September 16, 2021
"'Technology today provides opportunities for mental health treatment that were historically impossible,'" says Cora B. Richter, associate clinical director for Rappore, a company that provides digital mental health services."
September 1, 2021
"The medical world’s understanding of the value of socialization is undergoing a major reappraisal right now. More physicians, like Dr. Subramanian, are calling for 'social prescribing.'"
May 28, 2021
“'A resilient, physically active lifestyle can be cultivated via two strategies,' Pagoto and Conroy wrote." Find out here!
April 8, 2020
"According to the CDC, 42% of adults in the United States are obese and that number is still climbing. [...] Weight is a very sensitive subject, but it needs to be addressed."
March 5, 2021
Doctors and techies are clashing at digital health companies, and one start-up exec is seeking a fix
"Doctors often join tech companies after working at hospital systems that can be very hierarchical, a sharp contrast to Silicon Valley, where work environments are more open and projects tend to be consensus-driven."
March 1, 2020
“'Each of us is a domino, but you can’t knock one over without knocking over many more. If you get infected, it is because the domino before you did, and just like that domino knocked you over, you will knock over the next one, and so on.'"
February 26, 2021
"All of this time on Zoom is giving us more time to look into what is essentially a mirror," says Dr. Sherry Pagoto.
February 16, 2021
"The reliance on Zoom for work and school during the COVID-19 pandemic could be exacerbating serious psychological issues, experts say."
December 29, 2020
"Society yearns for normalcy. Recapturing it will depend on widespread vaccine acceptance. And vaccine acceptance, experts say, is something sports figures can help foster in a variety of ways."
December 14, 2020
"Public health leaders and campaigns strategically encouraged and recruited those with large online followings to use their platforms for good."
November 17, 2020
"'I began to wonder: Can we create online communities using social media platforms to actually deliver evidence-based lifestyle interventions?'" says Dr. Sherry Pagoto.
November 4, 2020
"Social media can be used to learn about new treatments, research, clinical trial opportunities and information about comorbidities."
October 20, 2020
UConn researcher receives CDC grant to develop social media-based intervention to prevent gun injury
University of Connecticut School of Social Work assistant professor Caitlin Elsaesser received an award "to research how social media conflict contributes to youth firearm violence and develop a social media-based intervention to address this pressing issue."
October 15, 2020
"Julia Marcus, Stefan Baral and more than 100 other scholars call on college leaders to take a more humane approach to students during COVID-19."
October 14, 2020
"Infodemiology seeks to understand how misinformation and conspiracy theories spread like a disease through a free-wheeling democracy like America's, with the ultimate goal of understanding how to stem its spread."
October 7, 2020
"So far, there is no unified national coordinated plan from higher education on how to handle the spread of the coronavirus on university campuses across the United States."
October 7, 2020
"Here are mental health experts' tips for addressing anxiety and practicing self-care during election season (because even the pros need help right now)."
October 6, 2020
"In order to better grasp the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crash Course team enlisted the help of professors who taught a free, one-credit class on the pandemic during UConn’s summer term."
September 22, 2020
"If you’ve been on Facebook the last few years, you’ve probably had an experience like this: You’re scrolling your news feed and you see that a family member or friend has posted something that you highly doubt is true."
August 30, 2020
"The big picture: The close to 2,000 campuses trying to reopen this fall are finding that it's nearly impossible to prevent outbreaks when you bring together thousands of undergraduates who've been starved of social contact all summer."
August 21, 2020
"Shame and fear aren't the best motivators for public health campaigns, experts say. But colleges take that approach amid COVID-19 outbreaks as campuses reopen."
August 18, 2020
"Colleges confront what it means to bring students back to campuses as their fall plans become realities. Will many institutions make it through the fall without outbreaks?"
August 12, 2020
"U.S.-based colleges and universities continue to struggle with how they will receive students while containing the spread of COVID-19."
July 27, 2020
As UConn plans for reopening in midst of coronavirus pandemic, students prepare for new college experience
"As UConn prepares to reopen in the fall, students balance a desire to return to campus with realistic expectations of what campus life will allow for during COVID-19."
July 17, 2020
Dr. Sherry Pagoto "recommends all institutions conduct focus groups for students to better understand their concerns and ideas for returning to campus."
July 9, 2020
"A common misconception is that young people with COVID-19 don’t die and therefore college re-openings pose little risk. Sadly, this isn’t the case. COVID-19 deaths in the young are rare, but they happen."
June 3, 2020
So you want to have a virtual conference? Here's a UConn professor who did it -- and is planning to do it again
"Professor Sherry Pagoto talks about the challenges - and benefits - of hosting a multi-day academic conference entirely online."
May 26, 2020
"What should you do if you spot people sharing falsehoods on social media? And is there a way to convince them otherwise?"
May 18, 2020
“'By understanding what makes a positive home learning environment, universities can help students make choices about whether online learning is right for them,'" -Nathaniel Brown, professor of mathematics
January 8, 2020
"Despite all of the known health risks, tanning beds can be found at more than three-quarters of some of the country's biggest fitness chain."
January 7, 2020
"More than three-quarters of commercial gyms surveyed offered tanning beds, undermining public health warnings about the dangers of indoor tanning, according to a study of three of the largest U.S. gym chains."
January 6, 2020
"Fitness chains across America are offering tanning beds as an added amenity for some memberships despite the reported risk for malignant melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer."
December 23, 2019
"'To me, it's an oxymoron to go to a gym or health club to be healthy, only to then use a tanning bed and severely damage your skin.'" -Dr. Deborah Sarnoff
December 20, 2019
“'Because people associate gyms with health, gyms are essentially putting a ‘health halo’ on tanning beds.'" -Dr. Sherry Pagoto
December 20, 2019
"Little is known about how pervasive the presence of tanning beds is in gyms. In seeking better understanding, Pagoto's team sampled locations from three of the six largest national gym chains in the United States -- Anytime Fitness, Gold's Gym, and Planet Fitness."
July 29, 2019
"In about 20 countries around the world, men who have sex with other men are banned from giving blood altogether."
May 20, 2019
"This may sound obvious, but a new study makes it clear: Don’t use recipes you find online to make homemade sunscreen."
May 8, 2019
While 'the prevailing belief' is that urban areas are hotbeds for weight gain and sedentary habits, The Verge reported the truth is that more than 55 percent of the rise in obesity from 1985 to 2017 came from rural areas."
November 17, 2018
"Let’s be honest: Physical activity guidelines can be tough. As behavioral scientists with expertise in exercise motivation, we will be the first to admit that maintaining a physically active lifestyle isn’t easy."
November 13, 2018
"The guidelines recommend that all adults do at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity at an intensity that elevates the heart rate."
November 8, 2018
“'A lot of family life depends on negotiation. People who are facing scarcity of time or money do not have those skills.'" -Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington
October 22, 2018
"Exercising regularly — whether at a health club or elsewhere — is one of the most effective ways to improve your health. But plenty of gyms, according to a recent study, have tanning beds, which many experts advise people to avoid."
July 26, 2018
"A single indoor tanning session raises the risk of melanoma by about 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year increases the risk by about 2 percent."
July 19, 2018
"Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that tanning bed addictions can be encouraged by gyms."
July 18, 2018
"While a visit to the gym followed by a relaxing tanning session might sound to some like just two facets of self-care, Sorrentino and his fellow GT aficionados are placing themselves at higher risk of skin cancer every time they get into a tanning bed or booth."
July 18, 2018
"Gyms market themselves as the holy grail of health, a place to go to turn your life around for the better. But more than half of US gyms also promote an addictive habit that could give you cancer: tanning beds."
July 18, 2018
“'These facilities are offering their customers one very healthy behavior and one very unhealthy behavior under the same roof,'” says the lead author, Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D"
July 18, 2018
"Many gyms offer access to tanning beds, a known carcinogen, to their patrons. We would be astounded if gyms provided tobacco to patrons, so we must pose serious questions to gyms who provide ultraviolet radiation."
May 30, 2018
"If the digital health space does not start embracing transdisciplinarity, it risks further widening the hype-evidence gap."
May 23, 2018
"Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, went before lawmakers in Europe this week to address concerns about the social media site and the collection of user data."
Mar 02, 2018
"In spite of how far technology has come in quantifying everything the body does, we have not seen long term engagement and we have pretty tepid data regarding behavior change."
Feb 28, 2018
"What people choose to eat doesn’t just affect their waistlines, but maybe also the way they think and feel, according to a growing body of research."
Jan 19, 2018
"What if the problem was actually not how we quantify behavior with technology but rather how we use, measure, and analyze behavior change data?"
Nov 17, 2017
"As a clinical psychologist, I get asked this question all the time. The short but unsatisfying answer is 'it’s complicated.'"
Nov 8, 2017
"Indoor tanning appears to be more addictive for men than women, even though they use tanning beds less than females, a new study finds."
Nov 3, 2017
"The stereotypical indoor tanner is a young woman, but men tan, too. And while men may use tanning beds less often than women, new research has found they do it in riskier ways."
Aug 28, 2017
"Fitbit’s new premium guidance and coaching offering launches with Fitbit Coach, Audio Coaching sessions and Guided Health Programs which offer dynamic, personalized and goal-based curriculums to drive positive health outcomes."
June 8, 2017
"The number of U.S. adults using indoor tanning machines decreased by a third between 2010 and 2015, a recent study suggests."
Dec 26, 2016
"Scientists have designed a smartphone app that may help in the fight against obesity. While apps that aim to assist with weight loss are not new, this app — known as SlipBuddy — takes a unique three-pronged approach to combat overeating."