When you're sick or injured aboard the International Space Station 240 miles above the Earth, you can't just catch an ambulance to the nearest hospital. But innovative new ultrasound equipment and techniques have given astronauts the ability to quickly diagnose injury and illness while consulting with doctors back on the ground. And now the same capabilities have been adapted to provide expert medical care for people back on Earth, not only in undeveloped regions far from medical facilities, but even for Olympic athletes and professional sports teams. Read how space station technology has traveled from orbit to the ends of the Earth in my article on the NASA International Space Station site.
Not getting enough sleep? You're not alone. But aside from just being an annoyance, it might actually put you at risk -- even to the point of life and death. I discuss the reasons why, along with some ways to get more Zs, in my feature "Chasing Slumber" in the September/October 2013 issue of Psychology Today.
After more than forty years, the "war on cancer" remains far from achieving victory. Some researchers are calling for a new approach to the disease: abandoning the "war" in favor of a sort of modus vivendi based on an evolutionary approach. I discuss the new perspective in this essay in the June 2013 issue of WIRED.