Navigation Links
Preventing and treating drug use with smartphones
Date:2/21/2012

WORCESTER, Mass. Clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) are combining an innovative constellation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, smartphone programming, biosensors and wireless connectivity to develop a device designed to detect physiological stressors associated with drug cravings and respond with user-tailored behavioral interventions that prevent substance use. Preliminary data about the multi-media device, called iHeal, was published online first in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.

According to the study's authors, many behavioral interventions used to treat patients are ineffective outside of the controlled clinical settings where they are taught. This failure can be attributed to several factors, including a patient's inability to recognize biological changes that indicate increased risk of relapse and an inability to change their behaviors to reduce health risk.

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine at UMass Medical School and lead author of the study, worked with colleagues at UMMS and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to design a mobile device using so-called "enabling technologies" that could be used to make behavioral interventions for substance abusers more effective outside the clinic or office environments. The result of their work, iHeal, combines sensors to measure physiological changes and detect trigger points for risky health behaviors, such as substance use, with smartphone software tailored to respond with patient-specific interventions.

Individuals with a history of substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder were asked to wear an iHeal sensor band around their wrist that measures the electrical activity of the skin, body motion, skin temperature and heart rate all indicators of stress. The band wirelessly transmits information to a smartphone, where software applications monitor and process the user's physiolo
'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Fessenden
james.fessenden@umassmed.edu
508-856-2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. VTT searches for novel biomarkers and targets for preventing or treating Type 2 diabetes
2. New study shows promise for preventing preterm births
3. Preventing cancer development inside the cell cycle
4. La Jolla Institute discovers novel mechanism for preventing infection via bodys mucosal borders
5. NIH awards $5.5 million grant to Weill Cornell for research into preventing spina bifida
6. Research identifies genes vital to preventing childhood leukemia
7. Smelly socks could be a key to preventing malaria deaths in the developing world
8. Preventing diabetes damage: Zincs effects on a kinky, two-faced cohort
9. Fluctuations before the fall: Predicting and preventing environmental collapse
10. Major breakthrough in preventing premature birth announced by NIH/WSU
11. Preventing heart problems while keeping a cool head
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/22/2014)... 22, 2014, Cleveland: A type of immune cell ... such as Alzheimer,s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), ... injury (TBI) and may slow the progression of ... today in the online journal Nature Communications ... Trapp, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurosciences ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... the the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which ... recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian ... of it appears in the open-access Journal of ... new species, Conosimus baenai , has been named ... to the taxonomy of Iberian Hemiptera. , Conosimus ...
(Date:7/21/2014)... As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from ... helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome ... is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric ... Nature , point to biological mechanisms and pathways that ... to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Cleveland Clinic researchers discover neuroprotective role of immune cell 2International team sheds new light on biology underlying schizophrenia 2International team sheds new light on biology underlying schizophrenia 3
... with a large-scale "geoengineering" fix, such as having a ... or building tens of millions of chemical filter systems ... But Richard Turco, a professor in ... a member and founding director of UCLA,s Institute of ...
... Rochester have designed a gene that produces a ... in healthy cells., The findings may help address ... ability to specifically and effectively target cancer cells. ... to insert "self-destruct" codes into the modified gene, ...
... Commonwealth University Life Sciences survey shows that eight in 10 ... who want it, and 54 percent say that the benefits ... about genetic research are varied with a plurality of 38 ... known about how to conduct such research safely. About three ...
Cached Biology News:No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 2No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 3No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 4Modified gene targets cancer cells a thousand times more often than healthy cells 2Modified gene targets cancer cells a thousand times more often than healthy cells 3VCU survey: US public supports genetic research, testing and government spending on research 2VCU survey: US public supports genetic research, testing and government spending on research 3
(Date:7/22/2014)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 ... rapid test solutions with the debut of its ... Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting in Chicago, ... based or bench top versions, the HRDR-300 is ... patent pending technology to analyze fluorescent lateral flow ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... Juli 2014 Qforma, ein führender Anbieter ... von Marcus Bergler zum General Manager ... europäischen kommerziellen Aktivitäten von Qforma bereits als Vice ... anschloss, war er in Positionen als VP Vertrieb ... Deutschland bei IMS Health und als Direktor bei ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 ... as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed, selecting medication ... trial and error. Analyzing brain patterns by using electroencephalography ... best result and thus lower the risk of adverse ... Electroencephalography Phenotypes and Biomarkers” in the current issue ...
(Date:7/22/2014)... 22, 2014 The next session of ... 2014 and will comprise of the increasingly popular ‘Base ... TechTrainings is a series of technical hands-on classes for ... them reach the next step in their professional careers. ... taught by Jennifer Kang, Senior Statistician at Genentech and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Holomic to Debut HRDR-300 Fluorescent Immunoassay Reader at the AACC 2014 2Qforma gibt Schaffung des neuen Postens als General Manager in Europa bekannt 2Analyzing Brain Patterns with EEG Can Help Predict Effective Use of Medication 2Analyzing Brain Patterns with EEG Can Help Predict Effective Use of Medication 3Clinovo TechTrainings: Next Session of SAS and CDISC Classes Start 9th September, 2014 2Clinovo TechTrainings: Next Session of SAS and CDISC Classes Start 9th September, 2014 3
... , , , Multiporator , , , , , ... Transfection Protocol , Protocol No. 4308 915.026 11/2001 , ... , , , ... line), , , ...
... , , , Multiporator / Electroporator 2510 , , , , , ... Transformation Protocol , Protocol No. 4308 915.525 01/2002 , ... , , , ... , Cell type , Bacteria, gram positive, ...
... Multiporator / Electroporator 2510 , , , , , , , ... Protocol No. 4308 915.540 07/2002 , , ... , , Microorganism , ... Cell type , Bacteria, gram positive, , ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sp20-Ag14 2Sp20-Ag14 3Nocardia asteroides 2Pediococcus spp. 2
... fast and reliable automation for today's ... development laboratories. Staccato Mini-Workstations offer the ... basic liquid handling and material management ... either Caliper's time proven CLARA™ assay ...
Experion StdSens chips are the microfluidic chips used to perform standard-sensitivity RNA analysis (nanogram levels) with the Experion automated electrophoresis system. Each chip has the capacity to...
... If particles in the submicron range ... development process, measurement and control of particle ... an analyzer that can reliably detect the ... The N5 Submicron Particle Size Analyzer uses ...
...
Biology Products: