January/February 2018

Retrospectroscope January/February 2018
The Brain Willis Circle and Ring Electric Power Systems
Blood flowing to the brain keeps it alive, while electrons flowing to inhabited civilized places keep them active, leading to greater understanding of the world. What, however, of those many human beings still confined to distant hostile regions, unaware of... Read more
Senior Design January/February 2018
Careers in Academic Research and Industrial R&D
I recently attended the 2017 meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Phoenix, Arizona, during which I spoke to many junior and senior biomedical engineering students about graduate school. When asked about their career goals, many said they were interested... Read more
State of the Art January/February 2018
Black and White and Shades of Gray
The only thing I can’t do in excess is moderation. —Baxter Black “Moderation in all things” is a popular saying that many of us have heard all our lives. Still, a good number of people seem to have forgotten the sentiment... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Toward Better Management for Asthma
Although asthma has been around since Hippocrates’ time, more people are being diagnosed with the disease than ever before. Over the last 20 years, the global burden of asthma has increased by almost 30%, as more than 235 million people—most... Read more
Cover Story January/February 2018
On the Cusp of a Healthcare Revolution
Of the key technologies listed as “ready to propel industries and transform our world” in the 2017 report Top 50 Emerging Technologies: Growth Opportunities of Strategic Imperative, most fall under the scope of biomedical engineering (BME). Issued by the major... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
A New Fight Against Colon Cancer
Although the overall incidence of colon cancer has been falling over the past few decades, a pair of recent studies revealed a startling trend. In February 2017, researchers published a report showing that colon cancer rates were rising among younger... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Technology You Can Swallow
Around 6 p.m. each evening, the streets of Boston’s suburbs come alive with the physically fit and those aspiring to be. They are runners, bikers, walkers, and scooter riders of all different body shapes and ages who would seem to... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Tiny Conveyance
In the science-fiction classic Fantastic Voyage [1], a shrink-ray zaps a submarine and the crew within it, and the resulting microscopic vehicle ventures inside a human body to destroy a blood clot and save a prominent patient’s life. While that... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Automated Insulin Delivery
For individuals with Type 1 or insulin-requiring Type 2 diabetes, new technology may offer something they desperately need, but is now nigh impossible: the ability to maintain ideal blood glucose levels all day, every day. FIGURE 1 Bryan Mazlish One problem is... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Machine Learning Takes on Health Care
FIGURE 1 Leonard D’Avolio, Ph.D. When Leonard D’Avolio (Figure 1: Photo courtesy of Cyft) was working on his Ph.D. degree in biomedical informatics, he saw the power of machine learning in transforming multiple industries; health care, however, was not among them.... Read more
Feature January/February 2018, March/April 2018
Staying in Motion After Stroke
Joel Stein After suffering a stroke—perhaps a blood clot gets lodged in the brain or a blood vessel near the brain bursts—a person may suddenly not be able to hear, talk, or see. He or she might have trouble walking or... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Tackling an Epidemic
Richard Ries The opioid epidemic is dominating news headlines and inspiring greater calls for political action in the United States. While opioid addiction isn’t a new issue, its devastating consequences are now being felt across the country. “What’s got everybody’s attention... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Brain-Related Matters
Above: ANTBI workshop attendees gather for the session in Washington D.C. Wherein lies the promise versus the hype, when discussing the latest in brain-related research and neurotechnology? Have we considered patient justice? Is actionable data actually available? These are just a few... Read more
Feature January/February 2018, March/April 2018
PULSE On Stage: Can AI Truly Transform Healthcare? Reality vs. Hype
IEEE PULSE On Stage brings together global thought leaders in the fields of biomedical engineering and medicine to inform, connect and effect change to benefit human life through inspiring talks and engaging dialog. We focus on solving the issues of today... Read more
Feature January/February 2018
Cyber-Attacks to Devices Threaten Data, Patients
Above: Kevin Fu (front right) and his research group are testing the security and privacy of various medical devices, including heart-rate sensors, pacemakers, defibrillators, drug-delivery systems, and neurostimulators. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Xu, University of Michigan College of Engineering.) Every device that... Read more