Tag: TedTalks

TedTalk: Bill Davenhall on Geo-Medicine and Environmental Toxins

Bill Davenhall got to thinking about the influence of all the places he’d lived and the air he’d breathed in various environments. And he wondered why all the carbon dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, ozone and other environmental hazards weren’t a part of his medical record. In fact, that information could have helped doctors predict his heart attack.

Mapping Toxic Release Inventory data tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency and merging it with a person’s “place history” – geo-medicine – gives people and their doctors crucial information concerning health risks.

TEDTalk: Ellen ‘t Hoen and the Medicines Patent Pool

Ellen ‘t Hoen, a medical patents attorney and public policy consultant, started the Medicines Patent Pool through the World Health Organization to make patents widely available throughout the world, to help drive the price of access down for everyone. Here’s her TEDTalk about the Patent Pool, and the way it’s worked to disseminate low-cost HIV treatments.