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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE

Issue 3 • Date May-June 2006

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  • The science of volunteering

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 20 - 22
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    In recent years there has been an increase in demand from developing countries for skilled professional volunteers. This shift in the delivery of development has led to a fresh look at the personal and professional benefits of volunteering overseas. VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Volunteers live and work with local communities, sharing their skills and knowledge. Opportunities are available for people with specific biology and biomedical engineering skills for medical, technical, and teaching posts around the world. VSO looks for applicants who can be flexible and can adapt their skills to the needs of their placement. This is important because many jobs involve an element of training or community work, which wouldn't normally be part of their regular jobs at home. The view of employers towards career breaks has changed, especially in recent years with more and more people recognizing that sabbaticals can be a part of career development. Research also shows that career breaks are good for developing skills. Taking a different direction in your life does not have to mean taking time out from your career. Working with VSO may not be a holiday, but it is an experience which will challenge and reward all those involved with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. View full abstract»

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  • Did Wheatstone build a bridge? (Wheatstone's bridge circuit)

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 88 - 90
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    This paper discusses the connection of Charles Wheatstone with the bridge circuit. It investigates whether Wheatstone invented the bridge or not. Upon the development of the electric telegraph by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1832, the need to measure resistance accurately arose. Because telegraph lines were many miles in length, it was necessary to know the resistance of a specimen of the line wire very accurately so that the total line resistance could be predicted with accuracy. Knowing the resistance of different wire diameters and different metals were essential for the success of the electric telegraph. Wheatstone's contribution to the success of the electric telegraph was the accurate measurement of the resistance of wires. He first invented a variable resistance (rheostat) that consisted of two identical parallel-grooved cylinders that could be made to rotate synchronously in opposite directions. Wheatstone described his measuring circuit in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1843. He called it the differential resistance measurer. Wheatstone's differential resistance measurer is a voltage comparator. View full abstract»

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  • Gold - EMBs goes for the gold!

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 92
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  • COMAR reports - Report of comar activities 2005~2006

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 75
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  • IEEE Information Driving Innovation

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 97
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  • Society news - New chapters, new members

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 6
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  • Engineers without borders and their role in humanitarian relief

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 32 - 35
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    Since the foundation of the first national Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organization, or Ingenieurs San Frontieres (ISF-France), EWB-affiliated national organizations have been formed in many countries around the world. All EWB-affiliated organizations share the same vision: a world where all people have access to basic resources and knowledge to meet their self-identified engineering and economic development needs. EWB members want to contribute to new and ongoing development projects around the world in an effective way and at the same time promote new dimensions of experience for engineering students and practicing engineers. The mission of all EWB-affiliated organizations is to support disadvantaged communities in improving their living standard, welfare, livelihood, and quality of life through the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students and professionals. EWB members believe in change that can contribute positively to the communities in which they work, in common action to provide new solutions, and in working to interrupt the cycle of poverty that contributes to terrorism and the rejection of democracy. A deeper cooperation between the national EWBs within the framework of EWB-International will also be valuable for students wanting to participate in projects in the third world. This international cooperation could consist of an exchange of experience, allowing project team members from other countries and support to students from other countries wanting to utilize infrastructure and local contacts at a specific site developed by a national EWB organization. View full abstract»

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  • Creative 3-D Display and Interaction Interfaces - [Book review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 9 - 10
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  • Melatonin administration does not affect isoproterenol-induced LVH

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 84 - 87
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    Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), a common sequella of hypertension, is associated with increased incidence of sudden cardiac death. The study reported herein measured the effect of melatonin on the heart in the setting of direct cardiac myocyte stimulation with isoproterenol, thus minimizing the role of autonomic output from the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and clarifying the effect of melatonin on LVH, an outcome of chromic hypertensions. Results show that daily injections of high dosages of melatonin do not affect heart weight:body weight or heart weight:tibia length ratios in the setting of isoproterenol-induced hypertrophy, suggesting that the cardiovascular effects of melatonin observed by others are not due primarily to a direct effect of melatonin on cardiac myocytes but to another mechanism, possibly melatonin modulation of SCN output. Melatonin has no effect on isoproterenol-induced LVH, suggesting that its cardiovascular effects are not due to a direct effect on cardiac myocytes. Melatonin has been found to have a significant effect on hypertension; however, in this study, one effect of extended hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, which can ultimately lead to cardiac failure, was not affected, even by very large doses of melatonin in a chemically induced hypertrophy mouse model. It has been suggested that the effect of melatonin on hypertension is comparable to common antihypertensive agents. View full abstract»

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  • Advertisers' Index

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 94
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  • Biomedical Imaging Principles and Applications in Engineering Series - [Book review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 9
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  • Prescription for success - One program corrects the problems of hospitals in the developing world

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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  • The humanitarian efforts of biomedical engineers - An overview from the guest editor

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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  • Student's corner - Embs students surf more than the web

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 7 - 8
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  • Virtual Reconstruction: A Primer on Computer-Assisted Paleontology and Biomedicine - [Book review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 11
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  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 0_1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • From the Editor - The bright future of BME

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • Misadventures in Health Care-Inside Stories - [Book review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 10
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  • Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation - [Book review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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  • BME company profiles - Clevemed, orbital resesarch, and their spin-offs

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 12 - 15
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  • 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering Revolution in BioMedicine

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 17
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  • Science, engineering, and humanity

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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    This paper discusses the important role scientists and engineers play in societal prosperity. Today, as the gaps between societies, cultures, religions, and races widen and deepen at a frightful rate - enhanced by shortsighted and fundamentalist politicians - it is their obligation to actively foster intercultural contacts. Occasions for intercultural encounters are abundant in academia. In the academic realm, unconditional honesty forms the very first basic law that should not be violated under any conditions without grave consequences. The world sometimes might appear to be in a hopeless disarray that increases day by day. Nevertheless, scientists and engineers are asked to follow the advice of the great science philosopher Karl Popper that optimism is their duty and they are responsible for what will come. View full abstract»

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  • International Aid's medical equipment training program

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 23 - 24
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    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in some developing countries, up to 50% of the medical equipment is unusable at any given time. In some hospitals, up to 80% of their medical equipment is inoperative and is stored in hallways or patient rooms. This situation results in the neglect of patients and an increased risk of harm to them and to health workers. In addition, time and resources are wasted on the purchase of sophisticated and duplicate biomedical technology equipment, which is underutilized or never used due to the lack of operator training and a qualified maintenance staff. The inexperience of operators and the lack of repair and maintenance capabilities drastically reduce the functioning life of equipment, limiting access to life-saving care for the most vulnerable segments of society. International Aid (IA), a health-focused relief and development organization, has been addressing this problem by training biomedical technicians in developing countries since 1998. Through their medical equipment training (MET) program, 337 trainees in 15 countries have received at least four weeks of training in electronics, general education, and medical equipment troubleshooting. International Aid's MET program has made great contributions to the hospitals in the developing world thanks to the volunteer efforts of biomedical engineers. View full abstract»

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  • Senior design for persons with disabilities

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 25 - 29
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    This article provides an overview of senior design in the United States and its impact around the world. Within the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities program has provided funding since 1988 to thousands of senior design projects that have been completed by students for persons with disabilities. This program combines the academic requirement of a design experience with enhanced educational opportunities for students, and it improves the quality of life for disabled individuals. Also described are two national design competitions hosted by the Rehabilitation Research's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Medical Instrumentation (AMI) and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). In addition, there are a number of biomedical engineering (BMH) programs in the United States that provide an opportunity for students to design and construct projects for individuals in developing countries. View full abstract»

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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine contains articles on current technologies and methods used in biomedical and clinical engineering.

 

This Magazine ceased publication in 2010. The current retitled publication is IEEE Pulse.

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