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Can Wearables Improve Outcomes Among Hospitalized Patients?

Article Excerpt: New research published in JAMA Network Open found that hospitalized patients using wearable devices had better physical activity levels and physical functioning as opposed to patients receiving standard care. Typically, hospitalized patients engage in limited levels of physical activity. This often leads to adverse health outcomes. However, the capabilities of wearable devices led researchers to examine their efficacy in boosting patient activity levels.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Integrated Fitness Tracker, Mobile Health App Potentially Improves Teachers’ Mental Wellness – Study

Article Excerpt: Corporate mental wellness platform MindFi and Fitbit (now part of Google) have undertaken a pilot study to assess the impact of using a combined fitness wearable device and mental health app on users. Their 10-week study engaged around 100 public school teachers in Singapore and evaluated their progress and lifestyle changes, including activity level, sleep and heart rate.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


Walking or Biking to Work Could Make You More Productive

Article Excerpt: For 14 years, Kerry Mellin commuted 40 miles to her job as a motion picture costumer at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, Calif. The trip from her home in Simi Valley took her east via Route 118, then south onto Interstate 5. Three turns later, she was there. On a good day, the drive took 75 minutes. “On bad traffic days, it was easily two hours,” she says. “The road rage was real. I felt trapped in my lane, and my sciatica was killing me.” No productivity guru preaches the benefits of morning anger and back pain. But exactly how an odyssey such as Mellin’s affects the workday hasn’t been fully understood. New research from Dartmouth helps quantify the cost of commuting on performance. “Your commute predicts your day,” says Andrew Campbell, lead researcher of the study and a professor of computer science.

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Article Source: Bloomberg


How To Make Your Morning Commute More Productive

Article Excerpt: A new study from Dartmouth College in the US has found that the anxiety and frustration brought about by stressful commutes hamper our ability to do our best work for the rest of the nine-to-five. “Your commute predicts your day,” says Professor Andrew Campbell, lead researcher of the 275-person study, in which participants were fitted with tracking devices to monitor factors such as activity levels, phone usage, heart rate and stress markers. Those who spent more time staring at their screens put in a poorer performance throughout the day, while those who found ways to get in physical activity did better.

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Article Source: Men’s Health


Into the Wild

Article Excerpt: Neuroscientist Jeremy Manning, PhD, wants to understand the causal link between exercise, mental health, and cognitive performance—his Contextual Dynamics Lab researches human memory and he has a few ideas about how the three may be connected… With funding from CTBH (Center for Technology and Behavioral Health)’s Pilot Core, Manning and (Lorie) Loeb pulled together Dartmouth-wide experts in human memory, physiological changes associated with exercise and cognition, remote sensing technologies and software development, and data analysis/app design—a collaboration that included undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty—to launch the pilot study.

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Article Source: Dartmouth Medicine


How Older Adults Can Get Back Into Physical Exercise Following Months of Pandemic Rules

Article Excerpt: Alice Herb, 88, an intrepid New Yorker, is used to walking miles around Manhattan. But after this year of being shut inside, trying to avoid covid-19, she has noticed a big difference in how she feels… Millions of older Americans are similarly struggling with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges following a year of being cooped up inside, stopping usual activities and seeing few, if any, people. If they don’t address issues that have arisen during the pandemic — muscle weakness, poor nutrition, disrupted sleep, anxiety, social isolation and more — these older adults face the prospect of poorer health and increased frailty, experts warn.

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Article Source: Washington Post via Kaiser Health News. Also posted in CNN Health.