Health and agriculture innovations win top prizes

101015-F-9059M-059 DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (Oct. 15, 2010) – Nurses of Dil Chora Hospital practice patient assessment and care during the first week-long emergency medical technician (EMT) refresher course, a partnership between Dil Chora Hospital, soldiers of the U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, Charlie Company, Combined Joint Task Force Ð Horn of Africa, and Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 (NMCB 7) Oct. 15. The course included basic life saving skills, blood and shock management, patient movement, respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies as well as hands-on practice of cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kat McDowell/Released)

An injectable product made from bone growth proteins for treating bone injuries has won the 2014 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).

South African scientists Nicolaas Duneas and Nuno Peres — who created the  Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (OBM) — say the product is “the world’s first injectable regenerating bone graft substitute” derived from pig. Read more