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Biomedical engineering, your patients and you

“The 21st century is witnessing a paradigm shift in human health and medicine,” according to numerous researchers who contributed to “Grand Challenges at the Interface of Engineering and Medicine.” The new position paper outlines five areas where bioengineering of the 21st century will affect everything from limb and organ regeneration to immunology to brain health. Check out the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and news releases from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Cancer care and mental health

Cancer and various treatments affect different parts of the body. The disease also “really messes with the mind.” Here’s how cancer survivors and physicians are creating awareness of the mental health effects including anxiety and depression.

Veterans health care at risk?

The U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has gotten high marks for caring for those who served. This analysis says VHA health care would be in jeopardy if former President Donald J. Trump is reelected. Is that a reason to vote for President Joe Biden? Not if current trends continue.

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