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 →

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 →

New large-scale study: Hinge Health exercise therapy and coaching reduced musculoskeletal pain by 69% and improved mental health and surgery outcomes in a longitudinal study with 10,000+ participants. San Francisco, CA (May 12, 2020) – As more patients and employers turn to remote health care options in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a new large-scale study shows that Hinge Health’s digital health solution significantly reduced participant musculoskeletal pain. The study demonstrates that each Hinge Health remote exercise therapy and coaching session has a direct correlation to pain reduction. In the world’s largest digital musculoskeletal longitudinal study (N=10,264), each Hinge Health participant had an average painRead More →

Source: Unsplash / freestocks By motivating and reminding people to take their medication, based on one’s own needs and behavior, researchers at Halmstad University strive to improve medication adherence among patients with hypertension. The reasons for not taking prescribed medication vary—it can be forgetfulness, fear of side effects, or lack of an understanding of the consequences—but the medication is important for preventing, for example, congestive heart failure or stroke. Use of individualized digital tools is one way to assist patients with high blood pressure in self-empowerment and hence increase medication adherence.   In a newly published article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR),Read More →

Source: Ceiba Pty Ltd/ Image created by the authors An Italian project, developed through the support of TEVA Italia, a company constantly focused on the needs of health care professionals.   Assago, March 2020 — The results of a research on the behavior of Italian neurologists seeking useful information and resources on migraine and multiple sclerosis management have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This research was developed by TEVA Italia Medical Information Department in collaboration with Doxa Pharma.   Working in a rapidly changing environment, specialists need to have in-depth and continuously updated knowledge of the latest scientific data. This allows themRead More →