Disease Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

A new US$100 million XPrize aims to shift the odds in cancer survival.

Discovering Cancer Earlier

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Discovering Cancer Earlier 618 372 IEEE Pulse

According to the National Cancer Institute, 4 million people die of cancer worldwide every year—almost 500 every hour. But the most shocking thing about that statistic is this: more than…

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The Eye as a Window to Health

The Eye as a Window to Health

Author(s): David L. Chandler
The Eye as a Window to Health 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The idea is a compelling one: a device that looks and feels like an ordinary contact lens but that can continuously monitor a variety of health indicators. For a diabetic,…

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The Space Between

The Space Between

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
The Space Between 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Around 2008, endoscopists David Carr-Locke and Petros Benias began to notice an unfamiliar pattern in the bile duct during endomicroscopy, which didn’t look like anything they knew from pathology. Their…

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Controlling Seizures with Technology

Controlling Seizures with Technology

Author(s): Mary Bates
Controlling Seizures with Technology 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Mike McKenna was tired of epilepsy controlling his life. For years, he tried different medications and therapies to no avail; his seizures, which occurred every three to six days, dictated…

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Toward Better Treatment for Women’s Reproductive Health

Toward Better Treatment for Women’s Reproductive Health

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Toward Better Treatment for Women’s Reproductive Health 618 372 IEEE Pulse

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…

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Engineering Opportunities in Cancer Immunotherapy

Engineering Opportunities in Cancer Immunotherapy

Author(s): David A. Zaharoff
Engineering Opportunities in Cancer Immunotherapy 617 374 IEEE Pulse

More than a century ago, the American surgeon William Coley noticed a correlation between cancer remissions and postoperative infections: some patients who had battled an infection also experienced a regression…

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Introducing OBPM – The Optical Revolution for Blood Pressure Monitoring

Measuring Pressure

Author(s): Josep Sola, Mattia Bertschi, Jens Krauss
Measuring Pressure 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Above: A possible visualization of the aktiia bracelet that will deploy oBPM technology for the prevention, diagnosis, and management of hypertension. The final form factor of the bracelet and its…

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New resources are allowing us to learn, experiment, and create imaginative solutions for biomedical applications.

Physiological Sensing Now Open to the World

Author(s): Hugo Plácido da Silva
Physiological Sensing Now Open to the World 618 372 IEEE Pulse

With the advent of low-cost computing platforms, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, it has become clear that lowering the cost barrier and shortening the learning curve, with the backing of…

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A Time of Forgetting

A Time of Forgetting

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
A Time of Forgetting 618 372 IEEE Pulse

One day in the mid-1980s, at New York City’s Rockefeller Hospital, two scientists met at opposite poles of their careers. Roberta Diaz Brinton (lower right) was a newly minted Ph.D.…

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