Engineering Bias in AI

IEEE Pulse recently spoke with Timnit Gebru about the role societal bias plays in engineering AI, the deficits and dangers in the field caused by limited diversity, and the challenges inherent in addressing these complex issues.

Battling Superbugs: How Phage Therapy Went From Obscure to Promising

Until a dangerous bacterial infection left her husband near death 3 years ago, scientist Steffanie Strathdee had never heard of bacteriophage therapy. After it ultimately saved his life, however, she not only has become a staunch advocate of the therapy, but also now serves as co-director of the newly established Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics at the University of California San Diego.

Natural Disasters and Public Health

After the immediate emergency of a natural disaster is over and the media attention wanes, communities must deal with the long process of recovering and rebuilding. Yet some of the greatest challenges that disaster victims face come not from the disaster itself but from long-term health problems stemming from the event.

Clinician App Tackles Stress of Patient Task Management

Designed to assist with the administrative burden of patient care and practice management, Dock Health is a secure collaboration and task management platform. Ahmed Morsy, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pulse, spoke with Michael Docktor about the potential this platform has to assist with patient management tasks and ease the stress of clinician and administrative burnout.

New Quantitative Approach to Autism Diagnosis

Only a few years ago, leading autism expert David Amaral described the disorder as a lifelong disability. Today, he acknowledges that description is no longer true. “Research lately shows that a substantial proportion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show really substantial improvements in their autism symptoms,” says Amaral.

Opening Act

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.

Discovering Cancer Earlier

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.