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By Laura Lovett 05:08 pm October 28, 2020
Not every patient is going to be satisfied with their trip to the doctor. But a new study published by JMIR found some especially strong feelings in a wave of tweets from 2018 with the hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads. Researchers investigated the tweets and found the hashtag was used in roughly 40,000 tweets, more than half of which were from patients sharing negative medical experiences.  “People...
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By Laura Lovett 02:17 pm October 28, 2020
It’s no secret that real-world data is becoming a hot topic in the sphere of clinical trials and healthcare. A new study published by JMIR found that patients with multiple sclerosis were able to capture their symptoms via a tracking app called elevateMS. Researchers also found that engagement was highest among those who had a doctor’s referral.  “The elevateMS study app captured the real-world...
By Laura Lovett 02:34 pm August 27, 2020
New research has emerged that a digital mental health program may help patients decrease anxiety and depression.  The study, published yesterday morning in JMIR, gave patients with moderate to severe depression the Vida Health app, which used cognitive behavioral therapy and one-on-one therapist counseling. Scientists saw the rates of anxiety and depression decrease during the program and stay...
By Mallory Hackett 02:10 pm June 17, 2020
New research out of Australia published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research indicates that individuals living during the coronavirus pandemic had significantly worse mental health outcomes than their peers measured before the pandemic. The study used an online mental health-measurement platform to compare the mental health of people before and during the pandemic. Researchers also looked...
By Laura Lovett 02:37 pm May 14, 2020
The future of physical therapy could be getting a lot more virtual. A recent study published in JMIR found that participants using Hinge Health’s digital exercise-therapy program decreased their pain by more than two-thirds.  “Hinge Health is the first digital MSK company to publish a peer-reviewed large-scale study,” Dr. Jeffrey Krauss, the chief medical officer at Hinge Health, said in a...
By Laura Lovett 02:58 pm July 25, 2019
In the US the percentage of people living with loneliness is rapidly increasing. This is particularly true when it comes to young people, about half of whom report living with loneliness.  Chronic loneliness is linked to a number of health conditions including depression and Type 2 diabetes, with the CDC reporting that it is more dangerous than obesity and as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a...
By Laura Lovett 03:35 pm June 20, 2019
Researchers in Australia found that a new app was effective in educating new and soon-to-be dads about breastfeeding, according to a study published in JMIR. Employing a combination of push notifications, gamification features and social connectivity tools, the Milk Man app aimed to engage fathers about breastfeeding. The study indicated that men given the platform were likely to download the app...
By Laura Lovett 11:58 am May 20, 2019
A recent study published in JMIR found that the Ava fertility wearable was able to use biomarkers, including skin temperature and heart rate, to help predict women’s fertility windows.  “By monitoring numerous physiological parameters simultaneously, wearable technology uniquely improves upon retrospective methods for fertility awareness and enables the first real-time predictive model of...
By Laura Lovett 03:33 pm April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
By Laura Lovett 02:23 pm April 1, 2019
In order to make impactful strides in your fitness regiment, you may need more than a consumer fitness app, according to a recent study.  In March, JMIR published a meta-analysis revealing that while fitness apps modestly increased physical activity, the average step count between app users and nonusers was nonsignificant. The researchers, who represented the University of South Australia and...