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Discovery of Health Apps Among Those With Mental Health Needs

A study published in Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) by Stephen M Schueller, PhD and colleagues from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, recruited participants from Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies’ research registry of individuals with mental health needs. Participants (n=811) completed a survey asking about their use and interest in health and mental [...]

Barriers to eHealth in Psychiatry

Unlike other areas of medicine, technological solutions for mental health are not necessarily sought by consumers nor recommended by clinicians. A study of multidisciplinary professionals was conducted to identify and discuss the barriers to introducing eHealth technology-supported interventions within mental health. Ten issues were identified that need to be addressed to improve mental health (using technology). They are [...]

Text Messaging & Brain Waves

New research published in Epilepsy and Behavior shows that sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves.  People communicate increasingly via text messaging, though little is known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. A neurologist and director of the epilepsy monitoring unit and epilepsy center at the Mayo Clinic in [...]

IBM Watson Can Help You Improve Your Writing

IBM’s Watson Tone Analyzer is a new service that can analyze text for the attitude and tone that underlie it. The tool could help anyone refine an email, marketing message, presentation or blog post before releasing it into the world said Rama Akkiraju, a distinguished engineer and master inventor for IBM Watson User Technologies. The goal [...]

Teens May Seek Health Information Online, Don’t Always Trust It

  A study by Northwestern University Center on Media and Human Development of 1,156 adolescents (13-18) studied how teenagers learned about health. It is often assumed that adolescents are easily reached via social media, the researchers found that these efforts do not necessarily true and that often teenagers want to be more private and don’t want [...]

Putting Education Back In Educational Apps

Numerous apps are developed and available for children and many of them are marketed as “educational.” The question is…how do we know which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research from scientific [...]

Are computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans?

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National of Sciences (PNAS), computer predictions based on a generic digital footprint (Facebook Likes) are more accurate (r = 0.56) than those made by the participants’ Facebook friends using a personality questionnaire (r = 0.49); (ii) computer models show higher interjudge agreement; and (iii) computer [...]

Smartphone Apps to Manage Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Smartphone apps are being developed to address mental health issues such as support, reminders, monitoring of mood changes and even stress levels. Tools under development from startups, academic institutions, and research clinics aim to help people manage everything from severe depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A recent article in Wired magazine points out that “through the discreet [...]

Nearly Half of Consumers Desperately Need Their Smartphones

A survey by Bank of America states that 47 percent of U.S. consumers admit they wouldn’t last a day without their smartphone. Additionally, of those surveyed who use their phone for mobile banking, 31 percent said they log on at least once a day, while 82 percent access their accounts at least once a week [...]

Is it time to update physician’s social media guidelines?

According to an article in this month’s JAMA, organized medicine should change the medical profession guidelines on social media use that calls on doctors to separate their personal and professional online personas. The article suggests that “instead of focusing on professional and personal boundaries, physicians should zero in on the boundary between what is appropriate [...]