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Innovation: How a 50-Year-Old Drop of Blood Helps Solve an Urgent Global Health Challenge

In high-income countries, babies born preterm (before 37 weeks in the womb) are at increased risk for complications, but many of these complications can be treated effectively with readily available tools, including ventilators to help preterm newborns breathe, IV lines to supply nutrition and antibiotics to treat sepsis.

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Innovation: Expanding the Fight Against Malaria

When your goal is just to reduce illness and death caused by malaria, you’re likely to focus most of your energy on Plasmodium falciparum – the deadliest and most common parasite behind the disease. But when you’re trying to end malaria for good – eradicate it from the face of our planet – you have to tackle malaria in all its forms, including P. vivax. This presents additional challenges that require innovation.

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Innovation: Finding the Problems and Solutions in the World Around Us

The invention of a spaceship that can make sophisticated discoveries 140 million miles away is an extraordinary feat on the part of the human race. But there are other extraordinary innovations that don’t require a billion-dollar piece of equipment. Sometimes, all they require is stuff that’s just lying around.

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Announcing the Next Phase of Grand Challenges

In-depth descriptions of three new Grand Challenges are available online; the application period opens November 4 and will remain open until January 2015.

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A Mother’s Gift: Vaccinating Mom Can Protect Baby Too

A landmark study shows that influenza vaccination of pregnant women is safe and protects women and their infants against the flu.

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