App Aims to Identify Stressed Teens

stressed teen

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress and mood disorders are a significant problem among teens today. 8% of those 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder, and 11% meet the criteria for a major depression. One out of six high school students have seriously contemplated suicide, and half of them have attempted suicide. As a result, it is becoming increasing important to help distinguish between young people with normal emotional ups and downs, and those who are stuck in a potentially serious situation.

Researchers at Rutgers University have created a smartphone app designed to monitor a teenager’s moods. It includes an electronic diary where teens are prompted to record their daily state of mind. The app also tracks social interaction, physical activity, and how often the subject communicates by text or phone. The system can help determine whether the individual is participating in interaction with others, or is at risk of becoming socially isolated.

The researchers hope to add additional functions that will analyze the data and provide coaching to the individual, suggesting activities to manage stress and change behavioral patterns. In the future, this technology could be contained in a wearable device that could also combined monitoring of biomarkers that would signal stress or anxiety.

Unintended Consequences: Marketing Uses of Health Tech Data

Individual Customer Service And Crm

We often talk about how Health Tech data from a community of people has the potential to reveal valuable information about disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment, and how this sort of Big Data analytics could save money and lives. But there’s a potential darker side to this resource, as this same data could be even more […]

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Wearable Facilitates Crowd-Sourced MS Study

PatientsLikeMe Study infographic

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects a patient’s ability to walk. Unfortunately, the only assessment of their impairment usually happens during an office visit with their physician. More detailed information about day to day experiences could provide healthcare professionals useful data. To address this situation, PatientsLikeMe partnered with Biogen to conduct a study using wearable Health Tech […]

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HealthPatch Vitals Sensor Gets Custom Processor

HealthPatch MD

The HealthPatch is a wearable sensor designed to monitor a patients vital signs and track other information, such as physical activity, posture, and even fall detection. Made by Vital Connect, the wireless device has received FDA approval and has the potential to improve patient care and treatment. The company recently announced an advancement for the […]

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Detect Trace Biomarkers Quickly [video]

Simoa blood protein

In a Forbes article, Kevin Hrusovsky, CEO of Quanterix is quoted making a distinction between “healthcare” and “sick care.” His point is that in most cases, we wait until a patient gets sick — showing symptoms — and then test to determine the cause. He cites the example of testing for the protein troponin to determine whether or […]

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New Group Addresses Health Tech User Interface

Health Tech UX

The technology for wearable Health Tech devices is expanding at about the same rate as the Universe, or so it appears at times. Sensors, watches, wireless technologies, cloud analytics, automated data processing, energy harvesting, and battery technology are just a few of the areas receiving extensive attention (and funding) in universities and corporate labs all […]

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Wearable Artificial Lung in Development


A spin-off company from the University of Maryland is working to develop the world’s first wearable artificial lung. Breethe, Inc. has support from UM Ventures, which helps bring start-ups from the University of Maryland together with financial investors and other resources. Lung disease is the third most common cause of death in the U.S. behind heart […]

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Novel Material for Harvesting Radio Wave Energy

Waterloo energy harvesting

One of the challenges for wearable Health Tech devices is coming up with a long-lasting, reliable energy source. Various energy harvesting approaches offer some appealing solutions because they eliminate the need to recharge from some electrical source. They can pull energy out of thin air, relying on motion, temperature differentials, or electromagnetic emissions as the […]

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Measure Patient Vital Signs without Contact [video]

Non-contact vital signs

We have all sorts of sensors that we can embed in wearable Health Tech devices that can measure all sorts of important biometric data, including standard patient vital signs such as heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. However, there are many situations where it would be helpful to be able […]

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Obesity Costs Corporations Billions

Fat businessman eating junk food while working

According to a recent article by Reuters, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that obesity costs U.S. employers more than $70 billion every year, due to absenteeism and healthcare expenses. This is money that could be better spent on higher salaries and more jobs that would result in better productivity. It should come as […]

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