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Released: 27-May-2022 8:45 AM EDT
Factors Influencing Adherence to mHealth Apps for Prevention or Management of Noncommunicable Diseases: Systematic Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Mobile health (mHealth) apps show vast potential in supporting patients and health care systems with the increasing prevalence and economic costs of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. However, despite the availabi...

Released: 27-May-2022 8:45 AM EDT
imi, A Free, Mental Health Web App, Helps LGBTQ+ Youth Cope with Stress
HopeLab

Initial data results, detailed in a preprint manuscript, currently under peer review, to be shared by Hopelab at the 2022 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention, May 27, 2022

Released: 20-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Screening Depressive Symptoms and Incident Major Depressive Disorder Among Chinese Community Residents Using a Mobile App–Based Integrated Mental Health Care Model: Cohort Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Depression is associated with significant morbidity and human capital costs globally. Early screening for depressive symptoms and timely depressive disorder case identification and intervention may improve health outcomes...

Newswise: Study: App More Accurate Than Patient Evaluation of Stool Samples
Released: 20-May-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Study: App More Accurate Than Patient Evaluation of Stool Samples
Cedars-Sinai

An innovative mobile phone application was found to be as good as expert gastroenterologists at characterizing stool specimens, according to a study by Cedars-Sinai. The artificial intelligence (AI) used in the smartphone app also outperformed reports by patients describing their stool specimens.

Newswise: University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Released: 20-May-2022 9:00 AM EDT
University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

What if we used TikTok as a tool to further scientific research? University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Yasamin Jafarian is doing just that, using data from the app to create more realistic 3D digital avatars.

19-May-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Making the Most of Crowdsourcing Campaigns
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

In a new study, an international team of researchers explored how crowdsourcing projects can make the most effective use of volunteer contributions.

Released: 18-May-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Rutgers Professor Creates App to Secure Virtual Assistants from Hacking
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Before virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant became ubiquitous household technology, thieves needed to gain physical access into a home to inflict harm. Now all they need is their voice.

Released: 13-May-2022 2:30 PM EDT
A Gamified Personalized Normative Feedback App to Reduce Drinking Among Sexual Minority Women: Randomized Controlled Trial and Feasibility Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Sexual minority women disproportionately engage in heavy drinking and shoulder the burden of alcohol dependence. Although several intensive interventions are being developed to meet the needs of treatment-seeking sexual m...

Released: 13-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Triage Accuracy of Symptom Checker Apps: 5-Year Follow-up Evaluation
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Symptom checkers are digital tools assisting laypersons in self-assessing the urgency and potential causes of their medical complaints. They are widely used but face concerns from both patients and health care professiona...

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6-May-2022 2:35 PM EDT
Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, and Lactate
University of California San Diego

Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much to drink, and track your fatigue during a workout, all in one small device worn on your skin. UC San Diego engineers developed a prototype of such a wearable that continuously monitors several health stats at once.

Released: 3-May-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Delivering Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Insomnia, Pain, and Dysfunctional Eating Through a Text Messaging App: Three Randomized Controlled Trials Investigating the Effectiveness and Mediating Mechanisms
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Although text messaging has the potential to be the core intervention modality, it is often used as an adjunct only. To improve health and alleviate the distress related to insomnia, pain, and dysregulated eating of peopl...

Newswise: 'Eye-Catching' Smartphone App Could Make It Easy to Screen for Neurological Disease at Home
Released: 29-Apr-2022 1:45 PM EDT
'Eye-Catching' Smartphone App Could Make It Easy to Screen for Neurological Disease at Home
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego researchers developed a smartphone app that could allow people to screen for Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and other neurological diseases and disorders—by recording closeups of their eye. The app uses a smartphone's built-in near-infrared camera and selfie camera to track how a person's pupil changes in size. These pupil measurements could be used to assess a person's cognitive condition.

Newswise: Data Security: More Privacy on the Smartphone
Released: 25-Apr-2022 3:05 AM EDT
Data Security: More Privacy on the Smartphone
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2022_027_Datensicherheit_Mehr Privatsphaere auf dem Smartphone_1_72dpiSECUSO, KIT Weather forecasts or games also work when the principle of data minimization is observed, an example being PFAs. (Photo: SECUSO, KIT) Privacy on the smartphone is possible, as is shown by the Privacy Friendly Apps (PFAs) for Android: Together with students, the SECUSO research group of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed more than 30 apps for Android phones. They request authorizations required for functioning only and do not contain any tracking mechanisms. For these PFAs, SECUSO has now been granted the first Digital Autonomy Award by the Digital Autonomy Hub that is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Released: 21-Apr-2022 5:45 PM EDT
Symptom data help predict COVID-19 admissions
Uppsala University

Researchers at Lund University and Uppsala University are conducting one of the largest citizen science projects in Sweden to date.

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Released: 12-Apr-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Hear Spring in a Whole New Way
Cornell University

You can instantly identify birds by sound with the free Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its AI-powered sound identification feature recognizes the voices of 458 species in the United States and Canada.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:15 PM EDT
Association Between Mobile App Use and Caregivers’ Support System, Time Spent on Caregiving, and Perceived Well-being: Survey Study From a Large Employer
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Mobile technology to address caregiver needs has been on the rise. There is limited evidence of effectiveness of such technologies on caregiver experiences. Objective: This study evaluates the effectivene...

Released: 8-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Human Support in App-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Emotional Disorders: Scoping Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Smartphone app–based therapies offer clear promise for reducing the gap in available mental health care for people at risk for or people with mental illness. To this end, as smartphone ownership has become widespread, a...

Newswise: A new study finds that a smoking cessation app can reach a diverse group of users
Released: 7-Apr-2022 4:00 AM EDT
A new study finds that a smoking cessation app can reach a diverse group of users
JMIR Publications

“This study shows that through 2Morrow’s digital cessation program, we can provide better health outcomes for those at a greater risk,” says Heidi Glesmann, MPH, Commercial Tobacco Prevention Manager at DOH. “By offering multiple modalities for cessation support we are able to reach more Washingtonians, especially those disproportionately impacted by tobacco use. We are excited to continue this work with 2Morrow.”

Newswise: Penn State Develops New App That Shows How Cannabinoids Could Interact with Other Medications
Released: 5-Apr-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Penn State Develops New App That Shows How Cannabinoids Could Interact with Other Medications
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State researchers have developed a new web-based application that could help pharmacists and other health care providers reduce unintended interactions between medical and recreational marijuana products and other medications.

Released: 31-Mar-2022 3:00 PM EDT
Effect of a Lifestyle-Focused Web-Based Application on Risk Factor Management in Patients Who Have Had a Myocardial Infarction: Randomized Controlled Trial
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Cardiac rehabilitation is central in reducing mortality and morbidity after myocardial infarction. However, the fulfillment of guideline-recommended cardiac rehabilitation targets is unsatisfactory. eHealth offers new pos...

Newswise: Use of a Smartphone App Versus Motivational Interviewing to Increase Walking Distance and Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease
Released: 24-Mar-2022 4:10 PM EDT
Use of a Smartphone App Versus Motivational Interviewing to Increase Walking Distance and Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease
JMIR Publications

The researchers, who hope to continue developing the app, were undaunted by its lackluster performance. “That just means we need to work more on the app and try to improve it,” Collins says. “We’re working on another app that will be more sophisticated and will be compatible with Android and Mac iOS.”

Released: 23-Mar-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Digital Assessment Tools Using Animation Features to Quantify Alcohol Consumption: Systematic App Store and Literature Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Accurate and user-friendly assessment tools for quantifying alcohol consumption are a prerequisite for effective interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm. Digital assessment tools (DATs) that allow the description of ...

Released: 23-Mar-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Review of Mobile Apps for Women With Anxiety in Pregnancy: Maternity Care Professionals’ Guide to Locating and Assessing Anxiety Apps
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Mental health and pregnancy apps are widely available and have the potential to improve health outcomes and enhance women’s experience of pregnancy. Women frequently access digital information throughout their pregnancy...

Released: 23-Mar-2022 2:15 PM EDT
Process and Outcome Evaluations of Smartphone Apps for Bipolar Disorder: Scoping Review
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: Mental health apps (MHAs) provide opportunities for accessible, immediate, and innovative approaches to better understand and support the treatment of mental health disorders, especially those with a high burden, such as ...

Released: 21-Mar-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Clinical Outcomes Among Working Adults Using the Health Integrator Smartphone App: Analyses of Prespecified Secondary Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial
Journal of Medical Internet Research

There is a need to find new methods that can enhance the individuals’ engagement in self-care and increase compliance to a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and improved quality of life. M...

Newswise: Clinical study finds that offering digital health platform Cardihab increases participation in cardiac rehabilitation
Released: 21-Mar-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Clinical study finds that offering digital health platform Cardihab increases participation in cardiac rehabilitation
JMIR Publications

“Cardihab provides an important option to help overcome barriers to participation in conventional in-person cardiac rehabilitation programs. Patients do not have to travel long distances to attend a program – they complete it from home while under clinical supervision. Cardihab also helps fit in with peoples’ busy work schedules and family commitments, and alleviates cost and time constraints associated with traditional programs. It has been a critical alternative particularly during COVID-19 whereby significant disruptions to traditional programs have been experienced Australia wide, and social distancing requirements presented further barriers to participation.” [Ms Souris]

Released: 18-Mar-2022 4:05 AM EDT
Use your cellphone to improve weather forecasts
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Ahead of World Meteorological Day, you can help improve weather forecasting models with CAMALIOT, an infrastructure and app that uses GPS from smartphones to support scientific research.

Newswise: Study: Digital Programs for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management Effectively Engage Older Adults
Released: 17-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Study: Digital Programs for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management Effectively Engage Older Adults
JMIR Publications

Wellinks®, a digital health care company offering the first-ever integrated, virtual Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management solution, today announced results from a study that found that older adults with COPD were highly engaged and satisfied with Wellinks.

Released: 10-Mar-2022 2:25 PM EST
Mobile apps for suicide prevention: What's the evidence?
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Mobile applications could provide "an uninterrupted tool for crisis response" for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors – although more research is needed to establish their effectiveness – concludes a review in the March/April issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: Self-Administered Screening Can Provide Benefits
for Patients and Providers
4-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST
Self-Administered Screening Can Provide Benefits for Patients and Providers
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Have you ever felt uncomfortable when asked about depression or any other sensitive personal issue when checking in for a medical visit?

Released: 21-Feb-2022 5:05 PM EST
Innovative chatbot provides safe space for young people to learn about sexual and reproductive health
University at Buffalo

An innovative chatbot designed for sharing critical information about sexual and reproductive health with young people in India is demonstrating how artificial intelligence applications can engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach population segments.

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16-Feb-2022 4:00 PM EST
Exposing Your identity Simply by Your Daily App Use
Association for Psychological Science

The amount of time you spend each day using different smartphone apps may be enough to reveal your identity, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science.

Newswise: Smartphone app can vibrate a single drop of blood to determine how well it clots
8-Feb-2022 8:05 PM EST
Smartphone app can vibrate a single drop of blood to determine how well it clots
University of Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new blood-clotting test that uses only a single drop of blood and a smartphone vibration motor and camera.

Newswise: Health Apps Could Help Older Adults with Anything From Sleep to Diabetes, but Most Don’t Use Them
7-Feb-2022 11:45 AM EST
Health Apps Could Help Older Adults with Anything From Sleep to Diabetes, but Most Don’t Use Them
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Mobile apps make it possible to track everything from exercise and calories to blood pressure and blood sugar, and use the information to stay on target with health goals or managing a chronic condition. But a new poll shows that most people over age 50 aren’t using such apps – and that those who might get the most help out of them are less likely to actually use them.

Newswise: “DAYWORK” Application for Finding Part-Time Jobs Received Best Innovation 7 Awards (Society)
Released: 12-Jan-2022 8:55 AM EST
“DAYWORK” Application for Finding Part-Time Jobs Received Best Innovation 7 Awards (Society)
Chulalongkorn University

Let the “DAYWORK”, a part-time job recruiting application help prepare you for the real world of work. The App is designed to not only help students easily find a part-time job, but also create their professional profile, including work experience and employer feedback.

Newswise: Apps show promise to help heavy drinkers age 21-25 cut back
Released: 16-Dec-2021 10:05 AM EST
Apps show promise to help heavy drinkers age 21-25 cut back
University of Florida

Smartphone apps to track blood alcohol abound, but until now had little evidence to show they help manage drinking in young adults. A new University of Florida study shows that heavy drinkers age 21-25 who weren’t trying to cut back on alcohol reduced their drinking by four and a half drinks per week while using the apps — nearly one drink less on each day they imbibed.

Released: 3-Dec-2021 2:20 PM EST
Hackensack Meridian Health Partners with CLEAR to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, today announced a partnership with CLEAR (NYSE: YOU), the secure identity company, to empower patients with a digital proof of their COVID-19 vaccination records. Patients vaccinated at Hackensack Meridian Health can now use the free CLEAR app and digital vaccine card feature - replacing their fragile paper card with a verified digital version that can be used anywhere and anytime needed.

Newswise: Serious mental illness? There’s an app for that
Released: 16-Nov-2021 8:35 AM EST
Serious mental illness? There’s an app for that
University of Washington School of Medicine

Researchers created a smartphone app with daily game-like exercises to help people with a serious mental illness (bipolar, schizophrenia, major depression) reassess their beliefs. The app was tested among 315 people in 45 states recruited through online ads on Google and Facebook in 2020.

Released: 10-Nov-2021 8:05 AM EST
Apps On Your Phone Can Improve Caregiver Mental Health
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Those who care for older adults suffering with memory loss and other cognitive impairments can significantly reduce their depression, stress, and anxiety by focusing on what is going on at the moment and engaging in mindfulness therapy, according to new Rutgers research.

Newswise: NUS researchers develop world’s first smart bandage that detects multiple biomarkers for onsite chronic wound monitoring
Released: 21-Oct-2021 8:50 AM EDT
NUS researchers develop world’s first smart bandage that detects multiple biomarkers for onsite chronic wound monitoring
National University of Singapore

A research team led by the National University of Singapore has developed a smart wearable sensor that can conduct real-time, point-of-care assessment of chronic wounds wirelessly via an app. A world’s first, the novel sensor technology can detect temperature, pH, bacteria type and inflammatory factors specific to chronic wounds within 15 minutes, hence enabling fast and accurate wound assessment.

Released: 19-Oct-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Illness-and death-related messages found to be significant motivators for exercise
University of Waterloo

Fitness apps that emphasize illness- or death-related messaging are more likely to be effective in motivating participation than are social stigma, obesity, or financial cost messaging, according to a recent study.

Newswise: A mobile app could save lives in India
Released: 14-Oct-2021 8:35 AM EDT
A mobile app could save lives in India
University of Portsmouth

A mobile app could help turn the tide of a rise in breast cancer in women as young as 30 in India, according to new research.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Rutgers Medical Student Creates App to Help Trans Patients Find Gender-Affirming Healthcare Providers
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

In the quest to advance a more inclusive healthcare system and fostering innovation among its students, Rutgers is supporting the creation of an app called TranZap to serve as a health care resource guide for trans individuals to help them connect with gender-affirming healthcare providers and to equip them to make better and informed decisions about who they see for their medical needs.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Smartphone Sensor Data Has Potential to Detect Cannabis Intoxication
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

New report published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence demonstrates how phone sensor data, such as GPS, can be used to detect cannabis intoxication in young adults.

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Released: 21-Sep-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Study Shows Use of Smartphone App Associated with Lower Hospital Readmission Rates for Heart Attack Survivors
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Data collected from a group of 200 heart attack survivors using a smartphone app designed to navigate the recovery process, such as medication management and lifestyle changes, showed that app users experienced hospital readmission within the first 30 days of discharge at half the rate of a comparable group given standard aftercare without the app.

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Released: 20-Sep-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Augmented reality helps tackle fear of spiders
University of Basel

Researchers from the University of Basel have developed an augmented reality app for smartphones in order to help people reduce their fear of spiders.


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