November/December 2016

News and Notes November/December 2016
Brain and Circuits Take the Focus at BioCAS2016
The 12th IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS) took place in Shanghai, China, in October 2016. Serving as a premier international forum for researchers and engineers to present their state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research and development activities at the frontiers of... Read more
Retrospectroscope November/December 2016
Nikola Tesla
La vita percorre sempre; mentre noi spesso ci diventiamo cose quasi perduti nel mezzo del camin. [Life keeps going on; in the meantime, we often become things almost lost in the middle of the road]. —Max E. Valentinuzzi Jeden Tag denke ich unzählige... Read more
Book Reviews November/December 2016
A Survey of Medical Device Technology
Biomedical Device Technology: Principles and Design, 2nd Ed. By Anthony Y.K. Chan, CC Thomas Publisher, 2016. ISBN 978-0-398- 09083-8, viii + 748 pages, US$85.95. According to the preface, this text is “written for engineers and technologists who are interested in understanding the... Read more
Senior Design November/December 2016
One Size Does Not Fit All
In June 2016, I attended the 2016 Capstone Design Conference in Columbus, Ohio. It was the fifth in a series of conferences starting in 2007 that focus on all aspects of capstone design courses. More than 200 attendees representing 76... Read more
State of the Art November/December 2016
Interviewing Well
So, why do you want to work for our organization? The answer to that question could cement your position in that company, or, maybe not, and so, like all the other answers you give during an interview, they need prior... Read more
Society News November/December 2016
Hearing Focused E-Sewing/Wearable Technology Hackathon
On Saturday 17th September, the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Women in Engineering (WIE) and RMIT University WIE held a e-sewing/wearable technology hackathon with a focus on assisting individuals with hearing impairment and preventing hearing loss. The event began... Read more
News and Notes November/December 2016
Tackling Healthcare Challenges in the United Arab Emirates
Above: Panelists and moderators at the IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenge Conference held in Abu Dhabi in early 2016. The United Arab Emirates is dealing with many of the same healthcare challenges faced in other regions of the world, including problems with... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Women’s Health Is Personal
One fall day in Boston, Ridhi Tariyal sat on an examination table in her primary care doctor’s office. Her doctor sat across from her, hurriedly transcribing notes as Tariyal responded to the doctor’s questions. It was the end of Tariyal’s... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
'Target Malaria' Has a Killer in Its Sights
The mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world (Figure 1). It is the main carrier of parasites that cause malaria, which is a bigger killer than any other disease in history; in fact, some blame malaria for the deaths... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Improving Rural Health
The United States is hailed as providing the most advanced health care the world has to offer. With cutting-edge medical devices, groundbreaking procedures, and innovative technologies, our hospitals and medical centers define what the global community sees as modern biomedicine.... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Tying Tech to Care
People can do an incredible range of things remotely today. From a chair at the office or under an umbrella at the beach, they can adjust lights and appliance settings at home, monitor visitors on their doorstep, and check in... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Toward a Comprehensive Cure
How would you provide effective and affordable health care in a country of more than 1.25 billion where there are only 0.7 physicians for every 1,000 people [1]? The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) and the Karnataka Internet-Assisted Diagnosis... Read more
Cover Story November/December 2016
Emotional Matters
In 1872, Charles Darwin published The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, in which he argued that mammals show emotion reliably in their faces. Since then, thousands of studies have confirmed the robustness of Darwin’s argument in many... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Image-Guided Interventions
While the term “image-guided surgery” has gained popularity fairly recently, the use of imaging for medical interventions dates as far back as the beginning of the 20th century. Dr. George H. Gray of Lynn, Massachusetts, reported in his 1908 article... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
New Frontiers in Robotic Surgery
Over the past 30 years, robots have become standard fixtures in operating rooms. During brain surgery, a NeuroMate robot may guide a neurosurgeon to a target within the pulsing cortex. In orthopedics, a Mako robot sculpts and drills bone during... Read more
Challenges and Opportunities, November/December 2016
Measuring Human Energy Intake and Ingestive Behavior
From the Technical Committees According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the people in the world are overweight (39%) or obese (13%). Obesity is associated with increased risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. It... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2016
The Year in Review
As we look back over 2016 at IEEE Pulse, we can proudly say that our efforts to bring you up-to-date and informative articles that span the EMB spectrum have paid off. IEEE Pulse began the year with a comprehensive look... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
mHealth to the Rescue
In rural areas, it is not unusual for patients to travel 50 miles or more to reach their doctors’ offices or for doctors to refer patients to specialists whose offices are 80, 100, even 200-plus miles away. The sheer distance... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Technological Innovation Comes to Palliative Care
At first, palliative care and technology might seem like strange bedfellows. At its core, palliative care is a very human side of medicine, relying heavily on talking with and listening to people to understand their experiences and goals. Technology, on... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
The Future and Impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Healthcare
December 8, 2016, 2:45 pm – The Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA Please join us at the HIMSS Southern California Chapter 9th Annual CIO Forum for a Special IEEE PULSE On Stage Presentation on The Future and... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Sharing the Knowledge
Much like some other regions of the United States, the American Southwest is home to large open spaces in which the majority of people and services are concentrated in one or two regional cities, while the rest of the population... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Brexit Brings Fears for UK Science
After a bitter and hard fought campaign, the UK voted in a June referendum to decide whether it would remain part of the European Union (EU). Nearly 52% of voters chose to leave the EU, prompting the start of a... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
Protecting Your Invention in Europe
Patents have existed throughout Europe for hundreds of years in various forms. For example, the first English patent granted to an inventor appears to have been to Giacopo Acontio in 1565 for a new type of furnace; although, in those... Read more
Feature November/December 2016
How to Stop Others from Copying Your Invention
The Founding Fathers thought patents were an important part of the new country’s future—even as they were still working out basic issues such as how many branches of government were required in a democracy, and who was going to pay... Read more