September/October 2014

Wireless Sleep Measurement

Author(s): Conor Heneghan
Wireless Sleep Measurement 618 372 IEEE Pulse

“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love, and death.” —E.M. Forster Despite the fact that we spend nearly one third of our lives asleep, surprisingly…

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Sleep Disorders: Fertile Ground for Novel Engineering Approaches

Author(s): Thomas Penzel, Michael Khoo
Sleep Disorders: Fertile Ground for Novel Engineering Approaches 150 150 IEEE Pulse

We spend roughly one-third of our lives asleep. Although the primary function of sleep remains a topic of debate among researchers, there is agreement that sleep is important for the rejuvenation of…

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Out of Touch

Author(s): Gari Clifford, Elnaz Gederi
Out of Touch 618 372 IEEE Pulse

The impact of poor and disrupted sleep on an individual is significant, affecting the quality of life physiologically, psychologically, and financially. It is estimated that a large population of people…

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Looking Beyond First-World Problems

Author(s): Lindsay Tucker
Looking Beyond First-World Problems 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Each year, the developed world is flooded with complex new medical technologies, from robotic prosthetics to remote-controlled aspirin implants. Meanwhile, only about 10% of health research funds are spent addressing…

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Pediatric Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Author(s): Sally Davidson Ward, Raouf Amin, Raanan Arens, Zhongping Chen, Stephanie Davis, Ephraim Gutmark, Richard Superfine, Brian Wong, Carlton Zdanski, Michael Khoo
Pediatric Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders 618 372 IEEE Pulse

We understand now that sleep of sufficient length and quality is required for good health. This is particularly true for infants and children, who have the added physiologic task of…

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Should Bioengineering Graduates Seek Employment in the Defense Industry?

Author(s): Art Johnson
Should Bioengineering Graduates Seek Employment in the Defense Industry? 150 150 IEEE Pulse

They say that the difference between a mechanical engineer and a civil engineer is that the mechanical engineer develops weapons whereas a civil engineer designs targets. The implication is that…

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Entrepreneurship in Capstone Design: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Author(s): Jay Goldberg
Entrepreneurship in Capstone Design: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far? 150 150 IEEE Pulse

During the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society meeting in Seattle, Washington, I spoke with a department chair about his program’s capstone design course. He mentioned that he told his capstone design…

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Strange Musical Rhythms

Author(s): Max Valentinuzzi, Federico Hortt
Strange Musical Rhythms 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Music, along with its attached rhythm, has been with man for centuries, developing and evolving along with him. Its influence on human behavior and mood can reach levels whose limits…

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IEEE Ceremony Honors Excellence in Engineering

Author(s): IEEE Pulse
IEEE Ceremony Honors Excellence in Engineering 150 150 IEEE Pulse

CAPTION: Pictured above, from left to right, Robert de Marca, IEEE President, Leroy Hood, recipient of the 2014 IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology, Donna Hudson, past EMBS president…

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