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Issue 5 • Date Sept. 2013

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 1
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  • Staff listing

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  • Reaching Out [From the Editor]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • Life Is Beautiful [Perspectives on Graduate Life]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 6 - 8
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  • Another One in the Books [Perspectives on Graduate Life]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 8 - 62
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  • EMBC 2013: Meeting in the Land of the Rising Stars [EMBC 2013: Osaka, Japan]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 9 - 11
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  • Technology Comes to the Playing Field: New World of Sports Promises Fewer Injuries, Better Performance

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 12 - 17
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    A bus pulls up at The Ohio State University (OSU) Sports Health and Performance Institute, and a high school basketball team piles out, ready to hit the court. However, this is not an ordinary practice session. While the players go through their paces, cameras monitor their every move, and multiple force plates in the floor log the torques acting on their joints. This is the new world of sports, where biomedical engineers combine devices, such as sensors, accelerometers, and high-speed cameras, with specially crafted computer software to provide intricately detailed views of all types of sports and the wide variety of people who play them. The goal is to understand sports injuries on a level necessary to improve prevention and treatment and, in some cases, to enhance athletic performance. View full abstract»

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  • Making Sports Safer for Kids: Using Biomechanical Devices to Prevent Injuries

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    Children seem so resilient. They can fall off a moving bike and get right up off the ground, seemingly no worse for the wear. They can leap off the side of a hill and land hard but run off with an ease that makes adults jealous. Nonetheless, kids can and do get hurt, and sometimes those injuries are difficult to spot. A growing number of research groups and companies are now turning their attention from professional and college athletes to schoolchildren aged 6-18 years to learn how to make sports as safe as possible. Researchers have developed a biomechanical surrogate that models a child's response to impact observed in sports. View full abstract»

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  • Moving the Science of Behavior Change into the 21st Century: Novel Solutions to Prevent Disease and Promote Health

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 22 - 24
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    Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)?such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease?kill more people globally than infectious diseases and are responsible for about two-thirds of deaths worldwide [1]. Six out of the seven most important risk factors for premature death (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high body mass index, inadequate fruit and vegetable intake, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol consumption) are related to diet and physical activity (smoking is the seventh). Unhealthy diet and the lack of physical activity are the leading causes of avoidable illness and premature death in Europe. Worldwide, the prevalence of NCDs is expected to increase dramatically (see ?Diseases That Break the Bank?). View full abstract»

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  • Moving Behavioral Theories into the 21st Century: Technological Advancements for Improving Quality of Life

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 25 - 28
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    Data on health and wellness from around the world reveal a pattern of less than optimal outcomes for the young and old alike. These results are not limited to the developing world. In fact, a recent report showed that Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries [1]. Although the precise causes of these disparities are not fully elucidated, chronic diseases, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are increasing in the Western world. Similarly, in the low- and middle-income countries, chronic disease is increasingly being cited as an emerging problem and a major component of disease burden [2]. It is widely suspected that the increased prevalence of unhealthy behaviors plays a significant role in overall health and in chronic disease. Indeed, it has been estimated that approximately 40% of all premature deaths are due to behavioral patterns that are potentially modifiable [3]. Further, in patients suffering from chronic disease, self-management of health behaviors (e.g., eating well, exercising as indicated, and taking medication as directed) has been shown to have a significant effect on symptom reduction and quality of life, as well as reducing costs in the health-care system [4]. Finally, enhancing health behavior to prevent disease has been consistently shown to decrease adverse health events over time. Thus, the dangerous effects of inactivity, poor diet, smoking, drug and alcohol use, lack of sleep, and chronically stressful environments are now widely appreciated to be associated with not only the quality of life but also with mortality and health-care and disability costs. View full abstract»

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  • Realizing Effective Behavioral Management of Health: The Metamorphosis of Behavioral Science Methods

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 29 - 34
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    The past two centuries have shown radical improvements in health and longevity, with hygiene as the key contributor to this trend in the 19th century and antibiotics and vaccinations in the 20th century. With most infectious diseases largely at bay in the developed world, the greatest contributors to suboptimal health today are largely behavioral. For example, there are three behavioral risk factors-tobacco use, poor diet, and inactivity-that contribute to four chronic diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, lung disease, and some cancers. Together, these behaviors account for more than 50% of preventable deaths (see the Web site 3four50.com). While medical advances will surely continue, it is likely that the next great advancements in health in the 21st century will occur via more effective behavior management. View full abstract»

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  • Frozen Cells and Bits: Cryoelectronics Advances Biopreservation

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 35 - 43
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    With few exceptions, electronic components are rated by their manufacturers to -40 °C (sometimes -55 °C). The operation of electronic components, circuits, and systems at much lower temperatures is called cold electronics, cryogenic electronics, low-temperature electronics, or cryoelectronics. Although not all electronics components are usable at low temperatures, electronic devices and circuits have been operated all the way down to a few degrees above absolute zero (0 K, -273 °C). View full abstract»

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  • A clinical roadmap for brain-neural machine interfaces: trainees' perspectives on the 2013 international workshop

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 44 - 48
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    Brain-neural machine interfaces (BNMIs) are systems that allow a user to control an artificial device, such as a computer cursor or a robotic limb, through imagined movements that are measured as neural activity. They provide the potential to restore mobility for those with motor deficiencies caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, or limb amputations. Such systems would have been considered a topic of science fiction a few decades ago but are now being increasingly developed in both research and industry. Workers in this area are charged with fabricating BNMIs that are safe, effective, easy to use, and affordable for clinical populations. View full abstract»

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  • Search for Editor-in-Chief: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 49
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  • Why Biomedical Engineers Should Study Biology [State of the Art]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 50
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  • BHI 2014

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 51
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  • The Ebb and Flow of Patent Law [Patents]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 52 - 68
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  • EMBC 2014

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 53
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  • Career Management in Senior Design [Senior Design]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 54 - 56
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  • IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 55
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  • J-BHI Special Issue

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 57
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  • Leonardo: The Bioengineer [Retrospectroscope]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 58 - 62
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  • International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 59
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  • Save the Date

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 61
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Colin J.H. Brenan
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Marblehead, Massachusetts,
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