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  • A new way for therapists to get inside heads: virtual reality
    By Cade Metz - Friday Aug 4, 2017

    The patient had developed acute anxiety over the cross streets where the crash occurred, unable to drive a route that carried so many painful memories.[...] Jewell, a psychologist in Colorado, treated the patient through a technique called exposure therapy, providing emotional guidance as they revisited the intersection together.Jewell is among a handful of psychologists testing a new service from a Palo Alto startup called Limbix that offers exposure therapy through Daydream View, the Google headset that works in tandem with a smartphone.The service re-creates outdoor locations by tapping into another Google product, Street View, a vast online database of photos that delivers panoramic scenes of roadways and other locations around the world.The service is also designed to provide treatment in other ways, like taking patients to the top of a virtual skyscraper so they can face a fear of heights or to a virtual bar so they can address an alcohol addiction.The hardware and software they are working with is still very young, but Limbix builds on more than two decades of research and clinical trials involving virtual reality and exposure therapy.At a time when much-hyped headsets like the Daydream and Facebook’s Oculus are still struggling to find a wide audience in the world of gaming — let alone other markets — psychology is an area where technology and medical experts believe this technology can be a benefit.“We feel pretty confident that exposure therapy using VR can supplement what a patient’s imagination alone can do,” said Skip Rizzo, a clinical psychologist at the University of Southern California who has explored such technology for 20 years.Barbara Rothbaum helped pioneer the practice at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and her work spawned a company called Virtually Better, which has long offered virtual reality exposure therapy tools to some doctors and hospitals through an older breed of headset.According to one clinical trial she helped build, virtual reality was just as effective as trips to airports in treating the fear of flying, with 90 percent of patients eventually conquering their anxieties.[...] headsets like Google’s Daydream, which works in tandem with common smartphones, and Facebook’s Oculus, the self-contained $400 headset that sparked the recent resurgence in virtual reality technologies, could bring this kind of therapy to a much wider audience.

    Source: Business and Technology News
  • DotCom Therapy Gets Shot at Silicon Valley VCs After Pitch Contest
    By Jeff Buchanan - Tuesday Aug 22, 2017

    DotCom Therapy, a Madison, WI-based startup that has developed software allowing the dozens of therapists it employs to provide remote speech therapy services to schoolchildren, captured first place in one of Wisconsin’s more closely watched pitch competitions on Monday. The contest DotCom Therapy won was the fourth annual “Pressure Chamber,” which is put on by […]

    Source: Xconomy VC, Deals, & Startups Feed
  • This Chatbot Therapist Is Goofy But Helpful 
    By Nick Douglas - Saturday Jun 10, 2017

    I’m very bad at processing my feelings alone. If I don’t want to spiral into anxiety, I need to process with a conversation partner: my wife, my friends, my therapist. But what do I do with all the bullshit little feelings that aren’t worth draining someone else’s time? I’m excited to try offloading this emotional…


    Source: Lifehacker
  • Health plan failure brings dread for Obamacare beneficiaries
    By JAMES ANDERSON and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press - Wednesday Jul 19, 2017

    [...] while Republicans in Congress failed this week to craft a new health care plan, they did succeed in shaking the confidence of those who rely on the act the most.Alison Chandra sobbed with relief Monday night when she heard that the Republican health care plan appeared doomed.[...] Chandra's anxiety swept back when she heard about the GOP effort to repeal the health plan with no replacement.Dawn Erin went to her first round of physical therapy Tuesday to treat painful bladder infections she's suffered for two decades.Physical therapy might seem mundane for some, but the 46-year-old from Austin, Texas, was ecstatic.Erin relies on a government subsidy to help pay for her plan.Alexandra Flores, 29, a library assistant at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, was astonished with Trump's "Let Obamacare fail" declaration and his further insistence that "I'm not going to own it."Trump is acting like those who currently benefit from the ACA are wrong and will be punished for the simple act of having health insurance," Flores said, adding that she feels he's using her health care coverage "as a bargaining chip.Potter was covered under the Affordable Care Act when she unexpectedly became pregnant last year and had bleeding and other complications.AP writers Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Collin Binkley in Boston; Holly Ramer in Concord, New Hampshire; Lindsey Whitehurst in Salt Lake City and Margery Beck in Omaha, Nebraska, also contributed to this report.

    Source: Top News Stories
  • Email And Physical Addresses Used In Global Crisis Network
    Tuesday Aug 8, 2017

    A new worldwide emergency network is based on matching of email and physical addresses.

    Source: Media Post: Email Marketing Daily
  • How Can a Cat Survive a High-Rise Fall? Physics!
    By Rhett Allain - Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

    Cats falling from super-high heights have a greater chance of survival than low-rise falls. That depends on two things: air resistance and apparent weight.

    Source: Webmonkey
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