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Dennis OConnor

Journal of Medical Internet Research - Sustainability of Weight Loss Through Smartphone... - 0 views

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    "Sustainability of Weight Loss Through Smartphone Apps: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis on Anthropometric, Metabolic, and Dietary Outcomes"
Dennis OConnor

Data strategy for achieving a patient-centric future - Partner Content - 0 views

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    "Life science companies seeking further advances toward a truly patient-centric future should consider working with an external partner that has extensive experience and a reliable, transparent and proven information portfolio. Leveraging core data linked and integrated with data generated by patients, and providing access to novel, on-demand data sources through a network of curated data partners provides enriched data that goes beyond the patient experience with a particular brand. By understanding the full details of the patient journey, optimal engagement of patients and HCPs can be enabled, thereby delivering the right treatment to the right patient, supporting adoption and adherence and achieving the ultimate goal of patient-centricity."
Dennis OConnor

OSTP Issues Guidance to Make Federally Funded Research Freely Available Without Delay -... - 0 views

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    "Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) updated U.S. policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. In a memorandum to federal departments and agencies, Dr. Alondra Nelson, the head of OSTP, delivered guidance for agencies to update their public access policies as soon as possible to make publications and research funded by taxpayers publicly accessible, without an embargo or cost. All agencies will fully implement updated policies, including ending the optional 12-month embargo, no later than December 31, 2025."
Dennis OConnor

Kundalini Yoga for Post-Treatment Lyme Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Study - PubMed - 0 views

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    "Abstract This study examined the adherence to and the potential benefit of Kundalini yoga (KY) for post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Participants were randomly assigned to 8 weeks of a KY small-group intervention or a waitlist control (WLC). Adherence was measured as attendance at KY group sessions. Primary outcomes assessed pain, pain interference, fatigue, and global health. Secondary outcomes assessed multisystem symptom burden, mood, sleep, physical and social functioning, cognition, and mindfulness. Linear mixed models were used to test changes in outcomes over time as a function of group assignment; intercepts for participants were modeled as random effects. Although the target sample size was 40 participants, the study concluded with 29 participants due to recruitment challenges. No KY participants dropped out of the study, and participants attended 75% of group sessions on average, but WLC retention was poor (57%). Regarding primary outcomes, there was no significant interaction between group and time. Regarding secondary outcomes, there was a significant interaction between group and time for multisystem symptom burden (p < 0.05) and cognition (p < 0.01); KY participants reported improved multisystem symptom burden and cognition over the course of the study compared to WLC participants. To enhance recruitment and retention, future trials may consider expanding geographic access and including supportive procedures for WLC participants. This preliminary study supports the need for a larger study to determine if KY reduces multisystem symptom burden and enhances cognition among people with PTLDS."
Dennis OConnor

7 Phases Of Illness That Lead To A Higher State Of Consciousness | Cyndera Quackenbush ... - 0 views

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    "No matter what our illness - and we are all ill at some point or another - from the common cold to COVID, to the illness that will end our life, there are seeds of personal evolution and the potential to initiate ourselves into a new way of being after our illness is over. "
Dennis OConnor

Health Story Collaborative - 0 views

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    "You are not alone. Navigating illness can be isolating, but it doesn't have to be. At Health Story Collaborative, we believe in story sharing for health. We are patient-centered, research-based, and committed to the therapeutic power of storytelling. We strive to create a space where story sharing is valued and honored within the healthcare system. Explore the site, listen to stories and consider crafting and sharing your own. "
Dennis OConnor

Lancet: Effectiveness of wearable activity trackers to increase physical activity and i... - 0 views

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    "Summary Wearable activity trackers offer an appealing, low-cost tool to address physical inactivity. This systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses (umbrella review) aimed to examine the effectiveness of activity trackers for improving physical activity and related physiological and psychosocial outcomes in clinical and non-clinical populations. Seven databases (Embase, MEDLINE, Ovid Emcare, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, the Cochrane Library, and Web of Science) were searched from database inception to April 8, 2021. Systematic reviews of primary studies using activity trackers as interventions and reporting physical activity, physiological, or psychosocial outcomes were eligible for inclusion. In total, 39 systematic reviews and meta-analyses were identified, reporting results from 163 992 participants spanning all age groups, from both healthy and clinical populations. Taken together, the meta-analyses suggested activity trackers improved physical activity (standardised mean difference [SMD] 0·3-0·6), body composition (SMD 0·7-2·0), and fitness (SMD 0·3), equating to approximately 1800 extra steps per day, 40 min per day more walking, and reductions of approximately 1 kg in bodyweight. Effects for other physiological (blood pressure, cholesterol, and glycosylated haemoglobin) and psychosocial (quality of life and pain) outcomes were typically small and often non-significant. Activity trackers appear to be effective at increasing physical activity in a variety of age groups and clinical and non-clinical populations. The benefit is clinically important and is sustained over time. Based on the studies evaluated, there is sufficient evidence to recommend the use of activity trackers."
Dennis OConnor

Tinnitus research | A randomized single-blind controlled trial of a prototype digital p... - 0 views

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    "Objective: This randomized single-blind controlled trial tested the hypothesis that a prototype digital therapeutic developed to provide goal-based counseling with personalized passive and active game-based sound therapy would provide superior tinnitus outcomes, and similar usability, to a popular passive sound therapy app over a 12 week trial period. Methods: The digital therapeutic consisted of an app for iPhone or Android smartphone, Bluetooth bone conduction headphones, neck pillow speaker, and a cloud-based clinician dashboard to enable messaging and app personalization. The control app was a popular self-help passive sound therapy app called White Noise Lite (WN). The primary outcome measure was clinically meaningful change in Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) between baseline and 12 weeks of therapy. Secondary tinnitus measures were the TFI total score and subscales across sessions, rating scales and the Client Oriented Scale of Improvement in Tinnitus (COSIT). Usability of the US and WN interventions were assessed using the System Usability Scale (SUS) and the mHealth App Usability Questionnaire (MAUQ). Ninety-eight participants who were smartphone app users and had chronic moderate-severe tinnitus (>6 months, TFI score > 40) were enrolled and were randomly allocated to one of the intervention groups. Thirty-one participants in the USL group and 30 in the WN group completed 12 weeks of trial. Results: Mean changes in TFI for the USL group at 6 (16.36, SD 17.96) and 12 weeks (17.83 points, SD 19.87) were clinically meaningful (>13 points reduction), the mean change in WN scores were not clinically meaningful (6 weeks 10.77, SD 18.53; 12 weeks 10.12 points, SD 21.36). A statistically higher proportion of USL participants achieved meaningful TFI change at 6 weeks (55%) and 12 weeks (65%) than the WN group at 6 weeks (33%) and 12 weeks (43%). Mean TFI, rating and COSIT scores favored the US group but were not statistically different from WN. Usability measures
Dennis OConnor

Visualizing the Long Covid experience | by Katie McCurdy | Jul, 2022 | Medium - 0 views

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    "As a highly allergic and reactive person with multiple autoimmune conditions, I am likely at risk for Long Covid. I've closely followed the news about this mysterious and pervasive new condition and read about its debilitating symptoms. But until now, I hadn't personally known anyone with Long Covid."
Dennis OConnor

Amazon to Acquire One Medical Clinics in $3.9 Billion Deal - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "The $3.9 billion deal is Amazon's latest acquisition in the health care industry. In 2018, it acquired PillPack, an online pharmacy."
Dennis OConnor

JMIR mHealth and uHealth - Wearing the Future-Wearables to Empower Users to Take Greate... - 0 views

  • Considerable literature findings suggest that wearables can empower individuals by assisting with diagnosis, behavior change, and self-monitoring.
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    "Abstract Background: Wearables refer to devices that are worn by individuals. In the health care field, wearables may assist with individual monitoring and diagnosis. In fact, the potential for wearable technology to assist with health care has received recognition from health systems around the world, including a place in the strategic Long Term Plan shared by the National Health Service in England. However, wearables are not limited to specialist medical devices used by patients. Leading technology companies, including Apple, have been exploring the capabilities of wearable health technology for health-conscious consumers. Despite advancements in wearable health technology, research is yet to be conducted on wearables and empowerment. Objective: This study aimed to identify, summarize, and synthesize knowledge on how wearable health technology can empower individuals to take greater responsibility for their health and care. Methods: This study was a scoping review with thematic analysis and narrative synthesis. Relevant guidance, such as the Arksey and O'Malley framework, was followed. In addition to searching gray literature, we searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, HMIC, and Cochrane Library. Studies were included based on the following selection criteria: publication in English, publication in Europe or the United States, focus on wearables, relevance to the research, and the availability of the full text. Results: After identifying 1585 unique records and excluding papers based on the selection criteria, 20 studies were included in the review. On analysis of these 20 studies, 3 main themes emerged: the potential barriers to using wearables, the role of providers and the benefits to providers from promoting the use of wearables, and how wearables can drive behavior change. Conclusions: Considerable literature findings suggest that wearables can empower individuals by assisting with diagnosis, behavior change, and self-monitoring. However, greater adoption
Dennis OConnor

'You are what you eat,' and now researchers know exactly what you're eating: Matching b... - 0 views

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    Date: July 7, 2022 Source: University of California - San Diego Summary: Researchers describe a new method to identify all of the unidentified molecules derived from food, providing a direct way to link molecules in diet to health outcomes. "Matching blood or stool samples to a reference database of foods reveals how much of our body chemistry is traceable to what we consume" An international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego, report a new method called untargeted metabolomics to identify the vast number of molecules derived from food that were previously unidentified, but that appear in our blood and our stool.
Dennis OConnor

Pioneers of 'brain-computer interfaces' seek to shape the field's future - 0 views

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    "Three years after he was paralyzed from the chest down, Ian Burkhart faced a dilemma. He received a phone call from the Ohio State University asking him, as one of the few patients with a spinal cord injury living near Columbus, Ohio, to join a brain-computer interface (BCI) study."
Dennis OConnor

Facebook reportedly collecting user data via hospital websites - 0 views

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    "Facebook has been collecting potentially sensitive health data through a tracker that, until recently, was included in the online scheduling tools of roughly a third of the country's top hospitals, according to a new report from nonprofit investigative newsroom The Markup."
Dennis OConnor

(13) 'Tumors just vanished': Cancer patients now in remission after drug trial - YouTube - 0 views

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    "Treatment with the immunotherapy dostarlimab showed promising results in a small trial of more than a dozen rectal cancer patients, according to new research, but further study is needed and it is too early to call it a cure. CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Dr. Andrea Cercek, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center."
Dennis OConnor

Growth after trauma - 0 views

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    "Why are some people more resilient than others-and can it be taught? By Lorna Collier November 2016, Vol 47, No. 10 Print version: page 48"
Dennis OConnor

The Five Minute Journal® - Simplest, most effective way to be happier. - Inte... - 0 views

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    "The simplest thing you can do to start your day happier by focusing on the positive and becoming more mindful. The Five Minute Journal's guided and structured exercises will lead you down a path toward an enhanced version of the person you already are. "
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