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By Dave Muoio May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...
By Victoria Betton May 13, 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13 until 19 May and the theme this year is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies, based on research undertaken by the foundation. The MHF research shows that just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers worry about their body image as a result of social media. Another piece of...
By Laura Lovett May 2, 2019
Facebook Groups were a hot topic at the social media company’s Facebook F8 conference earlier this week, and health was one of the main focuses. The social media platform announced that it has created a “Health Support” tool that will help users find groups to fit their health concerns and needs.  “Different communities have different needs. From communities that are built around specific...
By Dave Muoio March 8, 2019
Facebook has detailed its new strategy to curb the spread of vaccine misinformation on both its primary social media platform as well as Instagram. Broadly, these include efforts to reduce the prominence of (but not outright ban) certain flagged groups, pages and search results, as well as the adoption of a firm stance against advertising content including false statements about vaccination. “...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 6, 2019
When research published in EPJ Data Science journal found that machine learning could help detect signs of depression by examining Instagram posts of study participants, it made international news. Questions surrounding health, privacy and ethics started popping up around the world. In Europe, futurist, author, researcher and founding CEO of Healthskouts Koen Kas has continuously tackled these...

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock; Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu February 5, 2019
Instagram head Adam Mosseri will meet UK health and social care secretary Matt Hancock this week amid increasing concerns over children and young people's exposure to content glorifying suicide and self-harm on social media platforms, according to the BBC. Hancock warned social media firms last month that "more action is urgently needed" after the family of a teenager that took her own life...
By Leontina Postelnicu October 1, 2018
[Birmingham, UK] UK Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has asked Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, to draw up the first formal guidance limiting the amount of time young people spend on social media platforms.  Hancock told the Observer ahead of the annual Conservative party conference in Birmingham he hoped the advice would set a “norm in society”,...
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By Laura Lovett September 17, 2018
Technology has the ability to connect and foster remote relationships, but it can also lead to feelings of isolation, according to a panel at the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara California on Sunday. “Technology is just a tool and it is how we use that tool that matters,” Sara Krüg, CEO of Cancer101, said while moderating the panel.  Tools like Facebook groups can lead to a supportive...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2018
Following in the footsteps of its parent company, Instagram is looking reduce its potential role in the ongoing opioid epidemic. Whenever a user searches a drug or substance-related term on the platform, they will now be served a popup that includes a link to addiction and drug misuse resources. Should users click through the popup alert, Instagram redirects to a webpage asking users whether they...
By Laura Lovett August 21, 2018
As social media becomes more ingrained in everyday life it has also become increasingly a part of the digital health space. Even governments have taken notice of the potential of the platforms, creating partnerships and initiatives centered around social media aiming to keep its populations healthy. For example, in January the Canadian government announced an initiative to use artificial...