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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...
By MobiHealthNews August 6, 2018
Google Glass system assists children with autism. A pilot exploratory study recently published in Nature suggests that a novel system running on Google Glass and an Android smartphone can assist with social-affective learning for children with autism. Conducted among 14 families using the tool three times a week for an average of 72 days, the researchers report improved scores among the children...
By Laura Lovett January 3, 2018
This year the Canadian government will start using artificial intelligence to help track social media posts that could indicate someone is at risk of suicide, according to a contract.  The Canadian government recently signed a contract with Ottawa-based AI firm Advanced Symbolics to monitor social media posts for suicidal behavior.  In the first phase of the partnership, Advanced Symbolics will...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2017
Social media, and Facebook groups in particular, could be a helpful tool for increasing patient engagement and satisfaction, according to a study published in Surgery.  “In this qualitative pilot study, we have found that incorporation of [social media] into clinical practice using Facebook is not only feasible but can provide a substantial benefit to patients, with 95 percent of survey...
By Heather Mack March 1, 2017
After building up the human component of their network of suicide prevention organizations, Facebook is now bringing in the machines: The social media company announced they have updated their suicide prevention tools with artificial intelligence to identification of those at risk as well as improve the reporting process and speed up response time. On a company blog post from Vanessa Callison-...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
The power of social media for spreading information, creating community and growing business is undeniable, and it has also proven to be a valuable tool in healthcare in instances like sharing resources between research organizations, taking a pulse on consumers’ experiences with a new device, or recruiting participants for a clinical trial. But how do healthcare practitioners approach the...
By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...