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Researchers to Develop Smartwatch Device to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Article Excerpt: With the goal of addressing a growing mental health crisis among teenagers, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) partnered with Analog Devices, Inc (ADI) to develop a wearable smartwatch device to serve as an early detector of suicidality or depression. According to federal data, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth aged 10 to 17. The data also shows that youth suicide rates in the US increased from 6.8 per 100,000 in 2007 to 10.7 per 100,000 in 2018, according to the press release. On top of this, thoughts related to suicide are common, with 18.8 percent of high school students in the US having reported suicide consideration. This high demand for mental healthcare among the youth often exceeds the number of mental health beds available, forcing patients to wait in the emergency department for days.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


A Yale Doctor Is Using a Video Game to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Article Excerpt: As drug-related deaths have spiked across the United States in recent years, doctors seeking to curb that surge are getting an unlikely new tool: a video game. The game, titled “PlaySmart,” was developed by Lynn Fiellin and funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. A professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Child Study Center, as well as the founder and director of the play2PREVENT video game development lab, Fiellin hopes that by using “PlaySmart,” she and her team will be able to collect more data related to adolescent opioid misuse and provide aid to both kids who play the game and the adults who work those youths.

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Article Source: The Washington Post


Member Highlights – Jesse Dallery, Ph.D.

Article Excerpt: “There is a long way to go, but I’m excited about a potential transformation of the science and practice of behavioral health afforded by technology and guided by behavioral theory.” — Jesse Dallery, Ph.D.

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Article Source: UFHealth Cancer Center Connections


Linking Hospital and Other Records Can Predict Both Fatal and Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses, Study Suggests

Article Excerpt: A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the odds of a fatal opioid overdose were 1.5 times higher for individuals with one to two visits to the emergency department for any medical issue than for people with no hospital visits. The researchers also found that individuals with a hospital visit where opioid use disorder was addressed were 2.9 times more likely to die from an overdose over the coming year, compared with other people…The findings, published online June 24 in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that risk of an overdose can be accurately predicted by leveraging information found across databases.

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Article Source: Medical Xpress


What’s in your Juul? More than you think, Yale scientists find

Article Excerpt: It is a popular conception that e-cigarettes like Juul are as harmless as smoke machines at prom dances, just benign alternatives to toxic, smelly cigarettes. Yale scientists aren’t so sure.

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Article Source: Yale Daily News


FDA Takes New Steps To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use, Including A Historic Action Against More Than 1,300 Retailers And 5 Major Manufacturers For Their Roles Perpetuating Youth Access

Article Excerpt: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids…Warning letters and civil money penalty complaints to retailers are largest coordinated enforcement effort in agency history; FDA requests manufacturers provide plan for mitigating youth sales within 60 days; warns it may restrict flavored e-cigarettes to address youth epidemic

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Article Source: FDA


Convergence of online daily diaries and timeline followback among women at risk for alcohol exposed pregnancy.

Chow PI, Lord HR, MacDonnell K, Ritterbrand LM, Ingersoll KS. (2017). Convergence of online daily diaries and timeline followback among women at risk for alcohol exposed pregnancy. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 82: 7-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2017.08.004

Researchers compared timeline followback and online daily diary reports of drinking and sexual behavior from 71 women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy (i.e. reporting unprotected intercourse and drinking more than recommended levels for women). Read More


Population health and high-risk patients: Big data just one part of care coordination equation

Article Excerpt: 4/20/2016 – Although big data analytics can help providers target high-risk patients for population health interventions, current models may miss other factors that play a role in selecting patients for the programs, according to a blog post published by Health Affairs.

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Article Source: FierceHealthcare


Efficacy of brief interventions in clinical care settings for persons living with HIV.

Lightfoot, M., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Comulada, S.W., Reddy, V.S., & Duan, N. (2014). Efficacy of brief interventions in clinical care settings for persons living with HIV. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 53(3), 348-356. PMID: 19996978.

This quasi-experimental study compared the efficacy of computer-delivered and provider-delivered brief interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV through unprotected sexual intercourse. The authors developed a motivational interviewing-based intervention for patients living with HIV. The intervention assessed patients’ personal values, encouraged protecting others from the transmission of HIV, and provided feedback on the congruence of patients’ values and actions. The computer-delivered and provider-delivered interventions were similar, except for their delivery. Six clinics participated in the study and either provided consenting patients with the computer-delivered intervention (n=2), the provider-delivered intervention (n=2), or standard care (n=2). Sexual behavior was assessed quarterly when patients returned to the clinic for appointments. A total of 566 patients participated in the study and completed follow-up assessments. Results of the study showed that the computer-delivered group had greater reductions in the number of unknown sexual partners than the provider-delivered and standard care groups. Patients that received the computer-delivered intervention also had greater decreases in the number of unprotected sexual activities relative to those that received standard care.