All posts in "Health"

Crowdsourcing a cancer cure

By Cathryn Wellner / August 3, 2015

Just when you think you’ve heard everything… Artist Salvatore Iaconesi was given a fearful diagnosis: brain cancer. He told a TED audience in 2013 that he did not want to be a patient, “the one who waits.” His response was novel. He asked for a print-out of his cancer. He spoke to it, telling the […]


Shoes that grow as children’s feet grow

By Cathryn Wellner / June 12, 2015

Anyone who buys shoes for children knows how quickly their feet grow. Kenton Lee stumbled onto a way to solve the problem of the constant demand for new shoes while he was living and working in Kenya. He saw children in too-small shoes and sighed a wish: for a shoe that could grow right along […]


She did on one leg what most people can’t on two

By Cathryn Wellner / April 17, 2015

When thieves attacked Arunima Sinha, one of India’s volleyball champions, in April 2011 she fought back. No one on the crowded train stepped forward to help her so they threw her out of the train. An oncoming train ran over her leg, crushing it below the knee. As she described it in her INK Talk, […]


Edward Monkton’s ‘The Pig of Happiness’

By Cathryn Wellner / April 3, 2015

The pigs in this barnyard are a whiny lot until one of them decides to become The Pig of Happiness. Before long he has spread so much happiness it catches on with the other pigs, then the sheep and chickens. You get the idea. What Monkton has created in the video version of his delightful […]


The best way to avoid Alzheimer’s

By Cathryn Wellner / March 9, 2015

My partner and I are in that chapter of life where organ recitals and death chats are common. In my younger years I was absolutely certain I would never be one of those boring old people who drone on and on about their ailments. I was young then. I still don’t spend a lot of […]


#1194 Buy a carpet; save a child

By Cathryn Wellner / January 26, 2015

Children are perfect for the job of weaving rugs. Their small hands can tie the tiniest of knots. In one 8’ x 10’ rug, a million of those knots form the exquisite design. Of course, young children do not have the years of experience of a skilled, trained adult, but for unethical factory owners, they […]


#1190 Missouri students raise funds for ailing custodian

By Cathryn Wellner / January 16, 2015

Their high school custodian is 72 years old, a fixture at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri. The school’s building manager Scott Bolamn, told CBS St. Louis, “Our students look at him like a grandfather figure.” When they learned he was facing serious health issues, they rallied around him, launching a GoFundMe campaign to […]


#1189 The Potluck Cafe, where job barriers come tumbling down

By Cathryn Wellner / January 14, 2015

Soup’s on at the Potluck Café, and it feeds both body and soul. The social enterprise, based in an area dubbed the poorest postal code in Canada, is bringing hope to some of British Columbia’s most marginalized residents. The organization describes its work this way: “As an award winning Social Enterprise, the mission of Potluck […]


#1177 Dr. Bob heals the poor

By Cathryn Wellner / December 15, 2014

Dr. Robert Paeglow works in a country that thinks medical care is the province of the rich. If you are not wealthy enough to afford it, well…too bad. You don’t deserve it. That attitude does not fill a doctor’s bank account. In fact, if a patient cannot afford the drugs Dr. Bob recommends, he writes […]

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