MOBILE MOOD HELPEr
Psychologists at the University of Reading monitoring mood over time
have launched a free iPhone app to help helps people seek treatment,
people with depression get direct access contributing to crucial
to help without needing to go to their GP. research which could help
Developed as part of a PhD research health authorities provide
project, the app, called Mood Mate, was better treatments in the
launched on October 10, World Mental future.
Health Day. The free app helps people The app is the brainchild
monitor their own mood and will help of Alex Gyani, a researcher
detect signs that they are becoming in the Department of
depressed or anxious. If the app finds a Psychology at the University
person could benefit from help, it will point of Reading, who says, “We
them towards local treatment services, hope it will enable us to find
often ones that they can access without new ways to help people suffering from people could be suffering from a common
first going to their doctor. mental health problems in the UK get the mental health disorder at any given time.
On a PhD programme funded by psychological treatments that have been But many people are not accessing
the Medical Research Council and shown to work.” treatment that has been shown, in clinical
the Economic and Social Research More people than ever are suffering trials, to be effective.
Council, the Mood Mate app collects from stress, anxiety and depression. Mood Mate is available to be
data anonymously to analyse whether National surveys have found that 1 in 6 downloaded free from iTunes.
NEW PUMP HITS US MArKET
Tandem Diabetes Care has introduced
the first touch screen insulin pump, the
t:slim Insulin Pump. It’s the only insulin
pump with a touch screen approved by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
It has the footprint of a credit card, the
look of a smart phone, and is up to 25%
slimmer than other 300-unit pumps.
There’s no complex menu or excessive
button pressing, the colour touch screen
is the window to an easy-to-use interface.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. is a
privately held company dedicated to
advancing the management of diabetes
through novel technologies.