January/February 2016

The Hygiene Hypothesis

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Hygiene Hypothesis 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Some call it the five-second rule, some extend that to five minutes, and some don’t care. This is the amount of time people are comfortable with picking up and eating…

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Transforming Health Care

Author(s): Benny P.L. Lo, Henry Ip, Guang-Zhong Yang
Transforming Health Care 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Despite the myriad assistive technologies that have been developed over the years, high installation costs and limited functionalities have prevented their widespread adoption. To overcome these barriers, the concept of…

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John Rogers and the Ultrathin Limits of Technology

Author(s): David L. Chandler
John Rogers and the Ultrathin Limits of Technology 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, announced in August 2015 that it had hired away “soft electronics” pioneer John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the exuberant reports…

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Convergence Revolution Comes to Wearables

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Convergence Revolution Comes to Wearables 620 374 IEEE Pulse

In the field of wearable biomedical sensors, the convergence revolution is more than a fanciful, utopian view of the way innovation should be done. Medical-grade wearable sensors rely on it.…

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The End of Seizures and Depression?

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The End of Seizures and Depression? 620 374 IEEE Pulse

The objective tools of engineering should be brought to the challenge of understanding emotions in people, and this could change the way we approach many health conditions, including epilepsy and…

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From Micro to Nano

From Micro to Nano

Author(s): Subhadeep Sarkar, Sudip Misra
From Micro to Nano 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Over the past decade, embedded systems and microelectromechanical systems have evolved in a radical way, redefining our standard of living and enhancing the quality of life. Health care, among various…

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Psychophysiological Monitoring

Author(s): Andrea K. Webb, Philip D. Parks
Psychophysiological Monitoring 620 374 IEEE Pulse

The current gold standard for diagnosis of mental health disorders is a clinical interview in which the patient and clinician discuss the patient’s symptoms and history. This process is subjective…

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The Body Metric

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
The Body Metric 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Beads of sweat trickle down your forehead. As your heart races, the screen becomes more static. Though it’s just a video game, you feel imprisoned in a nightmare. What makes…

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The Telltale Heartbeat

Author(s): Kristina Grifantini
The Telltale Heartbeat 620 375 IEEE Pulse

The pulse rate has long been considered a basic and essential window on a person’s general physical condition. A racing heart could mean a person is at risk for a…

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