Disease Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

COVID-19 Is Straining Mental Health—Could Technology Be the Answer?

Author(s): Summer Allen
COVID-19 Is Straining Mental Health—Could Technology Be the Answer? 2127 1409 IEEE Pulse
One of the most pernicious side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is a steep rise in stress and mental health problems. According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of American adults say that worry and stress about the pandemic is hurting their mental health. There are plenty of factors feeding into this phenomenon. read more

The Great Exhale: Using Breath Analysis to Detect Disease

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Great Exhale: Using Breath Analysis to Detect Disease 1000 750 IEEE Pulse
Your breath gives away a lot of information. Besides betraying that you’ve had garlic or onions for lunch, it also contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that provide quite telling biomarkers of disease. Building on the potential capability of VOCs to detect illness, the U.K. company Owlstone Medical is now developing a testing platform called Breath Biopsy [1] as a noninvasive diagnostic method and is collaborating with clinicians, researchers, and other biomedical companies around the world on its potential application for early detection of various cancers, respiratory illnesses, and immune diseases. read more

Chips Hold the Key to Reproductive Health

Author(s): 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

Detecting Faces, Saving Lives How facial recognition software is changing health care

Detecting Faces, Saving Lives How facial recognition software is changing health care IEEE Pulse
Your phone scans your face to unlock its screen. A social media app offers suggestions of friends to tag in photos. Airline check-in systems verify who you are as you stare into a camera. These are just a few examples of how facial recognition technology (FRT) is now ubiquitous in everyday lives. The industries of law enforcement, Internet search engines, marketing, and security have long harnessed FRT, but the technology is becoming increasingly explored in the health care setting, where its potential benefit—and risks—are much greater. read more

Updating Diagnoses for Speed and Accuracy: Using AI, Cameras, Assays, and More

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Updating Diagnoses for Speed and Accuracy: Using AI, Cameras, Assays, and More 1365 768 IEEE Pulse
When it comes to their health, people want answers right now. But clinicians cannot always make snap judgments about ailments or injuries. One way to help both general practitioners and patients is to introduce technologies that deliver quick and accurate diagnoses in a standard clinical setting. read more

Treating Postpartum Depression: Beyond the Baby Blues

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
Treating Postpartum Depression: Beyond the Baby Blues 1254 836 IEEE Pulse
Different from “baby blues,” a mild depression that affects the majority of new mothers in the first few weeks after giving birth, postpartum depression, a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), can last for months, and even up to a year. read more

The Path to and Impact of Disease Recognition with AI

Author(s): Yaron Gurovich
The Path to and Impact of Disease Recognition with AI 1243 843 IEEE Pulse
The process of rare disease identification by clinical geneticists is closely associated with the ability to correlate the phenotype of a patient with the relevant genetic syndromes. In order to perform this correlation, the phenotype has to be described in a canonical form read more

The Fight Against Cancer: Are We Winning or Losing?

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The Fight Against Cancer: Are We Winning or Losing? 2560 1856 IEEE Pulse
When it comes to cancer, there’s good news and there’s bad news. While the combination of new screening tests and therapies are making headway, some types of cancer are becoming more common, especially in certain age groups. read more
Microbial Treatments for the Mind

Microbial Treatments for the Mind

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
Microbial Treatments for the Mind 620 375 IEEE Pulse

For $99, you can obtain a kit that includes two cotton swabs and instructions for properly collecting your own stool sample, along with oral and skin samples. Upon shipping those…

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