Category Archives: Technology

AMA Releases Guidelines for mHealth Apps

Mobile health apps and associated digital health devices, trackers and sensors can vary greatly in functionality, accuracy, safety and effectiveness. While physicians enthusiastic and optimistic about digital health innovation and its potential medical benefits, some mHealth apps and devices that … Continue reading

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Crumbling Boundaries Between Patients and Doctors

Connecting with patients has taken on new urgency as physicians are now judged on their ability to make patients happy, via satisfaction surveys like the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). But as any experienced physician knows, relaxing … Continue reading

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Brainwaves and Text Messaging

New research published in Epilepsy and Behavior shows that sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves.  People communicate increasingly via text messaging, though little is known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. A … Continue reading

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Forget Everything You Know About Diets and Healthy Eating

Science now has an explanation for why many of us try out the latest diet only to find that it is not working. A study published in the journal Cell this week, has demonstrated that different people’s bodies respond to … Continue reading

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Social media choices when sharing important personal events

A new study is the first study to examine the use and effects of interpersonal media in social sharing. [More…]

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Interns may devote only 12% of their time to patients

In the New York Times (5/30) “Well” blog, Pauline W. Chen, MD, writes that a “dramatic decrease in time spent with patients compared with previous generations appears to be linked to new constraints young doctors now face, most notably duty … Continue reading

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Social Media as a Tool in Medicine

Interesting article/review in Circulation (American Heart Association) about Digital Social Networks and Health. Free full text. [More…]

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Telecommuting Increases Work Hours

A new study from The University of Texas at Austin reveals for most employees who work remotely, telecommuting increases work hours and blurs boundary between work and home. [More…]

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Therapy in Virtual Environments: Are the Rights and Responsibilities the Same as in the Real World?

There has been a steady increase in the use of therapy for psychological disorders in virtual environments (VE) and using computer-assisted treatment over the last decade. Do the same guidelines and ethical standards apply as they do in the in-person … Continue reading

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Preventing Smoking Relapse via Web-Based Computer Feedback

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research demonstrated that Web-based computer-tailored programs combined with planning strategy assignments and feedback after the quit attempt can be effective in preventing relapse 12 months after baseline.[More…]

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