January/February 2019

Cover Story January/February 2019
Identifying Neurotechnology Challenges at NeuroCAS
The second NeuroCAS event held 20–21 October 2018 in Cleveland, OH, USA, was attended by researchers and entrepreneurs across the fields of biosignals and neurotechnology. On the heels of the IEEE BioCAS Conference, the intent of this collaborative workshop was... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2019
Biothermodynamics: Principles and Applications
By Mustafa Ozilgen and Esra Sorgüven, Taylor & Francis, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-4665-8609-3, xi+ 399 pages + CD, $128 This reviewer has taught undergraduate thermodynamics to mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering students. Some of the courses were standard steam-table based, some were based... Read more
Senior Design January/February 2019
Preparing Students for Medical Device Innovation: Notes from BME-IDEA 2018
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, I attended the BME-IDEA (Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Alliance) meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA. It was the 12th convening of this meeting which was first held in 2003 and precedes the annual BME... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2019
Design Control for the Medical Device Industry, 2nd ed.
By Marie B. Teixeira, CRC Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1-138-07371-5, xi+ 193 pages, $210 I have spent more than 30 years in the medical device industry. During this time, I have written ten texts on medical device design, medical device standards and... Read more
State of the Art January/February 2019
Just when it looked like there could be a breakthrough in the application of biotechnology to crops and food plants, a new wrinkle appeared in the form of a scientific development. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been planted for years... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability: Part 3
This is the third 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 Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. The first article provided the... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
The Opportunity and Obstacles for Smartwatches and Wearable Sensors
In September 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a striking announcement. Transforming its current regulatory practice for approving and certifying medical devices—the FDA announced a bold new plan, the Digital Health Software Precertification (Precert) Program, to offer... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Information Overload in Research
Scientists striving for impact in their fields and to develop their own careers must publish papers that represent new and important science, typically in a peer-reviewed journal. The number of scientific articles published has doubled every nine years since WWII, and... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Engineering Bias in AI
After working at Apple designing circuits and signal processing algorithms for products including the first iPad, Timnit Gebru (above) received her Ph.D. from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the area of computer vision. She recently completed a postdoc with... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases
Just 2 miles northeast of sleek downtown skyscrapers, across the Buffalo Bayou River from the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park, lies a landscape greener than most of the urban sprawl, but absent the charm of typical Southern suburbia. The Fifth... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising
Above: After a grueling battle with a nasty bacterial infection that nearly killed Thomas Patterson (seated), bacteriophage therapy came to the rescue and saved his life. Patterson holds an image of his nemesis, a multidrug-resistant strain of A. baumannii, while his... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Natural Disasters and Public Health
2018 brought multiple, unprecedented natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and in the United States, the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. After the immediate emergency is over and the media attention wanes, communities must deal with the long process of recovering... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
Clinician App Tackles Stress of Patient Task Management
Coordination of patient care is a complex process that requires the collaboration of a diverse team as well as management of critical, often disparate, tasks. Managing these processes puts clinicians and their teams under a lot of stress, often leading... Read more
Feature January/February 2019
New Quantitative Approach to Autism Diagnosis
Only a few years ago, leading autism expert David Amaral described the disorder as a lifelong disability. Today, he acknowledges that description is no longer true. “Research lately shows that a substantial proportion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—something... Read more