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 →

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 →

Source: freepik Madison, WI – February 12, 2020 – Quality over quantity What teens find important on social media is a better measure of how they interact with technology than how many minutes they spend using social media, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Researchers at SMPH have designed a scale, The Adolescents’ Digital Technology Interactions and Importance (ADTI), that measures the importance of social media interactions. This novel approach proposes a brand-new way to design future studies of adolescent health and social media. The study, led by Dr. Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics atRead More →

Source: Johanna Nurmi / Placeit Counseling techniques can be built into health apps to help users get more physically active, say researchers after initial tests on a prototype called the Precious app. The tests were carried out by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Helsinki. 30th January 2020 – By drawing from behavioral science, the Precious app aims to support the basic psychological needs necessary for human motivation. Having the chance to choose meaningful goals and activities, setting achievable goals, and receiving empathetic support can help individuals internalize motivation. Developed by a cross-European research team, including social psychologists, computer scientists, andRead More →

SAN FRANCISCO & ZURICH – May 20, 2019 – Ava Science Inc, a women’s health care company that focuses on innovative digital technologies, announced today unprecedented insights from a newly published clinical study with their Ava Fertility Tracker. The trial demonstrates that Ava detects significant, phase-based shifts in multiple physiological parameters throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle to pinpoint her fertile window. Ava’s wearable device is the only product available that collects data on changes in multiple signals across the menstrual cycle, analyses them with a novel, deep machine learning algorithm, and informs users daily if they are fertile. As presented in the peer-reviewed paper, WearableRead More →