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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...