Jim Banks

Jim Banks (jb.banks@ntlworld.com) is a veteran freelance writer based in the United Kingdom who focuses on technology, health care, and international business issues.

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IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2016
Brexit Brings Fears for UK Science
After a bitter and hard fought campaign, the UK voted in a June referendum to decide whether it would remain part of the European Union (EU). Nearly 52% of voters chose to leave the EU, prompting the start of a... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2018
The Human Touch
We live in a time when science fiction can quickly become science fact. Within a generation, the Internet has matured from a technological marvel to a utility, and mobile telephones have redefined how we communicate. Health care, as an industry,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2016
'Target Malaria' Has a Killer in Its Sights
The mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world (Figure 1). It is the main carrier of parasites that cause malaria, which is a bigger killer than any other disease in history; in fact, some blame malaria for the deaths... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2014
Advancing Research in an Age of Austerity
The age of austerity dawned soon after the global financial crisis of 2008 took hold, and governments have since wrestled with how to cut back on public spending without damaging key services such as healthcare. In the UK, there is... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2017
Electronic Health Records: How Data Delivers Better Patient Outcomes
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provides health care free at the point of delivery and although it faces a constant battle for funding and skills it is nevertheless a body of which its clinicians and its patients are proud.... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2015
Neurotechnological Revolution
The brain contains all that makes us human, but its complexity is the source of both inspiration and frailty. The world’s scientific community is working hard to unravel the secrets of the brain’s computing power and to devise technologies that... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2017
The "Age" of Opportunity
For the last ten years, Peter Wintlev-Jensen has been immersed in one of the greatest challenges the world will have to address in the decades ahead—the unprecedented aging of the population not only in Europe but also across the globe.... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2016
The U.K. Pushes the Boundaries of Bionics
Using state-of-the-art technology, athletes at the Paralympic Games achieve great feats of physical prowess, but for most people using assistive and rehabilitative technologies (ART), even simple tasks can present huge challenges. Many do not make full use of the technology... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2017
Moving Objects with Your Mind
The best ideas are often simple in nature, though complex in detail, and great in potential. The stentrode is a perfect example, combining the familiar off-the-shelf technologies of a stent and an electrode. When situated in the brain, a stentrode... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2020
Chips Hold the Key to Reproductive Health
Female reproductive medicine may not have been entirely overlooked in the history of medical research, but it has never been given the attention that it deserves. There are signs, however, that the spotlight is turning toward the most essential of human processes... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2020
Healing Gets a Helping Hand
The human body is miraculous in its capacity to heal but it can always use a little help. Wound care traditionally consists of little more than a protective barrier, possibly with an antibacterial agent, to cover the damage while the body works its magic. Now, a new technology has opened up a more active approach to encouraging healing... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2020
Spellchecking for the Story of Life With CRISPR-Cas9 and Base, Prime Editors
Just four letters—A, G, T, and C—make up the alphabet of the genome. It may seem simple, but a small difference in spelling can create mutations that result in life-threatening diseases. Gene variants that cause genetic diseases come in many varieties. Transition point mutations cause conditions such as progeria, the rapid aging disease. Transversion point mutations cause sickle-cell disease and other major disorders. Small insertions can cause Tay-Sachs, which stops nerves working properly and is usually fatal, and deletions can result in cystic fibrosis... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2021
The PACE of Change
At a time when a global vaccine program is being rolled out at unprecedented speed, the world is more aware than ever before of the wonders of medical science. There are, however, many diseases that remain beyond the reach of modern medicine and the potency of some of our most widely used therapies are waning... Read more