Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm.
Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus forced Americans to shelter in place and led to skyrocketing unemployment. The San Francisco-based start-up was valued by investors last year at $1 billion, two years after being named Apple’s app of the year back in 2017. The app has been downloaded over 80 million times.
“A portable device that can quickly measure electrical activity in the brain and relay it to doctors via a smartphone app, called the Nurochek system, has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a medical device. [Read more…] about Portable brain assessment device by Headsafe secures 510(k) FDA clearance
Big Ten Conference Announces Mental Health Initiatives (press release):
“The Big Ten Conference formally announced today, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, the formation of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which includes representatives from all 14 Big Ten institutions, as well as sport affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey). In conjunction with today’s announcement, the Big Ten Conference is pleased to share that all Big Ten student-athletes, coaches, full-time members of university athletic departments and conference staff members will [Read more…] about Big Ten Conference announces “Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet” and Calm app rollout
(More on the positive side, at MIT Technology Review) The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself:
“There are about 45 million people in the US alone with a mental illness, and those illnesses and their courses of treatment can vary tremendously. But there is something most of those people have in common: a smartphone [Read more…] about Mixed reactions on the development of digital biomarkers and growth of Mindstrong Health
“People with obsessive compulsive disorder could manage their symptoms, including excessive handwashing and contamination fears, by using a “brain training” app, according to its developers.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge in Britain, who tested [Read more…] about Study: One-week brain training can increase cognitive flexibility and reduce OCD symptoms
“Selena Gomez hit the headlines this week when she revealed to ELLE Magazine that, despite being one of the world’s most influential celebrities online with 142 million followers on Instagram alone, she actually has no social media or photo editing apps on her smartphone.
In fact, the only app she does have is Peak, a popular brain-training app.
The Peak app has already reached 40 million downloads worldwide, and Selena Gomez is just part of a growing trend of 20-somethings who are now using apps and games like this for fun, self-improvement and relaxation, rather than just passively browsing online content.”