Although women and men share many similar health challenges throughout their lifetimes, women are not necessarily healthier. Some conditions that only women experience—such as pregnancy, ovarian cancer, or the abnormal growth of the uterus called endometriosis— can become great health risks.
More than a century ago, the American surgeon William Coley noticed a correlation between cancer remissions and postoperative infections: some patients who had battled an infection also experienced a regression of their cancer.
Advances in automobile technology have made headlines over the last few years, and not always for good reasons. In March 2018, an Uber self-driving car ran over a pedestrian in Arizona—the latest in a handful of casualties tied to automated car systems.
According to the World Health Organization, every third adult suffers from hypertension—that is 1.5 billion adults worldwide. Hypertension can lead to severe complications, such as stroke and heart failure – resulting in 7.5 million premature deaths worldwide each year. Together with patients’ associations and global-health managers, professionals agree on the fact that only a blood pressure measurement that is comfortable (cuffless) and continuous (beat-to-beat, including during the night) will empower the real fight against the silent killer.
Work is already underway to bring blockchain technology to the healthcare industry, and hospital administrators are trying to figure out what it can do for them, their clinicians, and their patients. That includes administrators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a leading academic medical center located in Boston. We interviewed the medical center’s chief information officer (CIO), John D. Halamka, M.D.
A special Pulse on Stage event exploring the potential of artificial intelligence to transform modern healthcare was hosted at EMBC18.
Soft robotics proliferate—along with their sources of inspiration.
Practical and ethical implications of putting AI and robotics to work for patients.
A blockchain revolution sweeps into health care, offering the possibility for a much-needed data solution.
New resources are allowing us to learn, experiment, and create imaginative solutions for biomedical applications.