Source: The Authors Copyright: The Authors URL: License: CC-BY-NC-SA Geneva, February 21, 2021 – InZone, an academic and humanitarian program for higher education in refugee contexts at the University of Geneva, is happy to announce the publication of this study with the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The research concerns the delivery of the University of Geneva’s InZone-RAFT basic medical training course in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps between 2017 and 2019. The project was delivered via InZone’s collaborative blended learning ecosystem, which connects students in refugee camps, teachers, tutors, and facilitators to enable higher education in refugee contexts. The research finds that, by improving the mode of delivery, better contextualizing content, and promoting more interaction between the refugee students and their teachers, high levels of medicalRead More →

Source: Image created by the authors Copyright: The Authors URL: License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Behind the perfectly curated videos and facetuned selfies, no filter can hide the concerns dermatologists have about practicing medicine in the face of social media. March 17, 2021: A new study published in JMIR Dermatology found that dermatologists are most concerned over misinformation on social media, scoring it an 89 out of 100 on the degree of risk severity. Yet, 82% of dermatologists plan to increase their personal and professional use on social media. Research Summary Journal JMIR Dermatology Title Risks and Benefits of Using Social Media in Dermatology:Read More →

Source: Copyright: Woebot Health URL: License: Licensed by JMIR Woebot, a therapeutic relational agent, established a bond with users who experienced a 30% decrease in occasions of substance use during the pandemic The study coincided with a marked increase in alcohol consumption in early 2020: Nielsen reported a 21% rise in brick-and-mortar alcohol dollar sales and a 234% increase in online sales of alcohol compared to the prior year SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2021— Woebot Health, a pioneer in the development and delivery of fast-acting digital therapeutics for mental health, announced that the Journal of Medical Internet Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal coveringRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: Freepik URL: License: Licensed by JMIR BOSTON, MA (March 11, 2021)–A research study evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of the National Empowerment Center’s peer-led training program, Emotional CPR, has been published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine. The study—conducted between April 20, 2020, and July 31, 2020—showed that Emotional CPR has positive impacts on participants’ ability to support others as well as on their own well-being. “This study provides promising evidence that Emotional CPR may increase feelings of belonging while also improving participants’ ability to support others experiencing emotional distress,” said Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD, CEO of the National EmpowermentRead More →

Source: Image created by the Authors Copyright: The Authors (ManagingLife) URL: License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)   For chronic pain sufferers an app may be just the tool they need to manage their pain. In a UHN-led study that used the app “Manage My Pain,” enrolled patients saw clinically significant reductions in key areas that drive increased medical needs, potential abuse of prescription opioids and, of course, pain.       Toronto (March 4, 2021) – For the first time, an app has been shown to reduce key symptoms of chronic pain. A UNH-led study evaluated the impact of Manage My Pain (MMP), a digital healthRead More →

Source: iStock by Getty Images Copyright: vgajic URL: License: Licensed by the Authors   San Francisco – March 3, 2021 – Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world, impacting over 422 million people. In the United States alone, more than 120 million Americans are living with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and prediabetes.   New research published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows that continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) could modernize T2D clinical trials by using remote data collection. The study—“Medical Food Assessment Using a Smartphone App With Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensors: Proof-of-Concept Study”—was conducted by scientists at PendulumRead More →

Source: IPU Berlin / Fabian Eggert Copyright: IPU Berlin / Fabian Eggert URL: 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: 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: License: Licensed by JMIR For more information, contact: 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 →