March/April 2017

Rapid DNA analysis, proteomics, and new technology increasingly impact forensics investigations.

New Forensics Approaches Looking More "CSI"-Like

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
New Forensics Approaches Looking More "CSI"-Like 618 371 IEEE Pulse

If CSI and those other police procedural TV shows are to be believed, criminals don’t have a chance. A finger smudge on a light switch, a flake of skin, or…

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The future of medicine may (or may not) be in your smartphone.

Smartphone Apps Meet Evidence Based Medicine

Author(s): Kenneth R. Foster, David J. Callans
Smartphone Apps Meet Evidence Based Medicine 618 371 IEEE Pulse

“The future of medicine is in your smartphone,” proclaimed an eminent medical researcher in a 2015 Wall Street Journal essay. In a sense, that future has already arrived, judging from…

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The "Age" of Opportunity

The "Age" of Opportunity

Author(s): Jim Banks
The "Age" of Opportunity 618 372 IEEE Pulse

For the last ten years, Peter Wintlev-Jensen has been immersed in one of the greatest challenges the world will have to address in the decades ahead—the unprecedented aging of the…

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A Balancing Act

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
A Balancing Act 618 372 IEEE Pulse

It was the inaugural day of the study in 2005 when Brad Manor went out into the hot Louisiana sun to meet his first patient, a gentleman we’ll call James.…

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Beyond Longevity: Healthy Aging as a Universal Goal

Author(s): Ahmed Morsy
Beyond Longevity: Healthy Aging as a Universal Goal 150 150 IEEE Pulse

What is the difference between life span and health span? The first reflects longevity measured by the number of years lived, while the second represents the ability to enjoy a…

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Hearing Aid Technology for the 21st Century

Hearing Aid Technology for the 21st Century

Author(s): Richard Einhorn
Hearing Aid Technology for the 21st Century 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Approximately 360 million people in the world live with a debilitating hearing loss. The most common conditions—age-related and noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss—are both progressive and, for the foreseeable future, neither…

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The Modern Cochlear Implant

The Modern Cochlear Implant

Author(s): Blake S. Wilson
The Modern Cochlear Implant 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Rainer Klinke Even as recently as the mid-1980s, many experts in otology and auditory science thought that restoration of useful hearing with crude and pervasive electrical stimulation of the cochlea…

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Professional Licensure of Biomedical Engineers

Author(s): Jay Goldberg
Professional Licensure of Biomedical Engineers 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Part of our mission at Marquette University (and that of many other schools) is to prepare students for their personal and professional lives after graduation. The goal of our biomedical…

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The Afterlife

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Afterlife 150 150 IEEE Pulse

On 6 August 2016, Jeni Stepien married Paul Maenner in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. The man who escorted the bride down the aisle was not exactly a relative:…

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