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App Helps Patients with Depression, Psychiatrists Manage Mood, Activity Levels

Approximately 16 million American adults are affected by depression. However, many patients see a psychiatrist only once every two to three months. Recognizing that patients often forget how their moods vary between visits, a team from the University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology and the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation has developed a smartphone application that lets users log their moods and symptoms and share that data with their psychiatrists.

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UF/IFAS Apps Give Irrigation, Growing Tips and More

Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well.

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DHS S&T Applies Mobile App Archiving Technology to Copyright Infringement

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that their mobile apps archiving technology has expanded the capability to track copyright infringement in mobile apps.

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Many Mobile Health Apps Neglect Needs of Blind Users

University of Washington researchers who conducted the first academic review of nine mhealth iPhone apps on the market in March 2014 found none met all the criteria that would make them accessible to blind customers. Accessibility shortcomings ranged from improperly labeled buttons to layouts that confuse built-in screen readers that assist low-vision smartphone users.

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How Do Toddlers Use Tablets?

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University of Iowa researchers studied more than 200 YouTube videos and published their findings in the proceedings of the CHI 2015 conference.

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Need to Know What to Spray on Citrus Trees to Keep Bugs at Bay? There’s an App for That!

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UF/IFAS creates phone app to help citrus farmers determine the best pesticide to use in the fight against citrus greening.

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UW-Milwaukee Creates Free App to Help Parents Encourage Reading

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UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery and the Waukesha (Wisconsin) County Public Libraries have developed a free app called “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” that families can use to track the books they’re reading to their preschoolers.

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Roswell Park Scientists Develop Mobile Application Software for Colon Cancer Survivors

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) researchers have developed an accurate, individualized post-operative survival calculator and integrated the technology into a mobile application compatible with smartphone technology for oncologists and patients diagnosed with colon cancer. Information about the calculator will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 51st Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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University, Domestic Violence Agency Partner on an App

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the city’s Sojourner Family Peace Center have partnered to develop an app that discreetly and quickly gives those affected by domestic abuse an emergency connection to the help they need.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Shares Patient Imaging Records Through Novel App

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Parents of patients treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can download a free app called ImageInbox on their smartphones, which allows them to receive imaging files or to request the files be sent directly to another caregiver. CHLA is the first clinical site to offer the app, which is now available for free to any patient.

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Asthma App Helps Control Asthma: Alerts Allergists When Sufferers Need Assistance

New study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows how an app directly connecting an allergist and an asthma sufferer can provide necessary intervention when asthma isn’t under control.

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Kansas State University UAS Experts Offer Insight on New FAA Initiatives

The Federal Aviation Administration announced two new unmanned aircraft systems initiatives on Wednesday, May 6, at the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta. Two Kansas State University Salina faculty members are attending the conference and have shared their comments on the announcement.

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Mobile Tracking Application May Help Users Meet Vitamin D Requirements

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D, by nearly 400 international units per day (IU/d) on average. Coupled with low vitamin D synthesis from the sun during fall and winter at Canadian latitudes, tracking intake of vitamin D is vital for those lacking the nutrient. In an article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, a group from the University of Guelph examined the validity of a mobile application for tracking vitamin D and calcium intake.

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Mobile App Helps Screen for Strabismus

Researchers have developed a mobile app to quickly and conveniently evaluate people for strabismus, a condition involving misalignment of the eyes. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Denver, Colo.

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UW Mapping App Turns Art Into a Sharable Walking Route

The Trace app developed at the University of Washington turns a digital sketch that you draw on your smartphone screen — heart, maple leaf, raindrop — into a walking route that you can send to a friend. The recipient of the "gift" receives step-by-step walking directions that eventually reveal the hidden shape on a map.

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New UW App Can Detect Sleep Apnea Events via Smartphone

Diagnosing sleep apnea — a disease which affects roughly 1 in 13 Americans — typically requires an overnight hospital stay and costs thousands of dollars. A new smartphone app developed at the University of Washington can wirelessly test for sleep apnea events in a person's own bedroom without needing special sensors attached to the body.

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‘My Earth’ Energy-Tracking App Encourages Sustainable Behaviors

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For a generation motivated by technology and fast-moving information, a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has created an energy-tracking app to make reducing day-to-day energy usage more accessible.

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Literacy App Improves School Readiness in At-Risk Preschoolers

Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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Trending Stories Report for 13 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: fertility, same-sex marriage, mobile apps, IL tornado, Clinton running for President, violence against women, CA water crisis, medical research

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Gonzaga Student Launches Free App to Take Ice-Bucket-Like Challenges to Next Level

The recent social media trend of challenging friends to dump buckets of ice over their heads for the ALS Association has inspired Gonzaga University senior Scott Alderson and his brother Matt, a Seattle University freshman. The brothers have developed an Apple app called 1Up Challenges to take such competitions to the next level.