Health Care and Wellness

The Biology Behind Eating Disorders

Author(s): Pamela Reynolds
The Biology Behind Eating Disorders 1000 1000 IEEE Pulse
For many decades, the popular narrative surrounding anorexia nervosa was that it was an emotional disorder springing from profound cultural pressures combined with dysfunctional family dynamics. Teenage girls, typically, would refuse to eat in an obsessive bid to lose weight. They would imagine themselves to be fat, even if mirrors and scales demonstrated otherwise. Because of the surfeit of images of rail-thin preteen models cluttering the pages of trendy fashion magazines, it was easy to imagine this theory to be true. It made sense if some clinicians regarded anorexia as the inevitable result of a “you-can-never-be-too-rich-or-too-thin” culture. read more

One Shot Wonder: A Vaccine Against All Coronaviruses

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
One Shot Wonder: A Vaccine Against All Coronaviruses 1000 665 IEEE Pulse
As the current pandemic continues to affect populations around the globe, the search for a viable vaccine for coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) continues. However, rather than constantly scrambling to generate a vaccine after an outbreak happens, some researchers are working on what they see as a better approach: developing a broad-acting “pan-coronavirus” vaccine that provides protection from any coronavirus, present or future. read more

Tracking Sleep to Optimize Health

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
Tracking Sleep to Optimize Health 2121 1414 IEEE Pulse
With the advent of wearable biometrictechnology like smart watches, “hacking” our bodies’ functions and cycles has become a tool in the never-ending quest for better health. And sleep is no exception. For example, a staggering one-third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). read more

IoMT (Internet of Medical Things): Reducing Cost While Improving Patient Care

Author(s): Saanvi Arora
IoMT (Internet of Medical Things): Reducing Cost While Improving Patient Care 2560 1440 IEEE Pulse
Citizens’ dissatisfaction with the scope of the United States health care system has been a hot topic for many years. In a country where patient to nurse ratios remain 6:1, even universal health care coverage cannot guarantee adequate patient care. read more

Health and Safety of 5G: Addressing Misinformation

Author(s): Cynthia Weber
Health and Safety of 5G: Addressing Misinformation 1254 836 IEEE Pulse

As wireless network providers begin to roll out 5G networks, in similar fashion to the introduction of other new technologies—from the microwave oven to smart meters—public concern regarding the safety…

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Psychiatry

Author(s): Summer Allen
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Psychiatry 1364 750 IEEE Pulse
An estimated 792 million people live with mental health disorders worldwide—more than one in ten people—and this number is expected to grow in the shadow of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough mental health professionals to treat all these people. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help? While many psychiatrists have different views on this question, recent developments suggest AI may change the practice of psychiatry for both clinicians and patients. read more

The Rise of Biometrics in Sports

Author(s): Mary Bates
The Rise of Biometrics in Sports 540 608 IEEE Pulse
Athletes—and the cadre of professionals who surround them—are always looking for an edge over their opponents. Advances in technology have now made a whole new class of information readily available to athletes, coaches, trainers, and even fans. It’s called biometrics, the science of measuring and analyzing data collected from the body, such as heart rate or hormone levels. read more

Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, but Remain Historically High

Author(s): Mary Bates
Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, but Remain Historically High 1254 836 IEEE Pulse
The good news: Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that drug overdose deaths have dropped for the first time since 1990. read more
The Danger of Sleep Deprivation

The Danger of Sleep Deprivation

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
The Danger of Sleep Deprivation 620 375 IEEE Pulse

Late one spring night in 1986, around 1:30 a.m., the residents of Pripyat, a Ukrainian city of 50,000 people at the northern tip of the Dnieper River, were shaken from…

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