Ending a pregnancy taboo: Lode Dewulf at TEDxBrusselsChange

Because of a pervasive taboo on conducting experiments with pregnant women, doctors have a dearth of medical data to rely on when treating pregnant patients. In this call to action at TEDxBrusselsChange, Lode Dewulf asks researchers to break down these taboos and for pregnant women to share their medical data — moves that, according to Dewulf, could save countless lives. (Filmed at TEDxBrusselsChange)

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TEDx, alfresco: In San Jose, California, TEDx’ers took over Santana Row Park in Silicon Valley to watch TEDGlobal 2013 in the fresh air. Attendees came from all over the area, and TEDxBrussels curator Sam De Brouwer came all the way from Belgium to join in the fun. Organizers had a quadracopter fly over the scene to take video and photographs of the crowd amongst the park’s trees and blue sky.

Hey doctor, wait longer to cut the umbilical cord!: Alan Greene

When a baby is born, the first thing doctors do is clamp and sever the umbilical cord. But could this common practice actually harm the infant? At TEDxBrussels, Alan Greene warns that millions of kids might be affected by not having the opportunity to receive crucial oxygen-, iron-, and stem cell-rich blood after birth, and calls for doctors around the world to optimize the timing of umbilical cord removal. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels)

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Visualizing science without math: Peter Jansen

"We can help kids develop an intuitive understanding of the world."

Noticing that the fear of complex mathematical concepts often impedes a person’s interest in science, Peter Jansen hopes to transform how students understand the subject with the help of his Star Trek-inspired “tricoder,” a device designed to visualize, not just analyze, the science behind everyday objects. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

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