In research published in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, a team at the University of Liverpool found that many mental health apps and online programmes lack "an underlying evidence base, a lack of scientific credibility and limited clinical effectiveness".Simon Leigh, co-author of the study, argues that apps should be "well-informed, scientifically credible, peer reviewed and evidence based"."The rate at which apps come out is always going to outweigh the rate at which they can be evaluated.Mental health apps have grown in popularity at a time when psychological services have faced an increased demand and decreased resources.Many people find it hard to access services because of geography, because of mental ill health, because of physical disability.We've also found that, in the 50% of cases that do get to a GP, they're not able to guide mental health problems adequately."
p One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness – but a fifth of people still think "one of the main causes of mental illness is a lack of self-discipline and willpower".A survey conducted by the National Centre of Social Research asked 5,000 adults about their experience of mental health and found that 26 per cent had been diagnosed with a mental illness.A further 18 per cent of adults reported having experienced a mental illness but not having been diagnosed.Women were more likely to have been diagnosed with a common mental health disorder – 31 per cent of women compared to 17 per cent of men.The most common diagnosis was depression, with 19 per cent of people surveyed saying they had been diagnosed with the condition.Other common diagnoses were anxiety, phobias and OCD, with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders categorised as "serious conditions".
Interactive video is an innovative approach to marketing that can increase audience engagement, especially among millennials.Still, many in marketing and advertising remain in the dark about the opportunities interactive offers and how to best leverage its capabilities, including data and customer insights.Although interactive video is getting easier to create, marketers and advertisers still struggle to understand how it works and how they can leverage it for their brands.And if so, what do you need to know to reach your goals?Brands are putting more and more content on the Web, increasing competition for consumers mental bandwidth, thereby lowering the odds of any meaningful engagement.Creating an immersive and tailored experience leads to longer view times, increased interactions, and more social sharing, which is exactly what content creators are looking for in 2016.
p The NHS has a rotten reputation when it comes to technology.At Davos in January last year, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens announced seven innovation testbeds that will take a different approach to tackling the impending health crisis.Two of the testbeds focused on Internet of Thingstechnology, with Surrey and Borders partnership NHS Foundation Trust using smart devices to help people with dementia stay at home longer and West of England's Academic Health Science Network developing a diabetes digital coach.The other five testbeds weren't as prescriptive: in North East London and in Lancashire and Cumbria, testbeds were looking to support older people with dementia; Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS was working with Google's Verily on prediction and prevention techniques; Sheffield was looking to help people with diabetes, hypertension and other long-term condition treat themselves at home; and the Birmingham and Solihull project was developing tools for managing mental health.That's only expected to increase as demographics skew older, with the number of people 75 or older up by 89 per cent since the mid 1970s.As long term illnesses affect more people – as of 2013, there were 3.2 million people with diabetes – that's expected to increase to four million within the decade.
If you mostly run on roads, you re missing out: Soft and uneven surfaces help to build strength and balance by working some lesser-used muscles in your feet and legs.Even if there s no picturesque trail or beach in your neighborhood, you still have an option: Run on grass.Look around for a park or athletic field with a big grassy field you can use or go rogue and trample your neighbors front yards—wait, no, don t do that.Running on grass is also a mental as well as a physical change of pace, so try working it into the last 15 minutes of your next run.If that goes well, says a post at Competitor, you can work towards doing entire workouts on the turf.4 minutes hard2 minutes easy note that this is half the time of the hard interval 3 minutes hard1.5 minutes easy2 minutes hard1 minute easy1 minute hardRecover for 3 minutes walking or easy jogging , and then repeat the sequence two more times.
Of approximately 40,000 smartphone health apps available, about 800 are devoted to mental health, according to Robert Kennedy, MD, Executive Director of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry.However, few of these apps are developed by clinicians, and there is little science to the vast majority of them, said Seth Powsner, MD, President of the AATP, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale.Apps may provide solutions, the speakers agreed.New health apps launched by Apple just last month, in April, 2016, include pregnancy tracker Glow Nurture, newborn parenting app Glow Baby, and a diabetes manager.An Apple depression tracker named Start, includes a symptom tracker, medication reminder, depression rating scale, and information about medication side effects.The Collaboratory encouraged clinicians to contact them with ideas for apps, and for help in developing the apps.
Between logging our calorie intake on MyFitnessPal and tracking our runs on RunKeeper or squeezing in a 7 Minute Workout with Johnson & Johnson , we do a pretty good job of using technology to benefit our physical health.To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we ve rounded up the best apps designed to keep track of your mental health too.HeadspaceView photosMore Headspace Headspace provides daily guided meditation for when you need some downtime in the big bad world.Do you find yourself plagued with worrying thoughts?This app will help keep track of what makes you feel anxious and provides a plethora of welcome distractions to help ease anxious thoughts when they arise.Dream EZ uses imagery rehearsal therapy to reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares, so sufferers can sleep easy.
New upstarts like DriveClub have tried to steal the crown, but Polyphony is finally back to defend it with GT Sport.With some serious sponsorships and FIA approval, the first Gran Turismo to hit the PS4 is gearing up for its parade lap, but after I got the chance to sniff the virtual petrol at Sony's London launch event, I'm wondering if there have been a few missed gears in the run up to launch.There were 20 on show at the reveal event, with 137 promised for the full release, split between four power groups.Beginners should stick to the hot hatches and stock sportscars of Group 4, but eventually you'll progress up to the mental race-spec road warriors and fictional GT Vision concept cars of Group 1.Anyone can jup into an official FIA race weekend, with winners from each region progressing to an international finals event, with full race commentary and global broadcast online.Polyphony has a long way to go to hit the eSports big time, but the in-game spectator camera looked as slick as anyting you'd see on Sky Sports F1.
Better bandwidth alone isn t enoughA fast internet connection for all: it s the law.Or will be soon, if the UK government s pledge to give every household the legal right to a fast broadband connection becomes a reality.The backdrop is a nation that has yet to fully understand the social and economic potential of the web.Will this proposed right really affect our ability to afford an internet connection or the equipment to use it, and the digital skills to make the most of it?Beyond keeping in touch with family and friends, and easing access to online government services, basic digital skills can improve people s quality of life.With financial stress ranked as a primary cause of mental health issues in the UK, 86 per cent of people who manage their money online say they worry less if they have more choice in ...
BSIP via Getty ImagesCOPENHAGEN Thomson Reuters Foundation - Countries which fail to invest in young women s health will be left behind because the underdeveloped brains of their children will not be equipped to compete in an increasingly complex, digital world, the head of the World Bank said on Wednesday.He said when finance ministers approach the World Bank for loans they say they are not going to use the money for women and children, but for hard infrastructure like roads and energy.Kim said brain scans showed that young children who don t have sufficient nutrition or stimulation in their early years have fewer neural connections which impacts their cognitive potential.For every country in the world looking at a future that s going to ... require huge amounts of digital competence we are now saying to these governments how are you going to walk into the future with 45 percent stunting.He said investing in women s health, education and economic empowerment was crucial for ending global poverty and the World Bank would be making special investments to address the high numbers of girls dropping out in secondary school.Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change.
series, described his take on Pym to me this way in an interview three years ago:In the past — not always, but definitely sometimes — Hank Pym s mental illness has been treated like a cold, or a super villian.You focus on managing your condition, you work hard to live a life as normally as possible, and understand that it s not going to be as easy as it is for the people around you.Driven by guilt and responsibility in Avengers: Rage of Ultron, Pym became fused with the malevolent AI he created and the story ended with the psychologically confused man-machine fusion made flying off into space.More specifically, he s a cyborg that wears Ultron and wields the robot s abilities.Naturally, this is a concern for the Avengers Unity Squad:Pym and Ultron are more interconnected than ever before.There s almost certainly going to be a struggle for psychological and physiological supremacy between flesh and silicon in the coming months.
Wearables have the ability to improve health and give us insights into our mental state — all we need are the apps that can analyze and quantify the data.It uses wearable data to indicate rising stress levels and a mobile app to for users to lower stress levels and give feedback.Mindset gives you chill optionsDifferent types of meditation and exercises are provided on the app.Multiple studies have shown that a stressful environment could knock a few years off your life, so it is very important that we have apps like Mindset available.And since the workplace is one huge source of our stress, Mindset may find a ready market in the enterprise sector.A recent report by market intelligence firm Tractica says wearables will be a big deal with enterprise users in the near future, perhaps to the point of replacing your gym membership with a Fitbit streaming back to your HR department…which may stress you out even further.
Now a new study, published in Biomedical Engineering Online, suggests that it might be down to their brains.Boys whose growth is steadier and less rapid are often able to remain more coordinated than their fast-growing peers.The study measured 88 15-year-old boys and then divided them into two groups – those who grew over 3cm over the course of the study, and those who grew 1cm or less.The boys also performed mental arithmetic tasks during walking to measure the "relative cognitive demand" of gait control.The study found that those who grew more rapidly were less able to walk smoothly, and that their gait and stride was less regular."Adolescents tend to show previous control of the body when growing up, but he motor control behaviour is organised on the body's dimensions."
Doug Hyun/NetflixFive, ten, maybe twenty years from now, when some curious newb cues up Netflix s Lady Dynamite—and, based on the first four episodes alone, people will be watching this smart, happily trippy series for a long while—they ll be seeing a lot of sitcom anomalies: It treats mental illness with delicacy, precision, and an utter lack of lesson-ladling seriousness; it jams together a whole mess of 21st-century comedy styles without having them collapse upon impact; and it s the first binge-era series in which a character turns the phrase cradle the balls and work the shaft into a catchy, easy-to-repeat sing-along I m just guessing on the last point, as I still haven t seen Bosch .Once Maria snaps out of her reverie, though, she s back to her new reality, one in which she s on meds, out of work, and in the office of her kind but feckless manager played with delightful fussiness by A Serious Man s Fred Melamed , to whom she breaks the news that, after her breakdown, she needs to take it easy, career-wise.So while Lady Dynamite sends Maria off on a search for connection and understanding—a search that finds her setting up a community bench for her neighbors on her front lawn, dating a bisexual meth-addict, and joining a support group for white people who worry they may be racist—she s often undermined by both her own screw-ups, and by an industry that constantly wants to sell her out and shut her up.Throughout Lady Dynamite, we jump back and forth between Maria s pre- and post-treatment showbiz career, and the Hollywood it depicts is a beautiful but insufferably shrill hellhole—a city pockmarked by cynical opportunists and calculating frenemies, all slaves to an industry that churns out hours worth of racist, misogynist network sitcoms or big-chain commercials that make everyone rich while shoplifting their souls.In Duluth, we watch as Maria tries to fit in among her parents Mary Kay Place and Ed Begley Jr. , her fellow patients, her cubicle-manacled coworkers, and her cruelly condescending childhood best friend MadTV s Mo Collins ; such flashbacks find her rudderless, unable to perform onstage without wilting.Back in Hollywood, she may still be adrift, but at least she s no less crazy than her peers, which includes Saturday Night Live s Ana Gasteyer as a cravenly phony agent she s the one who belts out that impromptu balls/shaft ditty, for reasons too long and happily silly to divulge here as well as Playing House star and new-comedy economy mainstay Lennon Parham as Maria s lazy, underminey assistant.
Portraying mental health and psychology from a critical perspective in video games isn t very common.Thermo-Dynamic Games is an indie studio working on Echoes, a game dealing with the journey through counseling and overcoming mental issues.According to the developer players will have to overcome challenging and alien sections of the environment in order to progress and discover the story behind it all.The further you progress the more challenging it gets, and the player is supposed to be charmed by the game s initial moments.It seems that the game takes visual inspiration from some of the more stylized games of recent years.Anyone looking to try the game before its official release can look into Itch s Refinery program where the game will be found presumably soon as it moves towards the release date.
The Hard Thing Rule lets you lead by example and keep your kids on track.Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit, suggests the three-part Hard Thing Rule will set things in motion:Everyone in the family has to do something that s hard.No one gets to pick the hard thing for anyone else.This rule gives them the freedom to pursue something they re interested in, and it teaches them the importance of sticking with things when the going gets tough.It s also a great incentive for you to finish your own projects and show your kids that working hard is worthwhile.Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Amazon via Business Insider
According to data scientist, Michael Wu, there are three classes of analytics:Descriptive: Statistics that summarizes the existing data.There is a time and place for descriptive analytics and predictive analytics, but if you re looking to take action, prescriptive analytics should be your focus.It is a prediction whose predictive window is longer than the reaction time.If your current approach consists of collecting data and reviewing it without action, then you re merely investing in descriptive and predictive analytics.Everyone from the CEO down needs to understand the importance of not only collecting data, but also using that data to make educated and strategic decisions that better the company.If you want to take a firm stance on the importance of actionable data, then establish a policy that says every single element of any marketing plan must be based on insight you gather from customers.
While attending Google's developer conference, I/O, programmer Dan Kim noticed a booth selling a T-shirt with a popular saying: "Eat, sleep, code, repeat.I literally let out an 'ugh' when I saw it."Because, the truth is, the underlying idea of that phrase isn't so cute.It must be all consuming and the focus of your life.... a truly balanced lifestyle — one that gives your brain and your soul some space to breathe non-programming air — actually makes you a better programmer.To understand just how pervasive this indoctrination is, a couple of months ago, Alex St. John, a famous video game developer and exec, someone who has hired a lot of programmers over the years, caused an uproar when he published a controversial article in VentureBeat.St.St. John even wrote a recruiting slideshow filled with controversial and sexist ideas on how to find programmers preferably young and cultivate this idea in them.The sad thing is that for those that buy into this message, the stress of working like that has been known to literally drive some of them beyond burnout, even affecting mental health.For instance, some time ago a programmer named Kenneth Parker wrote a blog post about the hardest working programmer he ever knew.
I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company s products: big, bulky and protective.But while there will always be a place for hyper-protective cases I know what I want my phone in the next time I go crab fishing , the company has clearly been looking for a way to offer up protection without effectively encasing the thing in Lucite.Otterbox took steps toward shedding that image with the launch of its commuter series and the 2013 acquisition of LifeProof, a San Diego-based company that has largely done a good job designing protective cases that do a fine job offering protection without adding too much bulk.The sky s the limit, really, and Otterbox is coming out of the gate with an impressive set of accessories for the iPhone/iPhone Plus case helped along by some high-profile partnerships.Polar has created the lion s share of the plug-ins here, but other partners include a card reader from Square, Olloclip s four in one lens Influx s WiFi booster and Seek Thermal s thermal imaging camera.Of course, as with any phone case, there s still a little mental arithmetic to be done with regards to whether the system is worth your while.
He introduced the concept of eating clean foods, exercise, and other healthful innovations.You went there to be fed food that most people at the time considered fit only for farm animals, to use baffling machines of Kellogg s invention, particularly those which involved getting pelted with water or thumped and shocked with electricity not in a sexy way….well, depending on your kinks .A child previously honest, under its baneful influence will soon become an inveterate liar.A Desperate Case.—A little girl about ten years of age was brought to us by her father, who came with his daughter to have her broken of the vile habit of self-abuse into which she had fallen.West got to the heart of the matter: It will, I imagine, scarcely be contended that proceedings which we should reprobate if practiced on the one sex, change their character when perpetrated on the other.And he believed he was doing God s work.