Social media ‘has clinical benefits’

Social media can provide a valuable support network for older adults, helping them ward off loneliness, stay in touch with friends and family, and meet like-minded people. However, it could also have a more direct set of clinical applications, according … Continue reading

Novel therapy ‘can ease low-back pain’

Some people suffering from low-back pain could benefit from the type of bio-cellular grafts that surgeons use to repair tissue damage, new US research suggests. The annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine heard that some sufferers given … Continue reading

Mixed feelings on social networking

Employers have mixed feelings about the use of social networking to promote health engagement among their workforces, according to researchers. A survey examined the use of three key new technologies – social networking, mobile technology and gamification (the use of … Continue reading

Smartphone app ‘best aid’ for dieters

A new smartphone app available on the National Health Service could assist successful dieting, the findings of a pilot scheme have suggested. The trial, published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research, found that monitoring exercise and food intake using … Continue reading

Seasons and mental illness linked

Researchers from the US have used Google searches to find a strong link between the seasons and mental illness. Doctors and scientists have typically struggled to follow mental illness patterns, with unreliable telephone surveys often used. Researchers find it difficult … Continue reading

Digital advertising spend hits £5.4bn

Businesses spent more than £5.4bn on digital advertising in the UK last year as smartphones and tablet devices fuelled record annual growth. The latest Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) digital ad spend report showed annual revenues increased 12.5% to £5.42bn last … Continue reading

Doctors voice online records fears

A large majority of British doctors (84%) believe that the introduction of online medical records will require them to spend longer explaining their content to patients. More than two thirds (68%) of doctors and 63% of the public agree that … Continue reading

Free session ban ‘will limit choice’

Plans to stop free consultations for patients seeking plastic surgery will limit choice and make treatment more expensive, it has been claimed. The European Union is proposing a new law banning cosmetic surgeons from seeing patients thinking about a procedure … Continue reading

MRI may improve diagnosis of ‘silent’ killer

MRI could be used to help identify patients with hardening of the arteries who are at risk of thrombosis, new research suggests. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify high-risk plaques in the blood would provide a non-invasive way to … Continue reading

Tablets ‘could overtake PC sales’

Tablets, PCs and mobile phones are increasingly in demand, with worldwide shipments expected to reach 2.4 billion units this year. The figure, supplied by a Gartner study, is a 9% increase on last year’s shipments. General device shipments are set … Continue reading