depression

By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Smartphone apps designed for those with depression can significantly reduce users’ symptoms, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. While the findings are limited to those with mild-to-moderate depression, the apps’ consistent effect across age and gender suggest that the benefits are wide reaching. "The majority of people in developed countries own smartphones, including...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2017
San Francisco-based Joyable announced this week that its CBT-based digital program for depression treatment, previously available only to its employer and health plan customers, will now be offered direct to consumer along with the company's social anxiety program. It's an interesting move, especially in light of the company's comments in January when it laid off 20 people and adjusted its focus...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2017
While Google the company -- now known as Alphabet -- has spun its health operations into several growing subsidiaries, Google the search engine continues to be one of the major ways people seek to learn about their health. To its credit, Google has displayed an awareness of the "ask Dr. Google" phenomenon and over the years has steadily improved what people see when they make health-related...
By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2017
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a healthcare organization that is part of Sutter Health in California, has tapped Meru Health, which has offices in Finland and Palo Alto, to provide a digital program to combat burnout and depression among physicians. “Research shows depression and burnout are actually a lot the same,” Kristian Ranta, CEO and founder of Meru Health, told MobiHealthNews. “...
By Jeff Lagasse August 2, 2017
Personal genetics company 23andMe will be teaming up with the Milken Institute, a think tank, and pharmaceutical company Lundbeck to drive enrollment for a genetic study designed to grasp the underlying biology of major depressive and bipolar disorders.   The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to assess how genes influence brain processes -- such as...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company Pfizer has launched a new consumer-facing app aimed at helping to motivate adults with depression. The app, called Moodivator, will be available for free on the iOS app store.  “As awareness of the magnitude and severity of depression continues to mount, technology like the Moodivator app represents a new and exciting frontier for helping people with depression," Dr...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2016
Boston-based Sonde Health, a recent spin-out of PureTech Health, has licensed a health-focused voice scanning technology from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories.  The technology, developed by Thomas Quatieri, detects a range of mental health conditions from biomarkers in a person’s voice. In pilot studies, it has shown promise in measuring symptoms of depression, mild traumatic brain injury, concussion,...
By Jonah Comstock February 16, 2016
A cognitive behavioral therapy-based mobile app can be effective in treating depression symptoms, but is more effective in combination with an employee assistance program, according to a new study by Orcas of their MoodHacker app. "To date, very few randomized clinical trials of mobile apps targeting depression and emotional well-being have been published in the peer-reviewed literature," Michael...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2015
Mobile therapy startup Talkspace is partnering with two universities to validate its text- and video-based mental health services. Talkspace has launched a 500-person study of anxiety, stress, and depression at Columbia University and is in talks to launch a study with Duke of post-traumatic stress disorder. "We’re looking at the efficiency and the efficacy of our modality, which is primarily...
By Jonah Comstock September 24, 2015
Iodine, the crowdsourced drug review startup that launched last year, is continuing to focus on antidepressants. Three weeks ago, the company launched an iOS app called Start to help users document their experience with antidepressants, and today the company announced a partnership with Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit that supports women with postpartum depression. "Start is our mobile health...