Laura Lovett

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,"...
By Laura Lovett 12:28 pmDecember 8, 2017
A study of a new web-based tool called Learning Moment, which helps medical students track their learning experiences while on rotation, revealed that the most student learning happens in patients’ rooms.  The tool was developed by clinicians at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and BU School of Medicine to help students reflect on their experiences and share their learning with peers.  "We hope that...
By Laura Lovett 04:20 pmDecember 7, 2017
Insurance provider Humana has recently launched a new tool called RXMentor, which is designed to help patients manage their medications. The tool will let patients keep an up-to-date list of prescription medications, supplements, and over-the-counter items in one place. It will also give clinicians insight into what drugs their patients are taking.  “It goes into a central depository so it is...
By Laura Lovett 01:28 pmDecember 7, 2017
Using Fitbits to track patients’ activity after cancer surgery could be key to predicting readmission rates, according to new study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Researchers found that patients who were more active during inpatient recovery had a lower risk of 30-day and 60-day readmission after surgery for metastatic peritoneal cancer.  “These associations persisted after...
By Laura Lovett 04:15 pmDecember 6, 2017
Potentia Lab, a behavior changing technology platform, today announced that it has won a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovation to develop its e-learning platform for veterans living with PTSD. The company's approach to treating PTSD uses positive psychology.  Dustin Milner, cofounder of Potentia, told MobiHealthNews the PTSD treatment at the VA is "wonderful"...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pmDecember 6, 2017
Using wearable sensors, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new method for tracking how nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU) spend their shifts.  The method uses a Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) system, where nurses wear nonintrusive sensors during their shift. Routers placed around the unit track the devices worn by the nurses so researchers can see what...
By Laura Lovett 05:06 pmDecember 5, 2017
Diabetes management company Health2Sync is looking to expand its operation into Japan after raising $6 million in Series B investments led by Sompo Holdings, one of Japan’s largest insurance companies.  “Japan is one of the world’s largest markets in diabetes-related spending and it is crucial to have a local partner as it can also be viewed as a difficult market to penetrate,” Ed Deng, cofounder...