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Classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition is premature, experts have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) included "gaming disorder" in the latest revision of its disease classification manual, describing it as a pattern of persistent gaming behaviour so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests". However, experts…
Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
Fitness trackers could help improve survival among cancer patients who fake feeling well to please their doctor, a study suggests. Apps that record the amount of time people are in bed or "up and active" give clinicians a clearer picture of the patient's health, ensuring they are given the most…
Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, along with information about patients' habits and genetics, will be cross-referenced with national data to spot those at an…
Following the success of last year’s Local Investment Programme, NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services. A share of the £1m funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the LGA, with…
Emergency services can instantly assess patients from afar using live video streaming technology.A new feature on the GoodSAM platform enables medics to initiate a video link with 999 callers, allowing them to determine the severity of casualties before arriving on scene.Two air ambulance services have begun using the technology, which…
Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time. The technology…
The Scottish Government has launched a new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy that sets out how technology can support person-centred care and help to not only sustain but improve services for the future. The new strategy has been developed over the past year, and its aims and priorities have…
Social care should take inspiration from apps like Uber to offer individualised services for people who need support, according to experts. The sector desperately needs a "creative disruption" that will encourage people to manage their care according to their own needs, the incoming President of the Association of Directors of…
Heart imaging software which could save tens of thousands of patients from undergoing invasive tests are among the latest medical innovations to receive NHS backing. The technology, which creates a 3D model of the heart to help doctors diagnose coronary artery disease, is one of four products "fast-tracked" into use…
Norfolk County Council is planning to step up the use of assistive technology in social care, with an emphasis on existing products likely to include devices using Amazon Alexa software. It is reviewing the technologies available and a proposal has gone through its Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee to approve…
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