Laura Lovett

By Laura Lovett 04:01 pmDecember 14, 2017
Eating disorders are traditionally tough to treat. At least 30 million people in the US have some type of eating disorder, but even with treatment only about 60 percent of patients recover from these disorders.  Researchers at the University of Kansas are currently developing a smartphone app for clinical use to help this unmet issue, and recently landed a $50,000 award from the National Eating...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pmDecember 14, 2017
New York City-based Doctor.com, a company that helps physicians manage their online presence and book appointments, has just announced its merger with Connect Healthcare, a company which specializes in physician directories and data management, under the Doctor.com brand for an undisclosed sum.  “Merging with them and bringing them into the Doctor.com family, so to speak, allows us to layer on...
By Laura Lovett 03:59 pmDecember 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are currently developing a “virtual child”  for professionals and students working with kids living with autism spectrum disorder. The learning tool will allow these caregivers an opportunity to practice behavioral interventions outside of a real-world situation.  “The biggest challenge educators face — especially those who train employees in...
By Laura Lovett 01:01 pmDecember 13, 2017
With mounting pressure in emergency rooms, doctors need to be able to make a quick, accurate triage of patients’ needs. But that doesn’t always happen. In non-acute trauma centers, 30 percent of severely injured patients are not transferred as recommended by clinical practice guidelines.  A new video game aims to tackle this problem by helping emergency room doctors figure out the level of care...
By Laura Lovett 05:08 amDecember 13, 2017
Digital therapy platform AmalgamRX has just announced the upcoming launch of its new app, Beyond, which aims to help patients living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis providing them resources to manage stress. For the 3 million patients living with psoriasis, stress can be a trigger for symptoms. Stress can increase inflammation and make symptoms worsen or cause new flare-ups for patients...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pmDecember 12, 2017
Today Ascensia Diabetes Care UK launched the latest version of its Contour Diabetes app, a tool that helps people self-manage their diabetes, in the UK and Ireland. The app is designed to connect to the company’s Contour One Next blood glucose meter.  “This latest upgrade to the Contour Diabetes app provides patients with a smarter tool that can help to make the self-management of their diabetes...
By Laura Lovett 01:36 pmDecember 12, 2017
For many women their monthly period can mean a few days of debilitating cramps or at least some discomfort. But last month a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that app-based self acupressure could be an effective way to help with menstrual pain compared to usual care.  By the end of the study women who were instructed to use the acupressure reported...
By Laura Lovett 04:24 pmDecember 11, 2017
Saudi Arabia-based internet health application technology company Sihatech just announced that it has landed $1.33 million (5 million Saudi Arabia Riyals) in its latest funding round. The funding was led by Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures, with Waseel Application Service Provider also participating.  “It is one of the first portals in the region that markets the full patient journey from...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pmDecember 11, 2017
Emojis may mostly be used as playful add-ons to text messages, but they could be key to helping providers track patients' overall wellbeing.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that using emojis instead of the traditional emotional scales helped asses patients’ physical emotional and overall quality of life. The abstract, which was presented at the American Society of Hematology, also found...
By Laura Lovett 04:31 pmDecember 8, 2017
A new reuseable glucose-monitoring smartphone case developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could make it easier for diabetics to test blood glucose without using a traditional kit, according to an article published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.  "Integrating blood glucose sensing into a smartphone would eliminate the need for patients to carry a separate device,"...