Disease Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising

Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Above: After a grueling battle with a nasty bacterial infection that nearly killed Thomas Patterson (seated), bacteriophage therapy came to the rescue and saved his life. Patterson holds an image of…

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Natural Disasters and Public Health

Natural Disasters and Public Health

Author(s): Mary Bates
Natural Disasters and Public Health 620 375 IEEE Pulse

2018 brought multiple, unprecedented natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and in the United States, the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. After the immediate emergency is over and the media attention…

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New Quantitative Approach to Autism Diagnosis

New Quantitative Approach to Autism Diagnosis

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
New Quantitative Approach to Autism Diagnosis 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Only a few years ago, leading autism expert David Amaral described the disorder as a lifelong disability. Today, he acknowledges that description is no longer true. “Research lately shows that…

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A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers

A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers

Author(s): Devdip Sen, John McNeill, Yitzhak Mendelson, Raymond Dunn, Kelli Hickle
A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers 618 372 IEEE Pulse

With an aging population, the incidence and prevalence of wound problems is on the rise. Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are painful, take months to heal, and,…

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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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