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bump2bump: the role of technology in first time motherhood

ucjubil16 May 2017

By: Nikki Newhouse, a PhD student at University College London

Becoming a parent is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges a person can face. From one day to the next, a new mum is managing the steepest of learning curves, the new burden of responsibility, physical discomfort and sleep deprivation. No matter how many antenatal classes you attend, books you read and ‘poonami’ horror stories you hear, nothing can quite prepare you for the reality of life with a newborn. (more…)

Behaviour change for when you can’t stop getting worse

ucjubil4 April 2017

By Dr Andrew McNeill, a researcher at PaCT Lab in Northumbria University

Doris vacantly stared at the Sudoku puzzle on her iPad. She used to love doing these puzzles; her daughter said they would help keep her mind active. It had worked for a while, but now the time it took her to complete them was getting longer. The system calculated a score based on the time taken to complete the puzzles and then told her every week how agile her mind was. At first, she was excited by her progress. But for the past few months, when she looked at the chart of her progress, all she saw was a steady decline. It was a visible reminder that she was getting old. She wondered if it was the onset of dementia. (more…)

Digital weight management aids- we need guidance, not more apps.

ucjubil14 March 2017

By Mia Campbell, a postdoctoral researcher in health psychology


In a blog post aptly named “Digital Health or Digital Hell’’ on the 10th of January this year, Dr Julia Bailey expressed concerns over the enormous number of digital aids available to assist with adopting various health behaviours. A sizeable chunk of those technologies aim (and claim) to help with weight management, be it dietary regulation or broader self-regulatory behaviours related to weight control.  As a rule, (but not always), weight management apps tend to be eye-pleasing and well thought out in terms of presentation, colours and functionality.  But research suggests that their content is very rarely evidence and theory-based and sometimes may even provide outright fake information (e.g. placing your phone on your stomach to break up fat cells through the vibrate function).  In my field of research- yoyo dieting – you are most likely to encounter savvy, experienced dieters, who have become experts in their own weight loss. While they are unlikely to buy into such dubious solutions, dieters are likely to try apps that appear to present legitimate advice.


Be He@lthy, Be Mobile: Mobilizing the Global NCD Response

ucjubil7 March 2017

By Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance


Let’s be clear: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise. Health systems are straining at the seams, already unable to cope with the tide of people suffering from these conditions and their complications. NCDs cover a broad range of health problems: diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and mental and neurological disorders. Cries from citizens and politicians for increased health system funding or restructuring of service delivery too often go unanswered in developed and developing nations alike. If these trends are to be reversed, we need to look at using a dual approach of micro and macro forces: empowering individuals to make good health choices, and creating environments which allow them to do so.