Medicine

UK study finds digital treatment for insomnia more effective than face-to-face therapy

An online self-help programme that helps people sleep better is more effective than face-to-face psychological therapy, a study involving over 7,000 NHS patients has found.

Sleepio, a six-week digital treatment for insomnia, helped 56% of users beat the condition, whereas the success rate in NHS Improving access to psychological therapy (Iapt) services is 50%.

The programme helped insomniacs gain almost six hours more sleep a week, reduced their use of sleeping pills, and cut the number of times they went to the GP or had to take a day off sick from work. It also helped reduce the anxiety and depression that lay behind many participants’ sleeplessness.

The findings have emerged from a study involving 7,078 patients in the Thames Valley, which was overseen by the Oxford academic health science network of doctors, scientists and academics.

“The experiment was a very big success. Using Sleepio had a significant impact”, said

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Infectious Disease Expert Laments ‘Distressing’ Lack Of Masks At Donald Trump Event

Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner expressed dismay at the lack of face masks on display during an event attended by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, what went through his mind when he saw footage of Trump and some of his allies and supporters mask-less and not adhering to social distancing measures during his address at the Double Eagle Energy oil rig in Midland, Texas.

Schaffer pulled no punches in response.

“The three Ds,” he said ― depressing, distressing and dumb.

“That’s just inappropriate,” Schaffner continued. “It shows exactly the opposite of what all those people ought to be modeling across the country. We should be wearing our masks, all of the time.”

“Why are they there in that large group?” he asked. “They shouldn’t be gathering in groups.”

Burnett agreed.

″It doesn’t make

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Fintech Focus For July 29, 2020

Daily Perspective: Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Art Of War

Fintech Movers: Startups like Atomic, Astra, and Canopy are already starting to build gateless, autonomous fintech products. When they arrive, the future of money will look very little like the past. – Forbes

  • TradeZero hits major milestones.
  • Enova will be acquiring OnDeck.
  • Goldman taps AI tech for Marcus.
  • ComplyAdvantage raises $50M.
  • Revolut launches price comparison.
  • Benzinga, Envestnet | Yodlee team.
  • JPM taps Marqeta for card program.
  • Tech partnerships vital to growth.
  • SESAMm accessible via Bloomberg.
  • Nubank buys firm behind Clojure.
  • Israel preps DLT securities lending.
  • Mastercard, Microsoft partner up.
  • Envestnet | MoneyGuide intro tool.
  • Mercado Libre eyes distribution hub.
  • Analysis: E-trading in fixed income.

Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Spotlight:

Every year Benzinga, a leading news and data platform, holds the Global Fintech Awards, a day of dealmaking, networking, and recognition in the financial technology space.

Ahead of the

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Mike Pence Met With Group Behind Viral Coronavirus Misinformation Video

Vice President Mike Pence held a quiet meeting on Tuesday with a group called America’s Frontline Doctors to discuss the use of unproven anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. The meeting came as video of a Monday press conference held by the group was going mega-viral online, racking up tens of millions of views and leading to a widespread effort by social media companies to remove the video and penalize some people who shared it, including one of the president’s sons. 

Pence’s office did not publicize the meeting nor respond to requests for comment, but several members of the group tweeted Tuesday evening that the meeting had just occurred. “Just finished a great meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff,” wrote James Todaro, a member of the group who trained as an ophthalmologist. “We are doing everything to restore the power of medicine back to doctors.

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Donald Trump Calls Doctor in Debunked COVID-19 Video ‘Very Impressive’

Shutterstock; Stella Immanuel/Twitter President Donald Trump (left) and Dr. Stella Immanuel

President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his retweet of a video showing a Houston physician and others making false and misleading claims about the coronavirus disease COVID-19 — including suggesting masks don’t help slow the virus’ spread and that there’s already a cure.

Both assertions have been debunked by medical professionals, including federal health officials.

But Trump (who just last week said wearing masks was “patriotic”) told reporters on Tuesday he was “very impressed” by what Dr. Stella Immanuel had to say in the viral video, which widely circulated on social media beginning with the website Breitbart.

The video, which features Immanuel, was taken down by Twitter and Facebook because of misinformation, the sites said Tuesday, but not before the president retweeted it as well.

“I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s

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10 myths and truths about Clearing

Clearing - Alec Doherty
Clearing – Alec Doherty

A-level results day is stressful enough this year as a result of the pandemic, so having a basic understanding of the university Clearing process in advance can be a very useful tool to have.  

Separate fact from fiction with our helpful UCAS Clearing myth-buster. 

MYTH: Clearing opens on A-level-results day

The 2020 Clearing process was available for use from July 6. If you had already received your exam results, but didn’t have any university offers, you could have used Clearing from this date onwards. IB results were published on July 6, for instance, while Scottish Qualifications Authority results came out on August 4. “The general rule is that, when you’ve got your results, you can use Clearing,” say UCAS. Not all course spaces were available at this earlier stage, though, so you haven’t missed out.

MYTH: Russell Group universities don’t use Clearing

They most certainly do.

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Here’s What the Science Actually Says About Kids and COVID-19

Benjamin Knorr, a 40-year-old single father in Janesville, Wisc., says there’s about a 50-50 chance he’ll send his two teenage sons back to school this fall. His 13-year-old, Aiden, would especially like to get back to his friends, sports, and regular life. But Knorr, an independent contractor, has asthma, and fears that his health and finances would be imperiled if one of his boys brought COVID-19 home from school.

“If the numbers go up in Dane County and Rock County, where I work and live, it’s over. We’re just doing the online school,” Knorr says. “We already got through two months of it, and yeah, it was hard. It was stressful. And yeah, it was more work on my part to come home and do the online schooling with them and stuff. But we can’t be homeless.”

As school districts across the United States decide whether to welcome kids back

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What Recovery From COVID-19 Is Really Like, According To Women Who’ve Had It

For the past six months, most of our attention has been focused on how to avoid catching COVID-19, and how to help the people who do contract it survive. What’s getting less attention is what happens after you’ve recovered from the disease. But as of press time, 2,153,726 people have recovered from coronavirus. And many are experiencing unexpectedly long-lasting and intense symptoms.

“This is a very real issue,” says Paul Pottinger, MD, director of the Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at the UW Medical Center. “Infectious disease doctors around the country have known for a long time that certain viral infections can do this. It’s not unique to COVID, which is good news — it gives me hope.”

While there are no official figures yet on how common persistent symptoms of coronavirus are, Dr. Pottinger says that one in four people who’d had the SARS-CoV-1 virus (which is similar

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The 10 Best Pillows for All Sleeping Positions

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

From Popular Mechanics

As more studies release startling numbers, such as one in three American adults not getting enough sleep, the more sleep technology continues to advance. Products like sleep-tracking smartwatches and even smart beds may make it seem like you have to spend thousands to improve the quality of your Zs; however, upgrading your pillows may actually be the most underrated, relatively inexpensive method. After all, we typically spend at least one third of our time with our head on one.

According to one study by the National Sleep Foundation, only 60 percent of respondents believed that their pillows had an impact on their ability to get quality sleep, while one in four reported that they never or rarely got a good night’s sleep in the past month. The respondents also averaged using two pillows, which indicates that many may use multiple worn out pillows, instead

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People are avoiding going to the doctor

Health experts fear a surge in preventable medical problems, such as high blood pressure, because people are avoiding going to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Health experts fear a surge in preventable medical problems, such as high blood pressure, because people are avoiding going to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up.

But Warren won’t go near a hospital, even though she says her wrist hurts every day.

“If I go back to the hospital, I’ll get COVID. Hospitals are full of COVID people,” says Warren, a former film director and author of the book “How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love With You.”

“Doctors say, ‘Come back for therapy,’ and my answer is, ‘No thank you.’”

Many, many patients like Warren are shunning hospitals and clinics. The

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