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By Dave Muoio 02:36 pm October 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger. Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
By Laura Lovett 01:25 pm August 29, 2019
When it comes to vaccines the internet is full of sources. But not all of those are reliable, and it can be difficult for the layperson to know which sources are backed by science. In an effort to curtail the spread of misinformation, Pinterest users looking for sources on vaccines will now be presented with articles from “authoritative” public health organizations.   Available in a number of...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pm July 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...
By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm 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 09:20 am 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 03:22 pm 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 02:33 pm 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 04:55 am 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 07:43 am 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 10:12 am 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”,...