Issue 6 • Nov.-Dec. 2018

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): C1
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  • NER 2019

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): C2
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  • Table of Contents

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  • Staff Listing

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  • AI Tackles Hospital Infections: Machine Learning Is Helping Clinicians

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):4 - 7
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    For Ashley Zappia (Figure 1), getting her hands dirty was part of her job. Even though she always tried to remain as clean as possible, her work as a nursing aide at a Southern California hospital required a lot of diapering, changing, and other hands-on tasks. She was mostly in the ER, where physical contact with bodily fluids from sick patients was normal. She was careful to wash her hands frequ... View full abstract»

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  • Discovering Cancer Earlier: A New US$100 Million X Prize Aims to Shift the Odds in Cancer Survival

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):8 - 10
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    According to the National Cancer Institute, 4 million people die of cancer worldwide every year-almost 500 every hour. But the most shocking thing about that statistic is this: more than a third and possibly even the vast majority of those deaths could have been prevented through sufficiently early detection. Now, a new competition aims to turn that situation around. View full abstract»

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  • Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing: Is the Public Ready for Simple, At-Home DNA Tests to Detect Disease Risk?

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):11 - 14
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    Most genetic testing requires a doctor's prescription. In April 2017, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave genetics company 23andMe the go-ahead to sell DNA tests assessing the user's level of risk for ten health conditions, including Parkinson's disease and late-onset Alzheimer's disease. This was followed nearly a year later by approval to sell tests for three mutations in t... View full abstract»

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  • Opening Act: New Multidisciplinary Approaches Yield Thinner, Stronger, Better Stents

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):15 - 19
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    When an artery is blocked, stents are often the best way to open up the vessel. A mesh stent is tightly crimped over a tiny balloon and guided to the troubled spot; the balloon is inflated, expanding the stent, which forces the vessel open. Blood flow is restored. View full abstract»

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  • The Eye as a Window to Health: Albeit Slow, Research is Progressing on Contact Lenses for Medical Diagnostics

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):20 - 23
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    The idea is a compelling one: a device that looks and feels like an ordinary contact lens but that can continuously monitor a variety of health indicators. For a diabetic, such a lens might update blood glucose levels and, using a built-in flashing LED indicator light, signal when a condition needs attention. Diabetic patients might be saved from the need for repeated finger prick tests and could ... View full abstract»

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  • Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability: The Promise of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):24 - 27
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    The first article of this series (see "About This Series") mentioned that, after the success of its new messaging standard for electronic health record (EHR) systems, Health Level 7 (HL7) found it difficult to develop and widely deploy a standard for the rich representation of clinical data for use in patient care. This was due, in large part, to the complexity of medicine and the resulting comple... View full abstract»

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  • A New Vision for Preventing Pressure Ulcers: Wearable Wireless Devices Could Help Solve a Common-and Serious-Problem

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):28 - 31
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    With an aging population, the incidence and prevalence of wound problems is on the rise. Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are painful, take months to heal, and, for many patients, never do, leading to other health problems. The condition has become so acute that treating bedsores is now a significant burden on the healthcare system. An estimated 2.5 million pressure ulc... View full abstract»

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  • Adequate, Not Best [State of the Art]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):32 - 34
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  • The Holy Grail and the Female Uterus [Retrospectroscope]

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  • A College-Level Overview of Biomedical Instrumentation [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 35
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  • [Calendar]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 36
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  • 2018 Year End Index

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):1 - 9
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Both general and technical articles on current technologies and methods used in biomedical and clinical engineering; societal implications of medical technologies; current news items; book reviews; patent descriptions; and correspondence. Special interest departments, students, law, clinical engineering, ethics, new products, society news, historical features and government.

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Ahmed Morsy
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt
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