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Item: Bag of Produce from NYC Greenmarket

Value: $40


About: Greenmarket was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer. // can’t wait to support this amazing clinic for the uninsured!!! and try to win this prize…

And the Winner is … Streetlights, for Applying Big Data to Community Health

Jan 15, 2014, 12:41 PM, Posted by Paul Tarini

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Big data, the buzzword of choice these days in information technology, holds the promise of transforming health care as programmers and policy-makers figure out how to mine trillions of ones and zeros for information about the best (and worst) health practices, disease and lifestyle trends, interconnections, and insights. The problem is, where to start? To jump start the process, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined in a Knight News Challenge: Health and issued its own call to developers to come up with innovative ways to combine public health and health care data, with a $50,000 prize to the best idea.

The results are in. When the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of its News Challenge for ideas focused on unlocking the power of health data on January 15—you can see the list here—we also announced the winner of our companion prize for the best entries who combined public health data with data from health care to improve the health of communities. Our first place winner is the Streetlights Project from Chicago.

Streetlights brings together data from the Chicago Health Atlas, a website for displaying aggregate health-related information on a map so that people can see the prevalence of specific health conditions in their area and find out how they can improve their health; and HealtheRx, a website that connects people to resources to help them improve their health, manage disease, and live independently. The combined data will work as a shared and dynamic data resource for the public, and public health officials, independent of the health care system.

We set up the companion prize to award 2nd and 3rd place, but none of the other entries satisfied the criteria we set, demonstrating the scarcity of successful efforts to combine public health and health care data are.

In addition to the Knight Awards and our companion prize, the California Health Care Foundation also awarded a companion prize for Big Data on a Local Scale, that is, the best project to get health data into the hands of city and county officials—and spur them to use the information to improve people’s lives. The winner of there was the Solutions Journalism Network. See more details here.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the entrants. I encourage folks to read through as many as you can to get a picture of the interesting work and creative thinking that’s going on in this space. And I offer a special thanks to the folks at Knight for taking this on and managing the challenge. They did a great job.

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“Lab on a chip” can accurately measure male fertility

 The chip is designed for simple, one-off use, and measures sperm concentration as it flows past electrode bridges in a small liquid-filled channel. The equipment is sensitive enough to distinguish white blood cells — another indicator of sperm quality — as well as count the number of motile and non-motile sperm

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Forget the drugs, we’ve got music.

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Laser surgery. A single laser beam is aimed at the cornea of the human eye.

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" The increases now under consideration in New York would affect 1.3 million of the 3 million residents in individual and small-group plans; the amounts vary considerably depending on the type of policy. The increases requested by Aetna, for example, range from 8.9 percent to 53.6 percent, while those from United Health Group/Oxford range from 13 percent to 34 percent, according to the State Insurance Department. Check out the NYTimes article for more info… "

Gilded Chinese Pharmaceutical Factory 

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Doctors at a hospital in Istanbul are turning to an unusual form of medicine - music. Music therapy may sound a strange approach to modern medicine but according to doctors at the Memorial hospital in the Turkish capital it is producing results. The man behind the drive is Professor Bingur Sonmez and he has been joined by his colleagues Dr Erol Can and Mehmet Susam in order to revive the traditional Islamic idea of music therapy. Pictured above: Dr Erol Can (centre), plays a yayli tanbur (an Ottoman violin) with Professor Bingur Sonmez (left) holding a flute and Mehmet Susam (right) playing guitar.

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me want honeycombs.


Human spongy bone from the upper arm.


Barrett’s Esophagus Progressing to Esophageal Cancer.

With gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastric acid refluxes through the lower esophageal sphincter into the lower esophagus. This process may happen due to a variety of reasons. The cells in the esophagus, unaccustomed to the constant exposure to acid, may become metaplastic, changing from a non-keratinized stratified squamous epithelium (well suited to protect against abrasion and injury from masticated food) to a columnar epithelium. If reflux is severe or occurs for an extended period of time, the lower esophagus may become dysplastic - that is, the cells start to look and develop abnormally. If left unchecked, this eventually leads to esophageal cancer. 

Molecularly Engineered Cells from Self Induce Tumor Lysis for 2 Patients (and counting…)

Doctors are finally looking to cut out the middle man!


Miniature lab can diagnose HIV and syphilis in the field in minutes with only a finger-prick of blood and a credit card-sized reader.

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