especially crucial in countries like his own, which only has 30 heart surgeons for a population of around […]

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Easton LaChappelle – Wonder Boy of Prosthetics

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Ravneet Kaur Sandhu
Easton LaChappelle – Wonder Boy of Prosthetics

When Easton LaChappele was fourteen, he came up with an idea to build a wireless robotic hand controlled by a wireless controlled glove. Unlike the idle drams of the regular teenager, this teenager from a sleepy town in Colorado made sure that his dreams saw light one day. It was one of the most practical […]

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Ground-breaking cancer test invented by teen prodigy

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Ravneet Sandhu
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At the age of sixteen, Jack Andraka is a prize winning scientist, who has revolutionized cancer diagnostics. In May 2012, he won the grand prize Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, worth $75,000, beating out 1,500 participants from over 70 countries in the competition considered the Olympics of Science. […]

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Zenful Bites: Building a New Food System

Friday, October 11th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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The food system today is not the one previous generations were used to. Genetic engineering and the agrochemical complex have “changed the way our food is produced, distributed and marketed, and, in many cases, not for the better” according to Greenpeace. For instance, the use of pesticides currently not only pollutes streams and wells and […]

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Student Wins Thiel Fellowship to Pursue Life-Saving Cancer Research

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by Jordan Doll

Riley Ennis had a passion for biomedical engineering long before he considered majoring in it at Dartmouth College. As a high school student, Ennis spent three years on a cancer vaccine that teaches the human body to recognize and remove tumors similarly to how the immune system attacks bacteria. The work caught the attention of  […]

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Can physical therapy be fun and fast? Romanian entrepreneur Cosmin Mihaiu proves it can!

Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Can physical therapy be fun and fast? Romanian entrepreneur Cosmin Mihaiu proves it can!

Cosmin Mihaiu, a 23-year-old Romanian, is on his way to revolutionizing physical therapy. With three other classmates from the Software Engineering Department at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Mihaiu has developed a computer software program called the Medical Interactive Recovery Assistant (MIRA), which helps patients undergoing physiotherapy recuperate faster and  have fun doing it. In an interview […]

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Ludwick Marishane: the young inventor of the DryBath

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Ludwick Marishane: the young inventor of the DryBath

In 2007, Ludwick Marishane, a South African high-school student, was sunbathing with friends on a cold winter’s day. Before going to take a bath, one of them exclaimed: “Why doesn’t someone invent something you can just put on your skin and avoid the need to bathe?” The proposition immediately got Marishane thinking. He would buy […]

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F*ck Cancer: Yael Cohen’s revolutionary approach to beating cancer

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
F*ck Cancer: Yael Cohen’s revolutionary approach to beating cancer

In 2009, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, then 22 years-old Yael Cohen decided to start a non-profit organization called F*ck Cancer. Cohen recalls why she decided to create the organization: “The movement started from my head in my hands, defeated and defiant, wanting to support my mom. I decided I would […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Things can seem so simple through the eyes of a child. There is no grey, only black and white, right and wrong. It often makes adults, those who “know better,” simply shake their heads. But it’s also why children can surprise us and enlighten us, can accomplish things we wouldn’t have even dreamed of—like, say, […]

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. . . So What’s the Matter with the Way I Look?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Amy Campbell
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A young South African delivers medication on a bicycle

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
A young South African delivers medication on a bicycle

Sizwe Nzima, a young South African entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has started Iyeza Express, an innovative business that is helping solve overcrowding at public health facilities and the ever increasing number of patients at clinics and hospitals queuing to collect their medication, while also improving the lives of people who rely on […]

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Reforming Nigeria’s Healthcare System

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Born in Ekiti, Nigeria and raised by foster parents in the town of Lowestoft England, Ola Orekumrin is the founder of Flying Doctors of Nigeria, West Africa’s first air balance service. It is a social enterprise ensuring urgent air ambulances to leading health institutions, insurance companies and private individuals throughout West Africa. Talking about her organization, the young […]

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Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Bringing Change to Rural Indian Households

Neha  Juneja, a  27 year-old Indian entrepreneur, is the co-founder and CEO of Greenway Grameen Infra, a company, whose first product, the Smart Stove, has the potential to revolutionize the cooking process and bring a fundamental change in rural households. The Smart Stove burns biomass with incredible efficiency, while cutting smoke emissions by 80 percent […]

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Lizzie Marie Likness: How to start a cooking empire at age 6

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Lizzie Marie Likness: How to start a cooking empire at age 6

13-year-old Lizzie Marie Likness is the founder of Lizzie Marie Cuisine, a successful website that she started when she was 6 years-old. The site features videos, recipes and blogs to help kids eat and live healthier and discover that cooking can be fun. Lizzie Marie started helping her mom in the kitchen at the age […]

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