All posts in "Health"

Cooking can kill, but these Rotarians are changing that

By Cathryn Wellner / November 18, 2015

  For millions of people around the world, cooking is a deadly activity. Fire gets away and kills eight times more children than malaria. Fumes cause respiratory, eye and skin problems. Even finding the fuel to burn is a huge problem, and burning that fuel contributes a billion tons of greenhouses gases. Enter Stove Team […]


High school student designs pram for moms in wheelchairs

By Cathryn Wellner / November 6, 2015

The waterfront walk near my home is a favourite spot for running moms. They pop junior in an expensive pram and get their exercise while baby gets fresh air. Absent on the scene are moms in wheelchairs. Pushing a pram is not in the cards. Or at least it wasn’t. But a Detroit high school […]


The world’s improving in many ways, and he can prove it

By Cathryn Wellner / August 28, 2015

Don’t take my word for it. We have a lot to be optimistic about. So on days when worries about the state of the world are bringing down your spirits, head over to Max Rosen’s Our World in Data or check out his Facebook and Twitter streams. The Oxford economist provides data on the big […]


Boy with leukemia gets back yard makeover

By Cathryn Wellner / August 17, 2015

Public spaces can be toxic for Bryan Carroll, but he still wants to have fun. What the community of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, community did for the 7-year-old boy will melt your heart. Bryan was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago. He has spent a lot of time in hospital. He told a family friend, Leanne […]


Double hand transplant recipient will swing on the monkey bars

By Cathryn Wellner / August 14, 2015

Zion Harvey lost his hands when he was a toddler. A bacterial infection ravaged his body. He lost his hands and feet to gangrene and needed a kidney transplant. The two-year-old not only survived. He grew into a normal, boisterous, cheerful 8-year-old. With leg prosthetics he could run and jump. Using his forearms he could […]


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 […]

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