• 16yo discovers early detection method for CANCER! WHAT?

    Asked by Qsommer34 on Friday, October 24, 2014

    16yo discovers early detection method for CANCER! WHAT?

    When Jack Andraka was 15 years old, he didn’t know what a pancreas was. Now, this teenager has created a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer that, while still in the preliminary stages, looks promising. So how did he become an health innovator?

    Andraka tells the story during Session 6 of TED2013.


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    • Qsommer34's Avatar
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      This is PROOF that just because you have a PHD or MD next to your name doesn't mean you are creative enough to come up with new ideas. A Great New idea can come from anywhere. I'd offer a Million Dollar reward for ANYBODY who comes up with a NEW idea that can cure cancer or other illnesses. White Coat Superiority can be dangerous.
      Some of the greatest inventions came from just some guy in a garage or bedroom. The Google and Facebook guys dropped out of college....didn't seem to hurt their creativity. Creativity and Imagination does NOT always equate to intelligence or degrees from Harvard....ugh

      over 5 years ago
    • Qsommer34's Avatar

      Necessity being the mother of invention... this story has always intrigued me. A father, looking to save his sons life.

      "To keep 5-week-old Casey alive, a needle had to be inserted each day through the soft spot in his skull to remove the excess fluid. Dr. Spitz told Holter about his shunt. He also told him about the problems with the valve and the high likelihood of failure. Holter headed home, locked himself up in his garage, and three weeks later emerged with the first prototype of what would later be called the Spitz-Holter shunt."


      over 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Wow! That is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

      over 5 years ago

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