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Vaccinating the World - The Challenge of Covid-19
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IEEE EMBS Public Forum: Healthcare Tech Industry Trends
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EMBS Statement on Fighting Racism and Xenophobia
EMBS Statement on Fighting Racism and Xenophobia
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Unprecedented Collaboration in Pursuit of Diagnostics and Treatments to Fight COVID-19

The IEEE Grand Challenges Forum was held 12-15 November 2020, and speakers discussed topics related to the challenges and opportunities for screening, tracing, and treatment of COVID-19. The forum highlighted the unprecedented collaboration among biomedical engineers, clinicians, and healthcare industry leaders to fast track development of novel diagnostics and treatments to fight COVID-19 including the development of portable, rapidly deployable, and affordable diagnostic testing kits, personal protective equipment, mechanical ventilators, and data analysis and modeling tools.

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Novel Health Risk Alert System for Occupational Safety in Hot Environments
The last century has seen a gradual increase in global average temperatures—a phenomenon that has come to be known as global warming. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record and that the global average temperature was ~1.2 oC above preindustrial (1850–1900) levels. Adverse effects on health resulting from global warming are important issues to consider, as health risks associated with such extreme heat are anticipated... Read more

Targeting the Gut to Treat the Brain
Only ten years ago, the idea that bacteria in your gut could affect your brain and behavior was seen as a fringe theory. But today, it is well-established that the trillions of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract—collectively known as the gut microbiome—profoundly influence the brain. Now, researchers are working to harness the power of the gut microbiome to develop new treatments for brain disorders... Read more
Probing the Future of Psychedelics for Mental Health
Mounting evidence suggests that psychedelics may be useful for treating a range of different neuropsychiatric conditions that currently have limited treatment options. On May 4–6, 2021, leaders from academia and industry discussed a variety of issues related to the development and adoption of psychedelic drugs for different conditions during the virtual Psychedelic Therapeutics and Drug Development Conference. Selected topics from the conference are presented below... Read more
Harnessing Another Tool for Treating Brain Cancer
In the United States alone, an estimated 700,000 people have been diagnosed and are living with a brain tumor, and it is estimated that approximately 84,000 people will receive a tumor diagnosis in 2021 [1]. Fortunately, the majority of these tumors will be benign; on average only 30% of all brain tumors are malignant. For patients with malignant tumors, the current five-year survival rate is 36% with an average 31% ten-year survival rate [2], but for those diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM)—one of the most deadly and treatment-resistant cancers—the patient survival rate falls to a low 7.2% and the median life-span after diagnosis is only eight months. GBM is the most common primary malignant brain tumor, even as an increasing numbers of cancer patients are diagnosed with brain metastases (secondary brain tumors), where the cancer has traveled to the brain from another part of the body... Read more
Reproductive Health in the Time of COVID
In spring 2020, the pandemic began shutting down the world—restaurants, colleges, even entire cities felt emptied and closed. A cloud of uncertainty lingered over most parts of the world and altered our daily schedules and tasks. But for a wide segment of society, it wasn’t the toilet paper, or the masks, or the isolation from their families that hurt the worst—it was the sudden uncertainty around one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives: reproduction... Read more

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Transactions on

Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

2021
VOLUME 29
ITNSB3
29
The IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering Volume 29 has been published.
Continuous Gait Phase Estimation using LSTM for Robotic Transfemoral Prosthesis Across Walking Speeds
User gait phase estimation plays a key role for the seamless control of the lower-limb robotic assistive devices (e.g., exoskeletons or prostheses) during ambulation. To achieve this, several studies have attempted to estimate the gait phase using a thigh or... Read more
Eye Blink Artifact Detection with Novel Optimized Multi-dimensional Electroencephalogram Features
Accurate eye blink artifact detection is essential for electroencephalogram (EEG) analysis and auxiliary analysis of nervous system diseases, especially in the presence of the frontal epileptiform discharges. In this paper, we develop a novel eye blink artifact detection algorithm based... Read more
IEEE Journal of

Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

2020
VOLUME 9
IJTEHM
9
The IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine Volume 9 was recently published.
3D-Printed Ophthalmic Retrobulbar Anesthesia Simulator: Mimicking Anatomical Structures and Providing Tactile Sensations
Objective: A simulator for retrobulbar anesthesia administration mimicking the orbital anatomy and providing tactile sensation is proposed. Methods: The production process involves 3D modeling of anatomical structures on the basis of computerized tomography (CT) images, printing the models using a... Read more
Creation of an Automated Fluorescence Guided Tumor Ablation System
Objective: Create a device that improves the identification and extent of resection at the interface between healthy and tumor tissue; ultimately, using this device would improve surgical outcomes for patients and increase survival. Methods: We have created a contactless tumor... Read more