Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 26

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Could the most effective digital health apps be the ones we don’t see at all? If you use it, do you lose it?

The Digital Health Science Digest is a bimonthly newsletter compiled by Duke Digital Health. We bring you the most interesting research publications, policy news, and other fun digital health science stuff.  

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Issue 26



  • Wearables: they’re not just for physical activity anymore! A new report highlights 30 corporations that are using wearables in novel ways, such as: preventing injury, continuous glucose monitoring, and as part of workplace wellness interventions.


  • A 100-day global mHealth event called Stepathlon helped worksite-based teams across 64 countries get more physical activity, decrease time spent sitting, and lose weight! The study also looked at predictors of weight loss. 
  • In this edition of, “you use it, you lose it,” a recent study in PLoS One of thousands of individuals reports a positive association between using physical activity trackers and tracking diet intake more often, and losing more weight. 


  • Curious about the intersection of policy, precision medicine, and digital health? Dr. Bill Riley, the Director of the OBSSR at NIH will give a keynote address on Applications of mHealth to Precision Medicine during our mHealth@Duke Conference. 

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  • Did we mention we’re hosting the mHealth@Duke conference? Register today!
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has issued a Challenge: Addiction Research: There’s an App for That. It is aimed at coders, data scientists, addiction researchers and physicians to develop a novel mobile app for addiction research. The deadline is April 29th and prizes range from $20,000 – $50,000.


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