You on a Chiphttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/grifantini-you-on-chip.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
Imagine a transparent chip the size of a flash drive. In it, your own cells—derived from a skin sample—are grown in delicate channels to mimic your heart, lung, or even brain tissue, creating a testing ground for personalized medical treatments.
A Move Toward Sustainability in Health Carehttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/reynolds-sustainability-health-care.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
From eliminating some anesthetic gases to creating their own microgrids, more hospitals are looking for ways to cut carbon emissions.
The Search for Pain Biomarkershttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/allen-pain-biomarkers.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
For many medical conditions, clinicians can collect quantitative indicators of disease, such as heart rate, body temperature, or levels of a specific protein in a blood sample. For chronic pain, however, such biological markers have not yet been identified.
Is the End of Malaria in Sight?https://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/banks-end-malaria.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
Progress in creating malaria vaccines has been slow, but a new take on an old method of using live parasites promises the potential for herd immunity.
AI-Designed, Living Robots Can Self-Replicatehttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/mertz-xenobots.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
In 2020, a research group made the stunning announcement that it had built programmable organisms—living robots they called xenobots—out of biological cells, and these xenobots could work together to perform simple tasks.
New Biomed-Tech Advances Poised to Change the Futurehttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/02/mertz-biomed-tech.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
Biomedical and health technology is progressing at breakneck speed. From specialty pharmacies to general discount shops, store shelves are packed with a vast assortment of wearable medical devices that measure glucose levels, heart rate, and other health metrics; and over-the-counter test kits are helping to check for a wide array of infections. At the same time, electronic health records and other data-sharing platforms have smoothed the mass shift from in-person to virtual office visits over the past two years, and new imaging technologies are allowing earlier disease detection so treatments can begin sooner when they are more effective.
New Horizons: From Vision to Impacthttps://www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/01/akay-new-horizons.jpg768432IEEE PulseIEEE Pulse//www.embs.org/pulse/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2022/06/ieee-pulse-logo2x.png
Over the past two years, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and the associated coronavirus disease (COVID-19), have greatly impacted our lives. This pandemic has revealed how our healthcare systems were not prepared for this major challenge, especially with respect to treatment, rapid diagnosis, and tracking, as well as limited hospital equipment, staff members, and resources. COVID-19 will be one of the deadliest pandemics in modern history and continues to strain resources available not only to healthcare workers, but also the general public, while the number of infected people and cases continues to drastically increase daily, especially within the United States and Europe.
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