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Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from Worcester, Massachusetts, and the University of Connecticut have developed a smartphone app that uses machine learning to predict eating patterns to provide potential interventions for users hoping to lose weight. Findings were presented at the annual symposium for the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers from Mayo Clinic have found that using emojis instead of a conventional emotional scale could help physicians in assessing physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Findings were presented to the American Society of Hematology.

Accuracy in smartphone and wearable devices is an important factor in their usability for medical purposes. However, a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found the pedometer built into the iPhone missed 1,340 steps when compared to an accelerometer worn on the waist.

As younger patients grow up using smartphones and the internet, some may become addicted to the technology and develop imbalances in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Older patients are mostly accepting of wearable activity trackers and understand the value the device could have in improving their health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.


Recent Headlines

Patients likely to be flummoxed by online emergency-radiology resources

Very few online resources aimed at patients who wish to learn about an emergency radiology exam are comprehensible to most of that intended audience, according to a study published online in Emergency Radiology.

FDA approves 1st telehealth feature for cochlear implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

Mental health apps improve motivation, confidence in users

Researchers from Brigham Young University have found mental health mobile applications to be feasible self-help tools for improving mental or emotional health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth.

Multiplayer video game improves rehab in patients recovering from stroke

A multiplayer mobile game that puts physically impaired patients with able-bodied individuals has shown to improve rehabilitation, according to a study published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

Dermatology diagnoses derived from photos are similar to those made in-office

According to a study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published in JAMA Dermatology, parents that send high-quality photos from a smartphone camera of their child’s skin condition to dermatologists could skip the office visits and receive treatment through telehealth.

Text message reminders increase flu vaccination rates

Text message reminders were found to be an effective, low-cost method to increase influenza vaccinations, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

St. Louis 'virtual' hospital hopes to make very real improvements in care

The buzzwords related to information technology and advanced communication are familiar—digital, virtual, real-time, eHealth, telemedicine. But sometimes they can be used in a way that’s a bit confusing. For example, a facility outside St. Louis is perhaps the world’s most advanced virtual hospital. But the building is real, the doctors are real, the nurses making rounds are real. It’s just the patients that are missing.

AMA warns of potential negative health effects of social media

While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give people the ability to connect with anyone in the world, the American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the adoption of new policies outlining the negative health effects of social media.

At-home monitoring app could provide better look into patient vision

A mobile application assisting patients with macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy in testing their vision is just as accurate in providing results as in-person office visits, according to a study presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Wireless spectrometer sends real-time images to smartphones

Researchers have developed a wireless handheld spectrometer that is compatible with smartphones to provide users with spectral images of patients in real-time. Researchers examined how it can be used as a point-of-care medical diagnosis tool in Biomedical Optics Express.