JMIR

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...
By Laura Lovett 12:14 pm December 19, 2018
A pair of washable and reuseable socks with a special sensor could be key to continuously monitoring foot temperature in patients with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study in JMIR sponsored by Siren, maker of the socks. Researchers found that the socks were able to report temperature within 0.2 degrees Celcius of the reference standard, and that patients found the technology useable.  “The...
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pm February 19, 2018
A socially assistive robot could be key to helping people with COPD manage their condition at home. A recent study published in JMIR, found that COPD patients that had a take-home a robot following a hospitalization were more likely to adhere to their medications and complete their rehabilitation excercises than their peers that did not have a robot.  In fact, the intervention group had a 48.5...
By Jeff Lagasse 04:02 pm July 26, 2017
San Francisco-based digital health coaching startup Vida Health has demonstrated in the past that it’s effective at helping people lose weight, but The Journal of Internet Medicine recently published a study from the University of California San Francisco that quantifies this efficacy. Almost 29 percent of participants lost an average of 9.5 percent of their body weight; 86 percent of those with...
By Jonah Comstock 02:55 pm March 31, 2016
A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State University, and the National Cancer Institute argue that, based on projections from NCI survey data, 75 percent of US adults will use personal health records (PHRs) by 2020, even without additional interventions. In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, academics extrapolated from the Health Information National...
By Jonah Comstock 01:27 pm February 9, 2016
Wellness company Healthways, through its subsidiary MeYou Health, has completed a randomized control trial demonstrating that their own employees using their Walkadoo platform -- consisting of adaptable, tailored reminders -- and Fitlinxx Pebble activity trackers walked an average of 970 steps per day more than a control group with just the trackers.  Johns Hopkins physicians were also on the...