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Category: Behavioral Therapies

The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage

Article Excerpt: Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to manage the costs of drug development has led to more frequent collaborations with research institutions, particularly in the behavioral health space. It’s not surprising since mental health can influence medication adherence, which can undermine a drug’s effectiveness, but that’s not the only factor at play. There’s also the great hunt for biomarkers and other clues that cognitive assessments can provide in piecing together data that can lead to earlier interventions from depression to schizophrenia.

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Article Source: MedCity News


Pain relief most reported reason for misuse of opioid pain relievers

Article Excerpt: More than one third of adults nationwide reported prescription opioid use in 2015, with substantial numbers reporting misuse and use disorders, according to a report compiled to estimate the prevalence of, and explore the motivations for, opioid use and misuse. The data showed that pain relief was most commonly cited as the reason for the misuse of opioids and that close to half of those who misused obtained them free from a family member or friend.

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Article Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


IBM and University of Alberta built AI capable of schizophrenia diagnosis

Article Excerpt: IBM and the University of Alberta have worked together on an AI that can help doctors diagnose the onset of schizophrenia and the severity of the symptoms. The AI does this by analyzing functional MRI (fMRI) scans and looking at blood flow within the brain

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Article Source: Hardware Zone


Tech-Wise: A “Wearable” That Measures Alcohol Intake

Article Excerpt: These days, you can track and measure things related to your health with a wearable device—from the number of steps you take to how well you sleep. So why not a device to measure how much alcohol you drink?

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Article Source: NIDA for Teens


Study: More than half of opioid prescriptions written for adults with mental illness

Article Excerpt: Fifty-one percent of opioid medications prescribed in the United States are given to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

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Article Source: Click on Detroit


Health Tech Podcast: Psychologists become app developers to help people kick addictions

Article Excerpt: App developers know how to take advantage of how our brains work, borrowing tricks from psychology to keep us coming back to our smartphones throughout the day. And as we find out on this episode of GeekWire’s Health Tech podcast, that relationship is a two-way street.

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Article Source: GeekWire

Duke to study two mobile apps in 8,000-patient quality improvement trial

Article Excerpt: The Duke Clinical Research Institute, funded by a grant from Novartis, is launching a large-scale study to explore the effectiveness of mobile apps in the treatment of heart failure patients. The study, called Connect HF, is aiming to enroll 8,000 patients across 160 hospitals by the end of fall 2018, with results hoped for by the end of 2020.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


Survey: 70 percent of caregivers say tech plays no role or a minor role in their work

Article Excerpt: A new survey of 700 non-professional family caregivers finds that just 30 percent say technology plays a major role in their caregiving. Forty-two percent say technology plays a minor role, and 28 percent says it plays no role at all.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews