Once cancer "hitchhikes"—by growing along nerves toward the brain—a patient's chance of survival decreases dramatically. By looking at head scans in a new way, Kirsch spots these hitchhikers before they're a death sentence.
Facing potentially terminal cancer, Tipple realized the importance of saying thanks. "We live in a society that celebrates individual accomplishment," he says. "Nobody has ever accomplished anything in this world without the help and input of others."
South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world, with 5.6 million people. Parrott, a filmmaker, documented hospice care in country—and found an "incredibly adaptive" program that met community needs as well as health care.