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January/February 2017

Feature January/February 2017
Tracking Disease
On 19 October 2010, ten months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) was notified of a sudden surge in patients suffering from watery diarrhea and dehydration. Two days later, the Haiti... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Committing to Memory
Cell phone chimes, sticky notes, even the proverbial string around a finger—these timehonored external cues help guard against our inevitable memory lapses. But some internal help to the brain itself may be on the way in the form of what’s... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Wearable Devices for Sports
Elite-level athletes and professional sports teams are continually searching for opportunities to improve athletic performance and gain a competitive advantage on the field. Advances in technology have provided new avenues to maximize player health and safety. Over the last decade,... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Turning the Unknown into Known
Taken as a whole, rare diseases are not very rare. Even though a rare disease by definition is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans or fewer than one in 2,000 Europeans at any time, when rare diseases are considered... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Tech Fights Toughest Tumors
Ask any surgical oncologist, and you’ll hear the same thing: tumors are insidious. Removing them completely can be very difficult. Sometimes tumors are in hard-to-reach areas, and, in many cases, tumor tissue looks so much like normal tissue that surgeons... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Cancer Liquid Biopsy
The management of cancer relies on a combination of imaging and tissue biopsy for diagnosis, monitoring, and molecular classification-based patient stratification to ensure appropriate treatment. Conventional tissue biopsy harvests tumor samples with invasive procedures, which are often difficult for patients... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2017
The Wonderful World of Biodesign
Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, 2nd Ed. By Paul G. Yock, Stefanos Zenios, Josh Makower, Todd J. Brinton, Uday N. Kumar, F.T. Jay Watkins, Lyn Denend, Thomas M. Krummel, and Christine Q. Kurihara, Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-107-... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Bioengineering and Cybernetics
Like the caduceus, a medical symbol of entwined serpents, bioengineering and cybernetics have interwoven together ideas and concepts for over 50 years. Half a century is a long time, and whether we are talking about an academic discipline, our lives,... Read more
Retrospectroscope January/February 2017
Patents and Scientific Papers: Quite Different Concepts
Cuando pones la proa visionaria hacia una estrella y tiendes el ala hacia tal excelsitud inasible, afanoso de perfección y rebelde a la mediocridad, llevas en ti el resorte misterioso de un Ideal. [When you place the visionary prow heading... Read more
State of the Art January/February 2017
My Best Example
What is the best illustration you use in class? While conversing with a faculty member at another educational institution, I asked him this question (answers to which sometimes trigger ideas for examples I can use in my classes or, at... Read more
Cover Story January/February 2017
The War on Cancer
Located on the north shore of Long Island in New York, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Figure 1) started out with a marine biology emphasis at the end of the 19th century, but it soon established itself as a prominent cancer... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Cancer Survivors
Since President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Cancer” in 1971, the number of cancer survivors in the United States has quadrupled [1] and is still rising. Thanks to advances in cancer detection and treatment, the almost 15 million cancer... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
A Glowing Future
“Did you get it all?” That’s one of the first questions many cancer patients ask when they awake following surgery to remove a tumor. Surgeons today can only say they did their best and resected as much as they could... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Electronic Health Records in Veterinary Medicine
Imagine if you didn’t have to fill out paper forms each time you visited a new doctor or if you could access your personal medical records from your home computer. In a world where we can pay bills on our... Read more
Feature January/February 2017
Electronic Health Records: How Data Delivers Better Patient Outcomes
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provides health care free at the point of delivery and although it faces a constant battle for funding and skills it is nevertheless a body of which its clinicians and its patients are proud.... Read more