Source: IPU Berlin / Fabian Eggert Copyright: IPU Berlin / Fabian Eggert URL: http://mhealth.jmir.org/2021/2/e20329/ License: Creative Commons Attribution + NoDerivatives (CC-BY-ND) Sharing information about the expected effect of a health app before its use and providing positive feedback regarding its effectiveness after its use have the potential to strengthen the placebo effect. This is suggested by a randomized controlled trial, conducted by scientists from the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) Berlin, in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Basel and RWTH Aachen, just published in the open-access journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth. The results provide the basis for using the placebo effect in the contextRead More →

Source: iStock by Getty Images Copyright: kentoh URL: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/sports-abstract-background-gm1215253771-353891434 License: Licensed by the Authors From stress, burnout, career disruption and social isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed similar challenges for many people including one special subgroup—that of elite athletes. “Athletes are unique in their mental health problems but also their resilience,’’ says Dr Luke Balcombe from the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention, whose review of the most up-to-date mental health literature has been published in JMIR Formative Research. “Elite athletes are an at-risk population for mental health problems compared to the general population. And 2020 has posed significant challenges with worldwide disruptions toRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: cookie_studio URL: https://tinyurl.com/y4758h96 License: Licensed by JMIR For more information, contact: healthatscale@crosscutstrategies.com Study Shows Personalized Provider Navigation Using Machine Intelligence May Reduce Post-Surgical Hospitalizations and Lower Costs SAN JOSE, Calif., December 1, 2020 – Patients treated by top-rated providers as determined by machine intelligence are less likely to suffer post-surgical hospitalizations and have lower costs of care than those treated by providers rated highly by other popular rankings, according to a study released today by researchers affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Michigan, and Health at Scale Technologies. The study, published today in the Journal of MedicalRead More →

Source: Pexels Copyright: fotografierende Source URL: https://www.pexels.com/photo/flat-lay-photography-of-an-open-book-beside-coffee-mug-3278768/ Licensed by JMIR Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have explored all COVID-19 research published during the initial phase of the pandemic. The results, which were achieved by using a machine learning approach and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, will make it easier to direct future research to where it is most needed. In the wake of the rapid spread of COVID-19, research on the disease has escalated dramatically. Over 60,000 COVID-19–related articles have been indexed to date in the medical database PubMed. This body of research is too large to be assessed by traditional methods, suchRead More →

Source: Burst Copyright: Thought Catalog URL: https://burst.shopify.com/photos/person-using-laptop?q=laptop License: Licensed by JMIR Dr Alejandra Casillas was first struck by the rise of digital health in 2016, when she returned to the United States from a 4-year stint working in Europe. Casillas, now an assistant professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has had a longtime interest in health disparities, with a particular focus on health communications among underserved and limited English proficient communities. Following her service as chief medical resident at UCSF Medical Center and as a Robert Wood JohnsonRead More →

Source: Justina Sharp – Instagram. Copyright: Justina Sharp. URL: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_nJTichX8l/ Licensed by the authors. Study indicates that Nod use buffered the most at-risk students from experiencing loneliness and depression during the first month of college San Francisco (October 20, 2020) – Hopelab and Grit Digital Health announced today new data about the effectiveness of Nod, an app that tackles the pervasive and growing problem of loneliness in college students. Designed to support college students’ well-being, Nod uses evidence-based principles of positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindful self-compassion to engage students in meaningful activities that boost their skills to build social connections. TheRead More →

Source: Flickr Copyright: Jamie Henderson URL: https://tinyurl.com/y222llh7 License: CC-BY-NC-ND Traditional media and government are leading sources of information, but trust in government has declined. Gender, age, education level, and political affiliation predict where people turn for information about COVID-19—and what sources they use and trust is linked to differing beliefs about the pandemic, according to a new study by NYU School of Global Public Health researchers. The findings—drawn from surveys of more than 11,000 US adults during the first few months of the pandemic—are published in JMIR Public Health Surveillance. “Our study is one of the first data-driven efforts to not only think about whatRead More →

Source: Shutterstock Copyright: Camila R P URL: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dramatic-portrait-concept-anxiety-fear-intense-428366179 License: Licensed by the authors Research reveals potential for UK digital innovation to improve patients’ recovery     Academics at Coventry University have been involved in a nationally funded study, led by Nottingham Trent University, to explore the potential for ‘smart spectacles’ – glasses with sensors in the frame – to help the recovery of patients with facial palsy.   Facial palsy is estimated to affect 1 in 60 people over the course of their lifetime, with 30 per cent of patients suffering long-term facial disfigurement, facial pain, and sometimes involuntary movements.   As part of the study,Read More →

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Image Source: Ki Han at Carrot Inc. Copyright: Carrot Inc. URL: https://www.jmir.org/2020/9/e22811 License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) In a study of 234 participants, use of the Pivot personal Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor resulted in a significant increase in motivation to quit, increase in quit attempts, and reduction in cigarette consumption. REDWOOD CITY, CA, October 02, 2020 – The Pivot Breath Sensor was evaluated in a clinical trial involving 234 people who smoke cigarettes to determine its effects on smoking behavior and attitudes.1 During this 3-month study, participants demonstrated increased motivation to quit, favorable quit attempt rates, and reduced cigarettes per day—all of which significantly increaseRead 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 →