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August 29, 2016

IHME study shows Syrian civil war has shortened lifespans

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An IHME-led study published in the Lancet examined health in countries such as Syria, Tunisia and Yemen from 1990 to 2013 found that since the Arab Spring began in 2010, a combination of increased violence and a collapse in health care has led to the drop of the region’s average expected life span. In Syria, a deadly and…


August 8, 2016

Tracing China’s past with geologic and oral history

Emperor Yu is famous through Chinese legends in which he worked to control persistent flooding.

A paper published this week in Science finds evidence to support stories that a huge flood took place in China about 4,000 years ago, during the reign of Emperor Yu. The study, led by Chinese researcher Qinglong Wu, finds evidence for a massive landslide dam break that could have redirected the course of the Yellow…


June 29, 2016

UW project highlights liability of internet ‘intermediaries’ in developing countries

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How much liability do website owners and other online service providers have for content posted by other people? If someone posts content on your website that is defamatory, constitutes hate speech, disseminates child pornography or invades someone’s privacy, are you liable? The answers to such questions can be murky in developing countries. And as internet…


June 21, 2016

UW-led team awarded $1M bioelectronics innovation prize

Diagram illustrating the team’s approach

An international team led by researchers at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) based at the University of Washington is one of three finalists in a race to produce an implantable wireless device that can assess, stimulate and block the activity of nerves that control organs. For the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge, the team…


June 16, 2016

Language learning changes your brain – even as an adult

Learning Chinese

Researchers from the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) showed that adults immersed in a foreign language environment undergo brain changes. Read more from Quartz…


June 14, 2016

Professor, researcher, detective – saving endangered animals

Samuel K. Wasser

UW Professor Samuel . K Wasser “is a Sherlock Holmes of the wildlife trade. With modern biochemical tools and old-fashioned shoe leather, he sleuths out the merchants behind the market for poached animal products.” Read more from The New York Times…


May 25, 2016

Innovative cup designed to save babies

A baby drinks from the new cup

Experts from the University of Washington and PATH have invented a special low-cost cup for feeding special needs babies. Each year in the developing world, millions of babies are born with health challenges that impair feeding and can lead to starvation. The $1 NIFTY cup provides a new solution. Read more from The Seattle Times…


May 17, 2016

US-India collaboration finds molecular signatures of severe malaria

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The University of Washington’s International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in South Asia — along with partners at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) and Goa Medical College (GMC) of India — have discovered that specific types of parasite proteins, when combined with high parasite biomass, strongly predict severe malaria disease in adults. The…


May 4, 2016

New tool measures lung function over the phone, from anywhere in the world

Spiro call phone

University of Washington computer science and engineering and electrical engineering researchers have developed SpiroCall, a new health sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function over a simple phone call. Read more from UW Today…


April 25, 2016

Myanmar goes mobile, with UW’s help

mobile users in Myanmar

A reformist government speeded Myanmar’s transition to democracy three years ago, dramatically increasing access to information. In 2011, just four percent of the population had mobile phones. Now the figure is closer to eighty percent, with many people owning smartphones. But navigating the flood of online information can be problematic for new users with no experience…



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