New Efforts in Biomedical Imaginghttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/09/mpuls-mertz-3191445.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
Novel imaging devices and algorithms—including low-field MRI, smaller cameras, and better cancer grading—help to deliver more useful information.
Author(s): Yuan-Ting Zhang, Luis Kun, Cynthia Weber
A Life Well Lived: In Memory of Máximo E. Valentinuzzihttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/01/Zhang-iStock-497030414.jpg21211414IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
This article is dedicated to the memory of Max E. Valentinuzzi, an IEEE EMBS Life Fellow and Argentinian biomedical engineer of unparalleled achievements and special contributions to this magazine. Dr. Valentinuzzi passed away on 3 January 2021.
Biomedical Innovation for Everyone, Bias-Freehttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/01/Mertz-bias-iStock-1195118755.jpg21211414IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
When undergraduate student Arnelle Etienne (Figure 1) joined a research group at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, to help with the development of electroencephalograph (EEG) electrodes, her first task was to do some background work and learn about them. What she found was both surprising and dismaying: EEG electrodes had never worked—and still did not work on—a large segment of the population; and clinicians and researchers knew about the oversight.
Novel Health Risk Alert System for Occupational Safety in Hot Environmentshttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/08/Hirata-iStock-1029794650_small.jpg1000667IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
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.
Bioprinting Marches Forward With New Technologyhttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/08/Mertz-iStock-821145992_small.jpg1000563IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
With the advent of additive manufacturing and a flurry of new-generation, three-dimensional (3D) printers that hit the market in the early 2000s, biomedical innovators began envisioning the technology as a way to replace damaged or diseased tissue and organs with on-demand, printed parts –. The path from vision to reality was not quite as quick or easy as many anticipated, but research groups today are making headway to keep the technology moving toward its goal.
Targeting the Gut to Treat the Brainhttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/08/Bates-Cover-iStock-1279892613_small.jpg1000563IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
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.
Finding New Ways To Treat Tremorshttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/06/Chandler-photo-4.jpg524349IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
An estimated ten million people in the United States have a condition known as essential tremor (ET). Yet although it’s been recognized for over a century—it was originally known as senile tremor—there is relatively little awareness of it as a distinct medical condition. Sometimes mistaken for Parkinson’s disease, ET can lead to shaking of the arms and hands, and sometimes the head or torso. When severe, it can interfere with eating or drinking, writing, dressing, and even make some tasks impossible. Now, new approaches for treating the condition are emerging, potentially offering options to many patients whose life activities have been curtailed by ET.
The PACE of Changehttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/06/Banks-iStock-1206633490.jpg21211414IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
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.
New Advances in Transplants and Bioengineering Aid in Replacing the Wombhttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/04/Berglund-iStock-940414986-scaled-1.jpg25601707IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
When Kayla Edwards turned 13, she began to wonder if she was different. It started as a seed of suspicion when her friends began their menstrual cycles, and hers never arrived. Her grandmother was late, she learned, but for Edwards, it still seemed odd. She had hit puberty’s other benchmarks—the hormones, the breasts—just no cycle.