Disease Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

Researchers are discovering a link between depression and gut bacteria.

Gut Feeling

Author(s): Mary Bates
Gut Feeling 618 371 IEEE Pulse

The human gut is home to an abundant and diverse community of microbes—each of us carries roughly 100 trillion, representing more than 1,000 different species. The composition of one’s gut…

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From moringa seeds to fruit peels, researchers are seeking out new ways to clean up the world’s drinking water.

Testing the Waters

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Testing the Waters 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Water on Earth—in our oceans, rivers, lakes, and wetlands—might seem plentiful, but water that is clean and safe enough to drink actually isn’t so abundant. Nearly one in ten people…

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Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods

Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Above, Figure 1: 2. Seth Pedersen, a graduate student from Rice University, wades into a flooded street to collect water samples after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, TX. Photo Credit: Ya He.…

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Sharing Data to Solve the Riddle of Autism

Sharing Data to Solve the Riddle of Autism

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Sharing Data to Solve the Riddle of Autism 620 372 IEEE Pulse

Worldwide, at least one in 100 people has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number at one in 68…

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Taking on the Obesity Epidemic

Taking on the Obesity Epidemic

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Taking on the Obesity Epidemic 618 371 IEEE Pulse

If obesity were tied only to too much food or too little physical activity, the cure would be a simple matter of counting calories or keeping track of steps with…

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Sniffing for Cancer

Sniffing for Cancer

Author(s): Shannon Fischer
Sniffing for Cancer 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Nearly two decades ago, Hossam Haick was working on a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology when terrible news hit: his friend and officemate…

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Discovering Ways to Mend Growing Bodies

Discovering Ways to Mend Growing Bodies

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Discovering Ways to Mend Growing Bodies 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was…

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Animal Models

Animal Models

Author(s): Summer Allen
Animal Models 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Dogs have bad breath. But when Montana sheep rancher Katy Harjes noticed her collie, Hoshi, had particularly bad breath and facial swelling, she was concerned that the symptoms might be…

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New Directions for Treating Bleeding Disorders

New Directions for Treating Bleeding Disorders

Author(s): Mary Bates
New Directions for Treating Bleeding Disorders 618 371 IEEE Pulse

Most people don’t worry about small cuts or wounds, because their bodies form clots to stop the bleeding. This process, called coagulation or hemostasis, requires certain blood cells, platelets, and…

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