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Category: Behavioral Therapies

Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

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Article Source: DoDLive

Study finds the best medication adherence medical apps

Article Excerpt: Given the sheer number of medical apps available these days, it is important to find evidence-based guidance for which apps to choose. Santo et al from the University of Sydney evaluated medication adherence apps from the Australian Google Play store and Apple iTunes store using a systematic stepwise approach based on the features described for each medical app.

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Article Source: iMedicalApps


Smartphone apps are found to reduce depression, anxiety

Article Excerpt: A suite of smartphone apps developed by Northwestern Medicine has successfully reduced depression and anxiety symptoms in study participants by 50 percent, an efficacy rate similar to that typically achieved through psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.

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Article Source: Health Data Management


What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

Article Excerpt: Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools for healthcare. However, mHealth security measures cannot be ignored, and mobile data must be considered when organizations track where PHI is stored and how it is used.

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Article Source: HealthITSecurity


These Wearables Detect Health Issues Before They Happen

Article Excerpt: The project, called MD2K, won $10.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop hardware and software that compiles and analyzes health data generated by wearable sensors. MD2K’s ultimate goal is to use these sensors and data to anticipate and prevent “adverse health events,” such as addiction relapse. Though the project is aimed at researchers and clinicians, its tools are freely available, so these innovations could turn up in consumer wearables.

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Article Source: MIT Technology Review

Insomniacs Are Helped by Online Therapy, Study Finds

Article Excerpt: The new report, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, is the most comprehensive to date suggesting that many garden-variety insomniacs could benefit from the gold standard treatment — cognitive behavior therapy — without ever having to talk to a therapist. At least one in 10 adults has diagnosable insomnia, which is defined as broken, irregular, inadequate slumber at least three nights a week for three months running or longer.

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Article Source: The New York Times