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Birthing mat tracks blood loss

In Bangladesh, a birthing kit now includes a mat that absorbs up to 500ml of blood. If there is more blood than that, it may be a hemorrhage requiring attention. Economist http://econ.st/114YoBI

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Male Circumcision to Prevent AIDS Transmission

Studies in AIDS-prevalent regions of Africa show a 60% reduction in transmission from woman to man after circumcision. Gates Foundation: http://bit.ly/8T7Gcq

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Don't Sit

"Sitting is the 'smoking' of our generation". http://bit.ly/ZPpJZ7

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Test all adults in some countries for HIV

Epidemiologists show that testing all adults for HIV in India would overall save money. Economist http://econ.st/11CuhmQ

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Make Condoms More Pleasurable

A Gates Foundation Grand Challenge seeks ideas for making condoms more pleasurable. If men wore condoms more, HIV and pregnancy rates would plummet. NY Times http://nyti.ms/14TAzmv

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EpiPens for All

If we place defibrillators everywhere, why not epipins? NYTimes http://nyti.ms/1699k8q

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Glucose Monitoring Tattoo

Researchers have inserted carbon nanotubules under the skin of diabetics. They change properties with altered glucose levels. NY Times http://bit.ly/cytTlt

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Tax Soda

A penny per ounce tax on soda will cut obesity, decrease medical problems, and pay for better school lunches. Nice NY Times review http://nyti.ms/8YTX6y

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Drink Tap Water

Tap water is subject to tighter government control than bottled water, and comes without the environmentally harmful bottle. Fortune Magazine http://bit.ly/d4Pb5r

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Return Speed Limit to 55 MPH

The lifting of the 55 mph speed limit in 1995 has resulted in over 12,000 additional deaths - more than Iraq, Afghanistan and 9/11 combined. Higher speeds also use way more fuel. Freakonomics blog: http://nyti.ms/9NRmEq

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Provide Cheap Sanitary Pads In Developing Countries

Girls in developing countries often don't participate in school or sports due to lack of cheap sanitary pads. A program in Kenya helps. A Changemakers.com winning idea 2008. http://bit.ly/6VXu84

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Research and Track Happiness

Researchers currently study national data and rank US states (and DC) by happiness. (NY is 51st.) http://ow.ly/OMua

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