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Vocal Biomarkers: diagnostics through human voice

Words not only hurt, but now they can heal! Emotion, revealed through the imperceptible characteristics in voices could be used to diagnose certain conditions including stress,  depression and cardiovascular diseases. ‘Beyond Verbal’ have been investigating the links between sound and health for 21 years and are hopeful for this technology for the future and have produced an app.

 

February 17th, 2017|Research|0 Comments|

2.4m Downloads

As has been in the news recently, the online game Sea Hero Quest which was developed as a test to detect early onset dementia has crowdsourced 2.4 million users.

This is helping to set a new benchmark for the disease which has become the leading cause of death in the UK.

 

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November 18th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

Patient Activism & Digital Technology Workshop

News of an exciting workshop has come in. The University of Sussex is holding a workshop and networking event on Tuesday 21st June 2016.

A full and very interesting programme has been laid out, click on the link for pdf (Patient Activitism & DigTech_programme small).

The D3 project will be represented and we will be talking about our research in progress with apps and social […]

June 3rd, 2016|Workshop|0 Comments|

Help us with our research

Would like to help us in our research? Do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter) or apps on your phone or computer to help with medications? Do you home test? We’d love to hear from you.

The D3 project is looking at the way digital technologies are changing medicine – one of the ways we suggest this is happening is […]

April 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

Testing & Mental Health Apps

In a recent article, Nature raises concerns that ‘the technology is moving a lot faster than the science’ and many of the apps designed and marketed to help with mental health care are simply not tested. This leaves customer-patients vulnerable to apps which, at best, don’t work and could make their condition worse.

 

Of course, these apps do many things: some […]

April 25th, 2016|Regulation|0 Comments|

Help! If you use apps we’d love to talk to you.

Would like to help us in our research? Do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter) or apps on your phone or computer to help with medications? Do you home test? We’d love to hear from you.

The D3 project is looking at the way digital technologies are changing medicine – one of the ways we suggest this is happening is […]

April 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Shining a light on Lumosity’s claims

Lumos Labs, who make the brain training app Lumosity have been prosecuted in the US for making unfounded claims. The makers claim that the brain training improves memory and brain function and the website makes strong claims about this.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has previously taken action over another brain training app, plus two others, both for melanoma detection […]

January 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

165,000 and counting!

In 2013, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reported that there were approximately 165,000 health apps on the market. In the two years since then the number has risen and the updated report is available here.

nearly half of all downloads came from only 36 apps
40% of all apps have fewer than 5,000 downloads
over 90% are free to use
the number of clinical […]

Sounds like a diagnosis?

We are used to seeing articles and research about smartphones and how helpful they can be for logging appointments, helping remember when to take medication, giving helpful information and so forth, but there are also apps which are designed to diagnose, too.

In an article in Nature, three such apps are detailed: ResApp, Priori and ApneaApp. The all use sound […]

Mental health monitoring through ‘selfie’ videos and social media tracking

Jiebo Luo and his colleagues at the University of Rochester announce they are developing a new way to monitor patients.

The article (here) says that currently, the team is working on a demo computer program that unobtrusively measures and analyses emotions from “selfie” videos when using social media. Currently, it can only define positive, neutral or negative, but in the future, they […]

February 2nd, 2015|Research|0 Comments|