March/April 2014

The Diabetes Epidemic: Spotlight on the U.S.
Cover Story

As a doctor with an academic, clinical, and personal interest in diabetes, I worry that we’re in for a real struggle—and our success is part of the problem. As kids, many of us were outside running around for hours, only coming home for dinner, which rarely, if ever, consisted of junk food or fast food... Read more

Editorial Blogs


An Early Telegraph Idea: Physicians Often Feel Attracted to Engineering

The objectives of medicine are to restore, maintain, and improve human health applying the biomedical sciences......

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Crowdfunding the Next Generation of Scientists?

A biomedical engineering lab at UC Irvine is trying a bold new experiment: crowd-funding a lab project to address lagging rankings of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic education (STEM) in the United States. Michelle Khine's Lab at UC Irvine has launched a one-month Kickstarter campaign to produce and develop an “inventor’s kit” meant to engage, enable and empower children to “play” science at an early age...... Read more

The Fallacy of Genetic Selection

The assumption behind the assertion that genes are either useful and present or harmful and extirpated is that this is a binary situation where genes are either one way or the other. The reality is that there are more than two choices and, more likely, a gradation from highly undesirable to the organism to highly desirable, with the intensity of natural selection graded as well...... Read more

Biomedical and Health Informatics: Future Prospects for the Field and for Our Students

It is now common knowledge that BME is one of the fastest growing job markets percentagewise. Still, this job market is relatively small at fewer than 20,000 U.S. jobs, so even a large percentage increase is minor...... Read more

The Figure One Problem

Like many undergraduate students, my plans and ideas for my career trajectory evolved over time. As I have written about before, I went back and forth during college about whether to pursue an M.D.-only or M.D./Ph.D. degree. No matter where I fell on that spectrum during that time, I talked to a variety of graduate students in the lab I worked in about their experiences as Ph.D. students. One of the major lessons that I learned from this was to hedge my bets to graduate in a reasonable amount of time by working on multiple projects at... Read more

ETAT 2013: Reflections on the First IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Telemedicine

The first IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biological Society (EMBS) Summer School on Emerging Technologies and Applications in Telemedicine (ETAT) was held 25–31 August 2013 in Slovakia. ETAT was cosponsored by IEEE EMBS, the National Centre of Telemedicine Services at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava...... Read more

Life as a Serial Entrepreneur

Recently, I was sitting in a local coffee shop trying to think of a topic for my editorial in this issue of IEEE Pulse, and I was having little success. I thought it ironic that I spend the majority of my day writing e-mails, proposals, and reports but couldn’t think of a topic for what should be a simple assignment: writing this column. Since becoming editor-in-chief of IEEE Pulse, I am now challenged to think of interesting topics on which I can opine on a regular basis. After some thought, I elected to fall back on the tried and ... Read more

2014 Elected EMBS Fellows

The IEEE Board of Directors approved the newly elevated Fellows for 2014. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on this prestigious accomplishment! Martin Buss Technische Universitaet Muenchen for contributions to haptic telepresence systems and autonomous robots Branko Celler Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO) for contributions to telehealth services ... Read more

MRI Essentials for Innovative Technologies

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most versatile and fastest-growing modality in diagnostic imaging, and is considered to be one of the most important medical advances of the 20th century. MRI Essentials for Innovative Technologies describes novel methods to improve MRI beyond its current limitations and combines rigorous development of mathematical concepts with descriptive presentations of the emerging MRI techniques.... Read more

Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, 2nd Edition

It is difficult to find a book that covers both biomedical image processing and biomedical signal processing that also has good coverage of the physics of biomedical signal acquisition techniques and biomedical imaging. This book, which contains much information in the field of signal and image processing techniques (the first edition appeared in 2005), has perfectly achieved this goal.... Read more