Opt-out organ donation, malaria vaccines, collaboration between doctors and traditional healers
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Today we have articles on the new ‘opt-out’ organ donor system in England, how genetically modified malaria parasites could form anti-malaria vaccinations, and the traditional healers working with doctors in Sierra Leone to reach more patients.
‘Opt-out’ organ donor system introduced in England
In the UK, an estimated 80% said they would donate their organs but only 40% are signed up, so the new opt-out system will make organ donation more widely available.
Genetically modified malaria parasites form basis for two promising anti-malaria vaccines
Humans have been inoculated with the engineered plasmodium parasites in clinical trials which have showed safe and encouraging immune responses.
Traditional healers pair with doctors in Sierra Leone to reach more patients
In Sierra Leone, the majority of people visit healers rather than doctors, who are now stepping in to help bridge trust and collaboration between old and new methods.
Women’s collective in Brazil helps to reforest Xingu River Basin
The Yarang Women’s Movement have collected 3.2 tons of seeds over the past decade, which are sold back to rural landowners to help reforestation.
170,000 mirrors used to create mega solar plant
The Ivanpah Solar Energy Facility plant covers 14,000 square kilometres and can power 140,000 homes every year, a scale that makes solar energy cheaper to access.
3 billion trees will be planted in Europe to restore nature
The new strategy to preserve nature will plant 3 billion trees across the EU’s 27 member states in a strategy laid out by the European Commission as part of the European Green Deal.
Patients who must take multiple pills could be helped by 3D printed drugs
People who have to take numerous pills a day, especially those with dementia, would be helped by the pill that would deliver the right dose of medication at the correct time.
Smarter Sorting’ utilises artificial intelligence to reduce retail waste
The sorting AI-powered platform detects products that could be reused and recycled, cutting retail waste by saving products heading to landfill.
Factory workers in Bangladesh supported by mystery clothing boxes that also prevent landfill
Due to the pandemic, $2 billion worth of clothes orders are now destined for landfill. The £35 simultaneously supports the workers that made the clothes and averts waste.
Dumplings fighting against hate
The New York-based campaign seeks to counteract coronavirus-related racism and also raise fund for businesses in Chinatown that have lost income.