Technology in Medicine
1) Prickless Glucose Monitor Takes Giant Step Forward: On a new lab-on-a-chip development that offers to discover patients' glucose levels without a blood sample. For IEEE Spectrum on June 5, 2014.
2) "Fighting Cancer with Protons": By using protons instead of X-rays, a new generation of CT scanners could help target tumors better. For the Feb. 2010 issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine
3) "'Electronic Tongue' Mimics Human Taste Organ": On a new postage-stamp-sized test that can measure the sense of 'sweet." For National Geographic News on Sept. 1, 2009
4) Industry forecasters say the market for biometric data-collection systems will double or triple in size over the next five years. The technology, which analyzes such markers as fingerprints, voice prints, face shape, palm and finger veins, and irises, is used in applications as varied as passports and Disneyland passes. But storing the data on both government and privately owned computers poses an increasing threat to individual privacy and opens up new frontiers in identity theft, say security experts.
Privacy advocates are growing concerned about biometric "function creep": A company that scans your iris for an ID badge, they say, might also allow government or commercial entities to run this biometric data against their own databases—whether for legitimate or questionable purposes—without your consent. This is why encryption of biometric data is needed, argue Canadian and European biometric experts.
A story for IEEE Spectrum on Aug. 18, 2009.
5) "Epileptic Seizures Strike Much Like Earthquakes": Recognizing patterns in seismology and medical data -- and providing tools that could predict aftershocks, and seizures. In the April 2008 issue of Discover magazine
6) "The Neuro Revolution Will Not Be Televised": On the promising frontiers -- and not-quite-ready-for-prime-time technologies -- of neuroscience. A book review for the October 2009 issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine
7) "The Medical Tricorder Takes Two Steps Away from Sci-Fi," a story for Wired.com on July 2, 2007
8) "Cancer: Killing it Softly" – a story for Wired.com on Dec. 5, 2001
Ultrasound is a familiar term for mothers-to-be, whose doctors use the technology to view a fetus in the womb. But ultrasound as a surgical tool -- where focused beams of high-intensity sound waves are used to kill tumors and cauterize sites of internal bleeding -- is a new and promising application in the burgeoning field of "acoustic medicine."
This week, at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, several teams of scientists are presenting their research on using high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, to combat prostate cancer, liver cancer and internal bleeding -- without anesthesia, chemotherapy, radiation or incisions.
Companies and researchers are still testing HIFU therapy, hoping for FDA approval in the United States, but this past summer Japan and Europe OK'd its use as a method of reducing swollen prostate glands in older men. On the other hand, China -- whose medical approval process is less stringent than the FDA's -- has been using HIFU therapy in cancer patients since 1997.
9) "ATMs to Automated Doctor Machines": On telemedicine, home tele-care and intelligent health environments. For Wired.com on Sept. 26, 2001.
10) "Medical Records Made Easy": On the information systems needed for genomics, e-health and personalized medicine. For Wired.com on Sept. 25, 2001.
11) "Dreaming About Nano Health Care": On printable bio sensors, wearable health monitors, "smart medical home" and other big e-health ideas from MIT's Media Lab. An article for Wired.com on Nov. 14, 2000
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