November/December 2018

New multidisciplinary approaches yield thinner, stronger, better stents.

Opening Act

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Opening Act 618 372 IEEE Pulse

When an artery is blocked, stents are often the best way to open up the vessel. A mesh stent is tightly crimped over a tiny balloon and guided to the…

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Is the public ready for simple, at-home DNA tests to detect disease risk?

Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

Author(s): Mary Bates
Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Most genetic testing requires a doctor’s prescription. In April 2017, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave genetics company 23andMe the go-ahead to sell DNA tests assessing the…

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Adequate, Not Best

Author(s): Art Johnson
Adequate, Not Best 150 150 IEEE Pulse

What almost all students and many faculty members don’t realize is that engineering design/application solutions are rarely the best (or optimal). Indeed, most engineering solutions could probably be described as…

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The Holy Grail and the Female Uterus

Author(s): Max Valentinuzzi
The Holy Grail and the Female Uterus 150 150 IEEE Pulse

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves? —Mary Astell (1666–1731), considered the first English feminist writer Figure 1 compares a chalice (also…

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A College-Level Overview of Biomedical Instrumentation

Author(s): Paul King
A College-Level Overview of Biomedical Instrumentation 150 150 IEEE Pulse

By Andrew G. Webb, Cambridge University Press, 2018, ISBN 978-1-10- 711313-8, 323 pages, $US90. This text (one of the 13 books currently available in the Cambridge Texts in Biomedical Engineering…

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Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability

Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability: Part 2

Author(s): Mark L. Braunstein
Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability: Part 2 618 372 IEEE Pulse

This is the second in a series of articles on the dramatic transformation taking place in health informatics, in large part because of the new Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast…

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A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers

A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers

Author(s): Devdip Sen, John McNeill, Yitzhak Mendelson, Raymond Dunn, Kelli Hickle
A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers 618 372 IEEE Pulse

With an aging population, the incidence and prevalence of wound problems is on the rise. Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are painful, take months to heal, and,…

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A new US$100 million XPrize aims to shift the odds in cancer survival.

Discovering Cancer Earlier

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Discovering Cancer Earlier 618 372 IEEE Pulse

According to the National Cancer Institute, 4 million people die of cancer worldwide every year—almost 500 every hour. But the most shocking thing about that statistic is this: more than…

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Machine learning is helping clinicians

AI Tackles Hospital Infections

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
AI Tackles Hospital Infections 618 372 IEEE Pulse

For Ashley Zappia (pictured lower right), getting her hands dirty was part of her job. Even though she always tried to remain as clean as possible, her work as a…

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