Source: Pixabay; Copyright: Mohamed_hassan; URL: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/coronavirus-virus-spread-flu-4952102/; License: licensed by the authors. Researchers detected an unexpected 50% increase in patients presenting with respiratory illnesses at UCLA Health facilities in the months before the pandemic. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers and colleagues who analyzed electronic health records found that there was a 50% increase in patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics beginning in late December 2019, suggesting that COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area months before the first definitive cases in the U.S. were identified. This sudden increase in patients with these symptoms, which continued throughRead More →

New research in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research underscores the efficacy of virtual therapy. San Francisco, August 26, 2020 — New research published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows clinically meaningful improvements in depression and anxiety for patients participating in Vida Health’s virtual therapy program. The study, Digital Cognitive Behavior Therapy Intervention for Depression and Anxiety: Retrospective Study, examined the effectiveness of Vida’s app-based, therapist-driven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program in improving symptoms of depression and anxiety. The study found that after only three months of participation in Vida’s program, patients had an average depression reduction of 34%; at sixRead More →

Source: the authors Copyright: the authors URL: https://medinform.jmir.org/2020/7/e15880 License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY). By Kevin Manne. Originally published by the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. BUFFALO, N.Y. — The health care leaders of tomorrow are willing to violate privacy laws—for a price, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. Recently published in JMIR Medical Informatics, the study found that when people feel there’s a good chance they could get caught, they’re less likely to violate HIPAA—the federal law restricting the release of medical information. But when medical treatment for their friend or family member is on the line, mostRead More →

Source: Shutterstock; Copyright: Rawpixel.com; URL: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/students-education-social-media-laptop-tablet-331683617; License: licensed by the authors. Published findings highlight best methods for recruiting and retaining young Vermonters Burlington, VT—Ensuring the effectiveness of policies and media campaigns targeting young people is critical to achieving substance use prevention. However, standard state surveillance systems are often not nimble enough to capture quickly changing substance use trends, leaving decision makers without the latest data to guide state-level prevention efforts. New findings from a collaborative Vermont study, published July 20 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, highlight the study’s uniquely flexible survey instrument and use of incentives to capture the most relevant data andRead More →

Web-based testing supports patients in engaging with research from the comfort of their own homes—fostering an environment for inclusive and representative research—but are the results robust? New research, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, makes the case for CANTAB cognitive assessments. Traditionally, scientists assess cognition using thorough, but infrequent, assessments in the laboratory or clinic. In efforts to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission rates, most researchers have postponed this form of face-to-face assessment and are actively seeking remote alternatives. With the ubiquity of electronic devices and fast-paced internet connections, web-based testing is a compelling option. However, before departing from the tightly controlled laboratoryRead More →

Source: Unsplash; Copyright: David Clode; URL: https://unsplash.com/photos/qdwy0I2Icuw; License: licensed by JMIR.   A study led by Wayne Buente, an associate professor of communication in the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, analyzed the ways that people from Guam and the Marianas depict betel nut, also known as the areca nut, on the photo-sharing site Instagram. The study determined that people of the Marianas use Instagram to convey their offline practices of areca nut culture. The study was published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the leading peer-reviewed journal for digital medicine, health, and healthRead More →

Source: freepik.com Copyright: jcomp URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/female-hand-typing-keyboard-laptop_5432776.htm#page=2&query=laptop&position=47   New research by a multidisciplinary collaboration between Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR): Queen Mary and Edinburgh, eHealth Interdisciplinary Group: Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge, and the charity Asthma UK, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, looks at the characteristics of superusers who are actively engaged in the Asthma UK online community and Facebook group to help health care professionals better understand the role they play in supporting the management of long-term conditions. The Role of the Superuser Online health communities help people to self-manage certain aspects of their long-term conditions better throughRead More →

Online health information is deemed doubly less trustworthy if the text includes both “shouting” and spelling errors together, according to a new study at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). As the world desperately seeks answers to their questions about the coronavirus, this timely study shows how vital it is for anyone giving valid health advice online to understand how readers judge the backdrop and atmosphere surrounding the presented information as well as the words. Dr Harry J Witchel, an expert in body language at BSMS and lead author of the study, said, “This is all about trust, which is vital at the moment. IfRead More →

The paper, published today in JMIR Diabetes, is the first of its kind that shows age as a predictor of weight in a mobile health intervention.   NEW YORK, New York (June 04, 2020) — Noom, the behavior change pioneer harnessing the latest innovations in psychology to help people live healthier lives, announced the release of a new study revealing that age is a predictor of weight in a mobile health intervention.   The findings, published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Diabetes , followed 14,767 Noom Healthy Weight (HW) and Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) participants aged 35-85 years old over a 52-week period.Read More →

Source: pexels.com Copyright: cottonbro URL: https://www.pexels.com/photo/restaurant-man-people-woman-4057762/   Digital interventions are effective in helping patients in primary care take the medicines they have been prescribed, according to the first UK study of whether highly tailored text and voice messages are useful as a tool to improve medication adherence. The new study, called Medication Adherence for Patient’s Support, or MAPS, proves the importance of highly tailored interventions to support behavior change. The research is likely to be of interest to health care planners looking for effective, low-cost ways to improve medication adherence on a large scale. Medication adherence is a significant problem in terms of health andRead More →