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Released: 23-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Tech Time Not to Blame for Teens’ Mental Health Problems
University of California, Irvine

A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad.

Released: 22-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
UA Little Rock to research smart health in Arkansas, West Virginia with NSF grant
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is one of five institutions sharing a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a multi-scale integrative approach to digital health. This collaborative, multi-institution grant will be used to promote smart health in Arkansas and West Virginia. 

Released: 21-Aug-2019 8:50 AM EDT
Sleep-tracking apps may contribute to insomnia
UW Medicine

As students get ready to go back to school, some may think that using sleep-tracking apps will give them insight into whether they've had a good night's rest. But sleep experts say obsessing over their monitor results can keep people awake and anxious. Most of these apps have not been clinically validated and track only movement during sleep. Downloadable soundbites with Dr. Vishesh Kapur, co-medical director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center, are available for news outlets.

Released: 20-Aug-2019 12:15 PM EDT
My Rush Mobile App Now Available

As technology progresses, Rush is developing and implementing new tools to offer more options and convenience to patients. Today, the Rush University System for Health launched its new electronic health record platform, the My Rush mobile app, which is available free for use on Android and Apple mobile phones.

Released: 19-Aug-2019 3:55 PM EDT
How Ergonomic Is Your Warehouse Job? Soon, an App Might Be Able to Tell You
University of Washington

Researchers at the UW have used machine learning to develop a new system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them how ergonomic their jobs are in real time.

Released: 15-Aug-2019 12:45 PM EDT
Prize-Winning, Student-Designed App Identifies Social Conditions Contributing to Mortality
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Phase 1 prototype of “MortalityMinder” identifies social determinants – including measures of health behavior, clinical care, the physical environment, and social and economic factors – that contribute to “deaths of despair” due to suicide and substance abuse in New York state.

9-Aug-2019 7:05 AM EDT
App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster
University of California San Diego

A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal.

Released: 11-Aug-2019 7:05 PM EDT
Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers
Georgia Institute of Technology

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend systems that feed content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based servers that most users probably don’t even know exists.

Released: 31-Jul-2019 7:00 AM EDT
What compulsive dating-app users have in common
Ohio State University

Loneliness and social anxiety is a bad combination for single people who use dating apps on their phones, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who fit that profile were more likely than others to say they’ve experienced negative outcomes because of their dating app use.

Released: 12-Jul-2019 2:45 PM EDT
Blood collection is digitalized, the mobile medical lab is born!
71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

80% of the world’s population has limited access to testing laboratories. Part of that problem is being addressed by mobile blood collection services done by independent professionals. For example, in US this blood collection service is being provided by independent mobile phlebotomy organizations.

Released: 28-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Saving Lives
University of Utah Health

In the face of escalating teen suicides, Utah launched an app. No one knew just how much change it would bring.

Released: 20-Jun-2019 12:10 PM EDT
Multi-mobile (M2) Computing System Makes Android and iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices, including cameras, displays, speakers, microphones, sensors, and GPS, across multiple smartphones and tablets. Called M2, the new system operates across heterogeneous systems, including Android and iOS, combining the functionality of multiple mobile systems into a more powerful one that gives users a seamless experience across the various systems.

Released: 13-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data
University of Washington

The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. More and more consumers are using services like 23andMe to learn about their genetic blueprint.

Released: 13-Jun-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019
Pew Research Center

The share of Americans who primarily go online through a smartphone has nearly doubled in recent years, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. Today, 37% of U.S. adults say that when using the internet, they mostly do so on a smartphone. This share was just 19% in 2013 – the most recent time the Center asked this question.

Released: 13-Jun-2019 8:15 AM EDT
Study: Apple Watch Shows Promise in Detecting AFib
Western Connecticut Health Network

Study findings presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Meeting showed that Apple Watch was able to accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), or an irregular heart rhythm, 84 percent of the time. Dr. Ira Galin, a cardiologist at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, attended the Apple Watch session at the ACC annual meeting. He said although we have a long way to go in terms of reliability and accuracy, the Apple Heart Study shows that wearable devices could have a promising future in the detection and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

3-Jun-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Smartphone Relaxation App Helps Some Manage Migraine
NYU Langone Health

Migraine sufferers who used a smartphone-based relaxation technique at least twice a week experienced on average four fewer headache days per month, a new study shows.

Released: 30-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Baylor Expert Shares 11 Tips to Help You Negotiate the Best Retail Price
Baylor University

In today’s retail climate, where stores struggle to keep up with online competition and customers can compare prices with the ease of their smartphones, the price tag is just a starting point for negotiations, said a negotiation expert at Baylor University.

Released: 30-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Enjoy the View and the Experience BEFORE You Post the Selfie, Baylor Expert Says
Baylor University

In this digital age, what's more important when you're on vacation -- the experience itself or the selfie that proves you were there?