Biomedical and Bioengineering Innovation

The Future of Wound Care

Author(s)3: Mary Bates
The Future of Wound Care 2560 1680 IEEE Pulse
Wounds, especially chronic wounds, represent a significant clinical, social, and economic challenge. A recent retrospective analysis of Medicare beneficiaries in the United States identified that about 8.2 million people had at least one type of wound, with surgical wounds and diabetic ulcers among the most common and expensive to treat. read more

Healing Gets a Helping Hand

Author(s)3: Jim Banks
Healing Gets a Helping Hand 2322 1290 IEEE Pulse
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

DNA-like Materials Could Open New Computing Frontiers

Author(s)3: David L. Chandler
DNA-like Materials Could Open New Computing Frontiers 1000 667 IEEE Pulse
As computers have progressed over the last few decades, with their component transistors getting ever smaller and ever more numerous on a single chip, that relentless progress, famously described by Moore’s Law, has begun to bump up against fundamental physical limits to what can be done with the present etched-lines-on-silicon technology. But now, a new twist involving an inorganic molecule that has a DNA-like helical shape may provide an alternative pathway that could shrink transistors down to atom-sized scales. And even DNA molecules themselves might ultimately become the bits and bytes and logic gates of the future. read more

Chips Hold the Key to Reproductive Health

Author(s)3: Jim Banks
Chips Hold the Key to Reproductive Health 1000 666 IEEE Pulse
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

E-Textiles for Health Monitoring: Off to a Slow Start, but Coming Soon

Author(s)3: Leslie Mertz
E-Textiles for Health Monitoring: Off to a Slow Start, but Coming Soon 1000 667 IEEE Pulse
Smart technology is in cellphones, televisions, cars, and home appliances, but smart textiles haven’t inundated the market yet. While engineers have been developing new and interesting ways to marry electronics and fabrics for several years now, the average person isn’t wearing e-tights to audit vital signs during a workout, switching to electronically enhanced bed sheets to track sleep patterns, or adding smart base layers to the everyday wardrobe. If the technology is moving forward as rapidly as it appears to be, why aren’t e-textiles flooding the market? read more

Restoring the Sense of Touch: From “Sci-Fi Dream” to Reality

Author(s)3: Leslie Mertz
Restoring the Sense of Touch: From “Sci-Fi Dream” to Reality 8660 5773 IEEE Pulse
A range of remarkable prostheses are now available to give function back to people who have had hands, arms, feet, or legs amputated, but for all their capabilities, these devices are missing a critical feature: a real sense of touch. Without it, a patient has no tactile sensory feedback on whether they have stepped off a curb or onto a misplaced child’s toy, or are gripping a Styrofoam coffee cup or a toddler’s hand too tightly or too loosely. read more

Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium

Author(s)3: IEEE Pulse
Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Children’s National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announce the six winners of the $150,000 “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, each receiving…

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The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine

The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine

Author(s)3: Kristina Grifantini
The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine 620 375 IEEE Pulse

From Ant-Man to the Incredible Shrinking Machine, society has long envisioned developing devices tiny enough to enter human cells. Such nanotechnology could revolutionize the diagnosis of diseases like cancer and…

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Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?

Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?

Author(s)3: Max Valentinuzzi
Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream? 620 375 IEEE Pulse

A biological pacemaker is one or more types of cellular components that, when implanted into certain regions of the heart, produce electrical stimuli that mimic that of the body’s natural…

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