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11/15/2023

‘Getting Heads in Headsets’: Exploring Virtual Reality Use in the VA

Article Excerpt: Virtual reality (VR), though initially relegated to the world of gaming, is increasingly being applied in healthcare. Healthcare research and provider organizations nationwide are actively exploring the use of VR technologies in various aspects of care delivery — and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is one such organization.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/29c554fh

Article Source: mHealth Intelligence

09/25/2023

Glucose Data Reveals Seasonal Patterns in Diabetes Care

Article Excerpt: People with diabetes tend to maintain healthier blood sugar levels in the warmer months from April to September, according to a Dartmouth study published on Friday in Science Advances. The researchers accessed data from wearable glucose monitors that showed how 137 people aged 2 to 76 living primarily with type 1, aka juvenile, diabetes managed their blood sugar on a daily basis. By analyzing more than 91,000 days of data, the study provides the most detailed look yet at how diabetes management can vary by month, day, age, and even how experienced a patient is with the condition. “We’re looking for specific patterns that could potentially inform clinical guidelines and set the stage for targeted interventions,” says Temiloluwa Prioleau, assistant professor of computer science, one of the study co-authors.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2avxt7z2

Article Source: Dartmouth News

09/06/2023

Technology Helps Bring Health Equity to Underserved Communities

Article Excerpt: Health equity, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. It requires concentrated efforts to eliminate health and healthcare disparities and, more than ever, technology has become a major tool in the process. “From my perspective, technology has a huge value to provide health equity,” says Albert Blankley, COO of Common Ground Health, a health research and planning organization for the nine county Finger Lakes region founded in 1974. The organization’s mission is to bring greater focus to community health issues via data analysis, resident engagement and solution implementation, via regional collaboration and partnerships.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/22zwb6am

Article Source: Rochester Business Journal

08/01/2023

Recreational Cannabis Has Arrived in Minnesota. What Are Its Health Benefits, Risks?

Article Excerpt: Despite its use in medicine, cannabis is a cause for concern for some clinicians, especially when they consider the developing brains of children and young adults. It is also an understudied substance, due in part to its federal classification as a Schedule 1 drug, limiting what we know, scientifically, about its potential benefits and harms on the human body. “Cannabis is not one drug,” said Jacob Borodovsky, a senior research scientist at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. “The cannabis plant itself, we’ve identified over 150 cannabinoid compounds that are present in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are just two of those 150 or more identified compounds.” So, what do we know about cannabis and its health impacts?

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2nu3xj5a

Article Source: Post Bulletin

07/21/2023

FDA Clears Prescription Digital Behavioral Therapeutic for Type 2 Diabetes

Article Excerpt: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared AspyreRx™, a prescription digital behavioral therapeutic device for adults with type 2 diabetes.The device is intended to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as an adjunct to standard of care, to patients aged 18 years and older with type 2 diabetes under the care of a health care provider. Prescribed in 90-day increments, the digital therapeutic delivers CBT through a mobile application in a weekly, step-by-step process to help patients improve glycemic control.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/hx63366n

Article Source: Psychiatry Advisor

07/17/2023

This AI Chatbot Has Helped Doctors Treat 3 Million People–And May Be Coming To A Hospital Near You

Article Excerpt: The problem with turning to the internet for medical advice is that you can come away thinking that you either have a headache or a brain tumor – but the reality is you probably just have a headache. With K Health, Allon Bloch is creating an antidote to “Dr. Google” that ingests your symptoms and medical history via an AI-powered chatbot, sifts through the data of millions of patients and suggests a medical condition based on how you compare to other people like you. “We’re trying to mimic the best doctor in the world,” says Bloch, 53, cofounder and CEO of the seven-year-old New York-based startup.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/4awtf4ua

Article Source: Forbes

06/20/2023

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.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2p9es8v3

Article Source: mHealth Intelligence

06/01/2023

How Does Marijuana Affect the Brain? Psychological Researchers Examine Impact on Different Age Groups Over Time

Article Excerpt: Although scientists are working to answer important questions about consuming cannabis, one of the gaping holes in the field is a reliable method of quantifying how many milligrams of THC are in the multitude of products available, said Dartmouth College’s Alan Budney, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and biomedical science who specializes in cannabis research… Budney is now preparing to launch a survey of 15,000 users who will report not only the detailed information about their cannabis consumption but also how the products are affecting them in terms of depression, anxiety, cannabis use disorder symptoms, and quality of life.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/42zuuxms

Article Source: American Psychological Association

05/09/2023

Can Machine Learning, Wearable Tech Help Treat Mental Health?

Article Excerpt: New research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York indicated that using Apple Watch data, such as heart rate variability and resting heart rate, could assist in training machine learning models to determine patient well-being and resilience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 20 percent of US adults have a mental illness. The CDC also noted that mental health diagnoses are some of the most common health conditions in the US. This latest study showed that wearable devices could help support patients with mental health diagnoses by collecting assistive data.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/3xubk4du

Article Source: Health IT Analytics