July/August 2016

China's 13th Five-year Plan Offers Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

China's 13th Five-Year Plan Offers Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

Author(s): Jianqi Sun, Xuan Wang, Shanbao Tong
China's 13th Five-Year Plan Offers Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering 620 374 IEEE Pulse

This year the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, approved a new five-year plan—a blueprint outlining key social and economic developmental initiatives, which it has been doing every five years…

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Novel Neuromodulation Techniques

Novel Neuromodulation Techniques

Author(s): Junfeng Sun, Shanbao Tong
Novel Neuromodulation Techniques 620 374 IEEE Pulse

Neuromodulation techniques using magnetic fields and electrical stimulus date back to before the 19th century. Presently, neuromodulation is achieved with various modes of physical stimulation including magnetic, electrical, acoustic, optical,…

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Feeling No Pain

Author(s): Mary Bates
Feeling No Pain 620 374 IEEE Pulse

As a growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States can attest, pain, and how to treat it effectively and without serious side effects, is one of the foremost…

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Thumbs Up for Stem Cells

Thumbs Up for Stem Cells

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Thumbs Up for Stem Cells 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Researcher Jeanne Loring thinks she has a good method for reversing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and she believes this method—a stem-cell therapy—will find its way to clinics in as…

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Sleep Quality Assessment

Author(s): Thomas Penzel
Sleep Quality Assessment 150 150 IEEE Pulse

For a long time, sleep researchers have asked why we sleep and what physiological and mental needs require sleep [1]. Today, we understand that sleep is important for productivity, health,…

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Danielle Bassett

Danielle Bassett

Author(s): Sarah Campbell
Danielle Bassett 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Here’s the drill. Upon waking, count down from 100 to one as quickly as possible. Next, recite the alphabet, giving each letter a corresponding word partner (A, antler; B, bargain;…

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Stem-Cell Work Yielding New Approach to Disease

Stem-Cell Work Yielding New Approach to Disease

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Stem-Cell Work Yielding New Approach to Disease 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Above: Figure 1: iPSCs reprogrammed from a woman’s skin. (LEFT) The nuclei are shown in blue; green and red indicate proteins found in reprogrammed cells, but not in skin cells. (RIGHT)…

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The Virtual Physiological Human

The Virtual Physiological Human

Author(s): Peter Hunter
The Virtual Physiological Human 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The Physiome Project was initiated by the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) in 1997 to bring multiscale engineering modeling approaches to the physiological interpretation of the wealth of molecular…

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Healing the Burn

Healing the Burn

Author(s): Summer Allen
Healing the Burn 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When brothers Jamie and Glen Selby, aged 5 and 7, arrived at the Shriners Burns Institute in Denver, Colorado, in July 1983, more than 97% of their skin had been…

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