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 →

Source: Pexels Copyright: fotografierende Source URL: 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: 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 →