January/February 2018

The Brain Willis Circle and Ring Electric Power Systems

Author(s): Max Valentinuzzi
The Brain Willis Circle and Ring Electric Power Systems 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Blood flowing to the brain keeps it alive, while electrons flowing to inhabited civilized places keep them active, leading to greater understanding of the world. What, however, of those many…

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Careers in Academic Research and Industrial R&D

Author(s): Jay Goldberg
Careers in Academic Research and Industrial R&D 150 150 IEEE Pulse

I recently attended the 2017 meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Phoenix, Arizona, during which I spoke to many junior and senior biomedical engineering students about graduate school. When…

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Black and White and Shades of Gray

Author(s): Art Johnson
Black and White and Shades of Gray 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The only thing I can’t do in excess is moderation. —Baxter Black “Moderation in all things” is a popular saying that many of us have heard all our lives. Still,…

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Finding new ways to improve asthma treatment.

Toward Better Management for Asthma

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Toward Better Management for Asthma 620 371 IEEE Pulse

Although asthma has been around since Hippocrates’ time, more people are being diagnosed with the disease than ever before. Over the last 20 years, the global burden of asthma has…

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On the Cusp of a Healthcare Revolution

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
On the Cusp of a Healthcare Revolution 620 373 IEEE Pulse

Of the key technologies listed as “ready to propel industries and transform our world” in the 2017 report Top 50 Emerging Technologies: Growth Opportunities of Strategic Imperative, most fall under…

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As cancer rates rise among younger adults, researchers look for new screening and treatment options.

A New Fight Against Colon Cancer

Author(s): Mary Bates
A New Fight Against Colon Cancer 620 371 IEEE Pulse

Although the overall incidence of colon cancer has been falling over the past few decades, a pair of recent studies revealed a startling trend. In February 2017, researchers published a…

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Technology You Can Swallow

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
Technology You Can Swallow 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Around 6 p.m. each evening, the streets of Boston’s suburbs come alive with the physically fit and those aspiring to be. They are runners, bikers, walkers, and scooter riders of…

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Micro- and nanorobots prepare to advance medicine.

Tiny Conveyance

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Tiny Conveyance 618 371 IEEE Pulse

In the science-fiction classic Fantastic Voyage [1], a shrink-ray zaps a submarine and the crew within it, and the resulting microscopic vehicle ventures inside a human body to destroy a…

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Automated Insulin Delivery

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Automated Insulin Delivery 620 372 IEEE Pulse

For individuals with Type 1 or insulin-requiring Type 2 diabetes, new technology may offer something they desperately need, but is now nigh impossible: the ability to maintain ideal blood glucose…

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