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ng excess nutrients in the water by plant uptake.

The aquatic plants (e.g. Azolla, duckweed, water hyacinth, alligator weed, water fern) have high (up to 40% or more) protein content usable as food for humans, fish and livestock. Their use as biofuel is equally valuable. If successfully proven, researchers plan to adapt the technology and technique to sea conditions.

  • Screening for hearing-impaired babies
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    Of the 500,000 hearing impaired babies born every year worldwide, 100,000 are born in India. And in resource-poor settings, hearing impairment often goes undiagnosed until the child is about three years old -- too late for effective care to avoid speech loss and impaired communication.

    An innovative, low-cost technique enables even minimally-trained users users to screen babies quickly even in noisy environments.

    Researchers will run a safety and efficacy clinical validation on 30 adult subjects with the present prototype. With the next developed prototype, they will collect data from newborns.

    They also envision a network of audiologists providing after care, starting with 50 audiologists in India.

    "Universal Newborn Hearing Screening has the potential to transform the lives of individuals born with hearing impairment by allowing them to be active participants in the social and economic life of their communities," says lead researcher Nitin Sisodia of Stanford University, USA.

    "Additionally, no longer requiring full support from their families, these individuals can become productive members of society, contributing to the economic growth of developing nations."

  • A quick DNA-based test to diagnose crippling dengue fever in Indonesia
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    Proper care of mosquito-borne deng

  • Contact: Terry Collins
    Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health

    Lyn Whitham
    Grand Challenges Canada


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