Author Biography

Leslie Mertz

Leslie Mertz (lmertz@nasw.org) is a freelance science, medical, and technical writer, author, and educator living in northern Michigan.

Author Articles

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Nuclear Imaging Enters a New Era

Nuclear medicine has come a long way in a short time. Over the past three decades alone, it has taken two major steps forward and is now on the precipice of yet another advance that could begin to have a real impact on cancer care within the year.

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On the Cusp of a Healthcare Revolution

Of the key technologies listed as “ready to propel industries and transform our world” in the 2017 report Top 50 Emerging Technologies: Growth Opportunities of Strategic Imperative, most fall under the scope of BME. Issued by the major market research and analysis company Frost and Sullivan, the report’s findings are no surprise to those who are heavily invested in this field.

Automated Insulin Delivery

For individuals with Type 1 or insulin-requiring Type 2 diabetes, new technology may offer something they desperately need, but is now nigh impossible: the ability to maintain ideal blood glucose levels all day, every day.
FIGURE 1 Bryan Mazlish
One problem is that glucose levels can fluctuate

Machine Learning Takes on Health Care

FIGURE 1 Leonard D’Avolio, Ph.D.
When Leonard D’Avolio (Figure 1: Photo courtesy of Cyft) was working on his Ph.D. degree in biomedical informatics, he saw the power of machine learning in transforming multiple industries; health care, however, was not among them. “The reason that Amazon, Netflix,

Reading Minds

When you see or think about an object, your brain engages in a unique pattern of activity tied specifically to that object. That’s how you know a cat is a cat, and not a dog or a house or a cloud.

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Sharing Data to Solve the Riddle of Autism

Worldwide, at least one in 100 people have autism spectrum disorder. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number at one in 68. Despite the high prevalence and increased awareness of autism in recent years, the underlying mechanisms still remain unclarified.

Taking on the Obesity Epidemic

If obesity were tied only to too much food or too little physical activity, the cure would be a simple matter of counting calories or keeping track of steps with a pedometer. Unfortunately, obesity is much more complex.