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Leslie Mertz

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

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One Step at a Time

One of the biggest health problems in the world is also one of the most solvable. Yet, millions of people continue to be afflicted every year, spend time in hospitals for costly treatment, and, in many cases, become permanently disabled when one of their limbs has to be amputated. Some motivated medical, engineering, and other professionals, however, envision a better future where new collaboration-inspired technologies address this devastating problem: foot ulcers among people who have diabetes.

Size Matters

Why are nanomaterials such a hot ticket? It’s all about size. Thanks to their small dimensions (at least one dimension fewer than about 100 nm) and, therefore, high ratio of surface area to volume, nanoparticles have some very unusual and interesting chemical and physical properties…

Seven Steps to Innovation

What does it take to move from the drawing board to realization, especially in the field of biomedical engineering that seems to be churning out one great idea after another? It’s not about luck, according to the experts. The road to success has many twists and turns, but by passing a few guideposts along the way, the journey can be a rewarding one.