David L. Chandler was a science writer for the Boston Globe for 20 years, and has also written for Nature, Wired, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Astronomy, Technology Review, the Atlantic, and many other publications. He is the author of “Life on Mars,” as well as portions of other books. He presently works for the MIT News Office as well as freelancing.
Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was once untreatable and fatal, in recent years surgeons have developed a method using traction to
Rita Paradiso of Smartex is engineering clothes that can monitor a wearer’s condition.
For several years now, electronic devices, which for most people function as just entertainment or convenience, have had profound and transformative effects on the lives of people on the autism spectrum.
When Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, announced in August 2015 that it had hired away “soft electronics” pioneer John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the exuberant reports in Chicago and the agonized ones downstate all shared similar descriptions of the man…
The smooth, powerful muscles of a newborn baby’s heart are pulsing normally, squeezing in and letting go rhythmically as a 3-mm-wide catheter-like tube snakes its way through
Right now, it’s an unimposing device about the size of a tissue box, with a hinged lid on one side. But this little machine carries a big punch: it embodies a novel approach to diagnosing a multitude of diseases and monitoring many health parameters
On the female side, when it comes to contraception, there’s an arsenal of options. There’s the pill, patches, implants, injectable hormones, sponges, spermicides, cervical caps, diaphragms, morning-after pills
The year is 2024. At a small regional hospital, an automated call has just come in, triggered by a patient’s personal fitness-monitoring device, which has detected several sudden and drastic anomalies
Five of the top researchers in the field of sleep research, diagnostics and treatment
Anyone who has ever watched video of the now-retired U.S. space shuttle performing a mission like repairing the Hubble