Health

Apple sponsors a three-year UCLA study on depression and anxiety

Chris Velazco / Engadget With help from Apple, UCLA is launching a new three-year study to understand how factors like sleep and physical activity can impact depression and anxiety symptoms. The study will start this week with a pilot that will involve 150 participants drawn from the UCLA Health medical center. In 2021, the school …

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CDC’s new school guidelines play down risk, play up attendance

Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 2: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes his protective mask before speaking. Getty Images / Pool The Trump administration has been pushing for a return to normal behavior even as the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has shot …

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National COVID-19 exposure server could alert people across states

Adam Berry/Getty Images COVID-19 contact tracing apps will only be effective across borders if states and countries can readily share data, and a collaboration could soon make that happen in the US. iMore reports that Apple, Google, and Microsoft are working with the Association of Public Health Laboratories to launch a national server to store …

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App tracks mental health by studying your phone usage

Chris Velazco/Engadget The smartphone in your hand might be the key to gauging your mental health. Researchers at Dalhousie University have developed (via CBC and Gizmodo) a mobile app, PROSIT, that can detect conditions like anxiety or depression based on how you use your phone. This includes easily-tracked features like exercise, sleep, call frequency, message …

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HBO Max is making a TV series based on relaxation app Calm

Calm HBO Max is working on a new 10-episode series based on popular relaxation and sleep tool Calm. Building on the app’s Sleep Stories, each episode A World of Calm will be about 30-minutes long and will feature “scientifically-engineered” narratives complemented by soothing music and footage. The show will also include a star-studded cast of narrators, …

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Germany’s COVID-19 contact tracing app arrives this week

Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images Germany will be the next big country to launch a COVID-19 contact tracing app. Health Minister Jens Spahn has confirmed that the app is “coming this week,” with reports suggesting that it might be ready as soon as June 16th. Like Italy and some other countries, it’s using a …

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As ‘League of Legends’ summer games begin, the pros talk player health

Today marks the beginning of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) summer split, where 10 North American teams will compete for eight spots in the Playoffs, and the chance to represent the region at Worlds in the fall. LCS games will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the coming months, after Riot …

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Twitter clumsily fact-checks ‘5G corona’ tweets

Sponsored Links Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Twitter is getting more aggressive with the use its fact-checking label — it might even be hard to avoid the label in some cases. Business Insider and others have noticed that Twitter is displaying a “get the facts on COVID-19” link underneath seemingly any tweet that mention 5G and the …

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Amazon workers sue over alleged failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Sponsored Links ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images Amazon is facing more scrutiny over its handling of COVID-19 at its warehouses. Workers at the internet retailer’s Staten Island warehouse have filed a lawsuit (via CNBC) accusing the company of failing to follow CDC and New York state public health guidelines for the new coronavirus, not to …

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France releases a voluntary contact tracing app

Sponsored Links Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters The French government has released a contract tracing app, called StopCovid, to notify people when they’ve been in contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19, as reported by Bloomberg. Usage of the app is entirely voluntary in France, although the effectiveness of contact tracing depends on how …

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