Wudan Yan

Wudan Yan (wudan.yan@gmail.com) is a journalist and contributing writer to IEEE Pulse based in Seattle, Washington.

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IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2017
Testing the Waters
Water on Earth—in our oceans, rivers, lakes, and wetlands—might seem plentiful, but water that is clean and safe enough to drink actually isn’t so abundant. Nearly one in ten people still lacks access to safe water worldwide, according to the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2019
Technologies for Primary Health Care Help Meet Global Goals
Access to health care has long been considered to be a human right. It was formally declared in 1946 when the heads of states wrote the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). But more than 70 years after the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2018, March/April 2018
Staying in Motion After Stroke
Joel Stein After suffering a stroke—perhaps a blood clot gets lodged in the brain or a blood vessel near the brain bursts—a person may suddenly not be able to hear, talk, or see. He or she might have trouble walking or... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2018
Toward Better Management for Asthma
Although asthma has been around since Hippocrates’ time, more people are being diagnosed with the disease than ever before. Over the last 20 years, the global burden of asthma has increased by almost 30%, as more than 235 million people—most... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2017
Carbon Monoxide, Repurposed
In the 16th century, Paracelsus—the father of modern toxicology—wrote that “all things are poison and nothing is without poison; the dose alone makes a thing not poison.” While it’s conceivable that too much of a good thing, such as water... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story September/October 2017
Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods
Above, Figure 1: 2. Seth Pedersen, a graduate student from Rice University, wades into a flooded street to collect water samples after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, TX. Photo Credit: Ya He. In early September 2017, when the rains from Hurricane Harvey finally... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2018
Toward Better Treatment for Women’s Reproductive Health
Although women and men share many similar health challenges throughout their lifetimes, women are not necessarily healthier. Some conditions that only women experience—such as pregnancy, ovarian cancer, or the abnormal growth of the uterus called endometriosis—can become great health risks. HIV,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2020
How Precision Medicine Might Better Serve Downwinders
Despite the advances in developing nuclear weapons and other technologies, not much is known about the long-term effects of radiation on human health. In a world where nuclear energy could help curb carbon emissions, it almost seems paradoxical that its possible long-term risks and impacts to human health are still poorly understood... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2020
The Unknown Human Health Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Testing
For nearly half a century, the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a fierce battle although no shots were actually fired. Starting in the 1940s, both started developing their arsenal of nuclear weapons, in preparation for an all-out nuclear war. The U.S. government primarily used a patch of land in Nye, NV, that was formerly a military base, to conduct their tests... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2020
Rural Health Care for Coronavirus Requires Collaboration, Creativity
Before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started sweeping across the United States, it began on the coasts. The first known case was reported in a county just outside of Seattle, WA, with other cases quickly cropping up in California and in the greater New York City region... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2021
Understanding the Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 in Survivors
In mid-March 2020, as the novel coronavirus started making its way through the United States, Fiona Lowenstein (they/their) became ill. At that point, there was not yet any public health guidance on social distancing and wearing masks, and certainly no routine or readily accessible testing for COVID-19. Lowenstein was still interacting with others in person, and even led a yoga class. But when they became sick and were hospitalized, they were tested for SARS-CoV2 and received a positive diagnosis... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2021
Can Coverscan Help COVID-19 Survivors?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors and hospitals were overburdened from patients suffering from the immediate, acute effects of the virus. But as time went on, it turned out that even the patients who survived—or had mild symptoms and didn’t require hospitalization—weren’t fully recovered... Read more