Digital Health Science Digest: Issue 5

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New research calls a common weight loss recommendation into question, cancer detection by voice…?, and a new funding opportunity!

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Issue 5



  • A company called Kijini is developing technology that may be able to detect cancer by analyzing a patient’s voice. Sound too good to be true? Click here to learn more; we’ll let you be the judge! 

  • Workplaces are using #digitalhealth programs like Omada’s Prevent to help their employees prevent diabetes, according to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek. H/T to Katie at Smashing Boxes for this one!

  • The American Academy of Family Practitioners has developed an acronym to help providers identify what digital apps work best: SPPACES stands for: Source of the app (who developed the content), Platform (iPhone? Android? both?), Pertinence (is it regularly useful?), Accuracy, Cost, Ease of Use, and Sponsors.


  • The White House is launching a new preventive health campaign today! It’s called Healthy Self and is aimed at those who are newly insured under ObamaCare. The goal is to promote healthy living and to highlight preventive services available for the newly insured. Post your own photo with #HealthySelfie just like we did!

  • We’re not planning a party quite yet, but House Republicans delivered a budget proposal to the President this week that includes a $1.1 billion increase in funding for the NIH, and $140 million increase in funding for the CDC. 

  • The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to expand its Lifeline program to include  broadband subsidies to rural and low-income consumers. Lifeline was established by the Reagan administration in 1985 to provide low cost telephone service to qualifying Americans. 


  • A retrospective study of a telemedicine clinic for active duty US Army soldiers found that telemedicine was safe and effective in lowering A1C levels among those soldiers with type 1 diabetes.

  • Should we be asking people to  share their exercise goals on (social media) public forums? Maybe not, new research suggests.

  • A recent systematic review of mobile phone weight loss programs for teens finds that while many studies noted within-group weight losses, no significant between-group differences were found across most of the studies. 

  • A mobile-phone positioning system in Sweden that notified lay volunteers trained in CPR when someone was in cardiac arrest was associated with significantly increased rates of bystander CPR, according to this study published in NEJM. On a related topic, bystander CPR is really really important and something everyone should learn, according to our recent blog post


  • The Human Development Innovation Fund is calling all innovators in education and health to apply for their 2nd round of funding for projects in Tanzania. Applicatins due August 14th. More details on their website

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