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Alanna Shaikh        

Global Health & International Development Writer, TED Fellow, Alzheimer's Disease Advocate

TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh is a global health and development specialist with a vendetta against jargon.

On her blog, "Blood and Milk," she aims to make global development issues both accessible and understandable.

In her book, "What's Killing Us," she explains the biggest challenges in global wellness -- from HIV/AIDS to the diminishing effectiveness of antibiotics -- in a way that anyone can understand. Earlier this year, she co-founded AidSource, a social network for aid workers.

She is also the co-founder of the group SMART Aid, which educates donors and start-up projects about international aid.

Alanna Shaikh is especially interested in Alzheimer's, as she has watched her father deteriorate from the disease for over a decade. Unlike many people, who would prefer to think that it won't happen to them, Shaikh has decided to plan in case she develops the genetically transmitted disease.

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