Author Archives: Lucy O'Neill

Smartphones and wearable devices could revolutionise medical care for people with brain disorders

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CachedImage.axdNew collaborative research programme will explore potential of wearable devices to help prevent and treat depression, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

A major new research programme supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) launches today [26 April], which will develop new ways of monitoring major depressive disorder, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis using wearable devices and smartphone technology.

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Despite potential benefits, big data faces resistance in healthcare

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Science Business article on big data in health quotes Dr Richard Dobson.

Fears big data could affect insurance coverage and be used to track the performance of clinicians are holding back adoption. But big data means better data, according to speakers at a Science|Business conference.

Big data has the potential to transform the operation of Europe’s healthcare systems, radically improving treatments, underpinning public health initiatives and making constrained budgets stretch further.

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Innovations in mental health – Tech Weekly podcast

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Dr Richard Dobson joined The Guardian Tech Weekly Podcast on how technology is being increasingly used to treat mental illness.

From Fitbits that monitor the sleep patterns of patients with schizophrenia and apps that help you manage your mood to online therapy sessions, tech is increasingly being seen as a viable alternative to traditional health and wellbeing techniques.

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Rosalind Franklin honoured in launch of state-of-the-art computing facility

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Source: Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

A new high performance computing (HPC) facility has been unveiled by scientists in London, which will allow the large-scale analysis of research data on an unprecedented scale – from sources as diverse as DNA samples to fitbits and health apps.

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