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The biggest health achievement in the United States in the last half century?

Kristof @ NYT: Let’s break for a quiz: What was the biggest health care breakthrough in the last 40 years in the United States? Heart bypasses? CAT scans and M.R.I.’s? New cancer treatments? No, it was the cigarette tax. Every

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Millionaire Superheroes: the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Justin Rowlatt at The BBC celebrates the 50th birthday of IR8, a strain of rice developed by the IRRI in the Philippines that more than doubled rice productivity. It is thought that IR8 saved many millions of lives and transformed

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Millionaire Superheros: Henry Heimlich

Henry Heimlich’s biggest innovation is famous: the Heimlich maneuver for saving people from choking.  The Deaconess Institute estimates it has saved 50,000 lives in the US and since the US is less than 5% of world population, it is likely that

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Unmasking Millionaire Superheroes: Nils Bohlin

Dylan Matthews at VOX shows a graph from the WHO that the trend of rising life expectancy has been continuing since 1990: Life expectancy has been rising fastest in low income countries which have the lowest life expectancy, but average life

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The most important medical advance of the past century

Antibiotics revolutionized medicine, but it is likely that no single antibiotic caused as big of a drop in deaths as a simple over-the-counter medicine that you have probably taken it at some point without appreciating how revolutionary it is.  It treats the ailment that was

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Unmasking Millionaire Superheroes: Edwin Chadwick and Thomas Southwood Smith

Max Roser has created a treasure trove of unique visualizations of data showing what the work of millionaire superheroes has accomplished over the past two centuries at his personal blog, and at his new site, Our World in Data.  The

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Norman Borlaug, Millionaire Superhero

Norman Borlaug is the first person that I thought of as a millionaire superhero because when he died in 2009, his obituaries usually credited him with saving millions of lives or even a billion lives.  He and his teams of

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