November/December 2019

Retrospectroscope November/December 2019
Oblivion Phenomenon in Science
Recognition of true merits may not be a common virtue of the human being, as often achievements are either forgotten, not seen or just buried into oblivion. History of science has plenty of examples, occasionally tainted by endless and useless... Read more
Retrospectroscope November/December 2019
Physical Rehabilitation: A Historical Look
Medicine aims toward restoring, maintaining, and improving human health, and engineering aims toward restoring, maintaining and improving human wellness. Both disciplines apply knowledge from science and technology at large to accomplish such objectives. Bioengineering, also called biomedical engineering, is defined... Read more
Feature November/December 2019
Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, but Remain Historically High
The good news: Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that drug overdose deaths have dropped for the first time since 1990... Read more
Feature November/December 2019
Mapping the Future of Closed-Loop Brain-Machine Neurotechnology
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are designed to establish communication between the brain and external devices (e.g., a computer or prosthetic), using recorded signals to control the devices. Closed-loop BMIs extend this cycle further by continuously recording signals from the brain and... Read more
Feature November/December 2019
Advances in Gene Therapy Offer Hope for Rare Disorders
After decades of promise tempered by setbacks, gene therapies are now bringing new treatment options for a variety of inherited and acquired diseases. Recently, clinical trials at the NIH Clinical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have shown that gene... Read more
Cover Story November/December 2019
Joint Ventures
Within a decade, life will likely become a lot easier for people with low back pain. The reason is cell therapy. Research is progressing rapidly and clinical trials are ongoing for new products that promise to repair the damage at... Read more
Student's Corner November/December 2019
Students Host Successful Congress in Turkey
The IEEE Balikesir University student branch hosted the 17th IEEE Turkey Students and Young Professionals Congress (17.IEEE Turkey SYPC) in Balikesir,Turkey, between 23-27 August, 2019. The 17th IEEE Turkey Students and Young Professionals Congress (SYPC) is the IEEE Turkey Section’s... Read more
State of the Art November/December 2019
A War at All Costs?
War between the two worlds Eminiar VII and Vendikar had gone on for 500 years with no cessation in sight. This war was conducted by computer simulation, so that a virtual hit on one planet was retaliated by a computer-generated... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2019
On the Hippocratic Oath
Controversy surrounding the Hippocratic oath is not new. Taken by doctors around the world before starting to practice medicine, the oath, which is more than 2400 years old, establishes a number of ethical principles in medicine. Yet what appears in... Read more