March/April 2014

At the Interface of Disciplines

At the Interface of Disciplines

Author(s): Shannon Fischer
At the Interface of Disciplines 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Five years ago, Jeffrey Karp sat down to a dinner party with Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologist R. Rox Anderson. The two started talking, and by the end of the evening,…

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Miniature Medicine

Miniature Medicine

Author(s): Ravi Ghanshyam Patel, Ankur Singh
Miniature Medicine 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The 21st century has embraced miniaturization and witnessed the emergence of multidisciplinary nanotechnology in the medical field, popularly known as nanomedicine. It has long been established that chronic infections such as hepatitis…

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Small and Bright

Small and Bright

Author(s): Lei Yang, Thomas J. Webster
Small and Bright 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Transforming diamond sizes from the micron regime into a few billionths of a meter probably doesn’t increase their value in jewelry, but it certainly adds an extraordinary value in numerous physical science,…

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On the Horizon

On the Horizon

Author(s): Davide Barbieri, Joost D. de Bruijn, Clemens A. van ­Blitterswijk, Huipin Yuan
On the Horizon 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Our bodies have the amazing ability to self-trigger tissue regeneration when required to repair or renew tissues. Adult stem cells emerge from their niche and are instructed by local environmental…

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The Race to Build a Better Shoe

Author(s): D. Casey Kerrigan
The Race to Build a Better Shoe 618 372 IEEE Pulse

For years, shoes have been made around the same stock designs without an appreciation of the forces during walking and running that are related to lower extremity injury—including debilitating knee…

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A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand

A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand

Author(s): David L. Chandler
A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Suppose you were out on a small boat, 100 mi from shore, with a few friends. Suddenly, one of them begins coughing hard and complaining of aches and pains and…

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The Super Aged Society

The Super Aged Society

Author(s): Sachiko Kamiyama
The Super Aged Society 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Humankind today is facing an array of challenges—global climate change, the depletion of natural resources, water scarcity, and an aging population, just to name a few. It is more important…

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The Fallacy of Genetic Selection

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Fallacy of Genetic Selection 150 150 IEEE Pulse

“Genetic elements … contribute to survival and reproduction of the organism. Those that do not are quickly weeded out by selection.” —Rob Dorit [1] This common statement, and ones like…

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Biomedical and Health Informatics: Future Prospects for the Field and for Our Students

Author(s): Bruce Wheeler
Biomedical and Health Informatics: Future Prospects for the Field and for Our Students 150 150 IEEE Pulse

It is now common knowledge that BME is one of the fastest growing job markets percentagewise [1]. Still, this job market is relatively small at fewer than 20,000 U.S. jobs,…

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