March 19, 2014
After just 25 minutes of playing a game, which is based on a cognitive treatment for anxiety called attention-bias modification training (ABMT), researchers found a reduction of anxiety levels in stressed people, according to a study of 75 adults published in Clinical Psychological Science.
In the game, which researchers have not given a name to, users try to avoid "threatening stimulus" such as...
January 29, 2014
Birmingham, Alabama-based NutriPilot, which launched in October, is expanding to offer its product to nurses and their patients and may soon enter the employee wellness space.
NutriPilot's app and website were developed by registered nutritionist Melanie Rubery as a resource for people who are interested in accessing nutritional information about food beyond calorie counts. Users can track...
October 28, 2013
Samsung and Cigna have announced a multi-year partnership to develop health and wellness related features on Samsung's S Health app, which comes with Samsung Galaxy SIII and S4.
S Health already offers users manual-entry tracking features for food, sleep, and blood glucose and integration from third party devices. With the launch of Galaxy S4, all these features were enhanced because of the...
August 26, 2013
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a health app last week for residents to use while cooking. The city reports 60 percent of adults and 40 percent of children are obese or overweight.
“Many people want to count calories as a way to avoid gaining weight, but they have no way of knowing how many calories are in restaurant food or even food they prepare themselves,”...
July 19, 2013
While most digital health tools are geared towards adults, MobiHealthNews has pointed out in the past that providing kids with similar devices might help them form better health habits. A lot of these devices are new additions to a child's daily schedule, but one company is putting a new take on an old classic.
Today, Croatia-based iDerma launched Teddy the Guardian, a handmade organic teddy bear...
July 3, 2013
Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre...
June 21, 2013
When Miami Children's Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Edward Martinez returned from a trip to a local history museum, he brought back an idea for an app -- a GPS system to help patients get around the hospital. He liked the way a similar app worked at the museum and decided to test it at the healthcare facility.
As MobiHealthNews reported earlier this month,...
June 19, 2013
A large percentage of Americans want access to health services from their smartphone, but more want it through their laptop or desktop, according to a recently published survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay. This survey included responses from 2,050 adults who answered the questions online.
The survey asked how interested the respondents were in communicating with healthcare...
June 17, 2013
App data services company Flurry released statistics based on results from 15,000 iOS users in the US about how Millennials, defined as young adults aged 25 to 34 years old, and all age groups use smartphones. The data came from apps with Flurry's data-collecting software installed. All categories surveyed, including Sports, Health and Fitness, rose steadily during the day and peaked in the...
June 25, 2009
Aetna's Head of Digital Engagement Strategy and Innovation Robert Heyl gave attendees at this week's Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle a sneak peak at the company's mobile plans as well as an update on how well Aetna's customers have been engaged with its health information portal SmartSource.
Heyl said SmartSource aims to bring resources together that enable Aetna members to go to one...