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Editor's e-Note
This month’s E-News Exclusive reports on mobile health, also known as mHealth, which is giving individuals access to a wide range of tools and resources creating new approaches for diabetes self-management. Why is this important to social workers? More than 29 million Americans are living with the disease, which itself is debilitating, but depression frequently occurs comorbidly with diabetes and is unrecognized and untreated in many patients with both conditions. Depression in patients with both diabetes and depression can be chronic and severe. Read about how mHealth is helping patients better manage diabetes and hopefully may help them better manage depression.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Mobile Health Enables New Approaches for Diabetes Self-Management
By Susan A. Knight

The prevalence of diabetes has been a worldwide concern for decades. While the number of new cases in the United States has been declining in recent years, there are still more than 29 million Americans living with the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 U.S. adults are newly diagnosed every five minutes.

For people living with diabetes, self-management plays a key role in maintaining good health and reducing the risk of further health complications. In the past, the tools available to support self-management were fairly limited, and patient education revolved around in-person medical visits with a health specialist. This has changed significantly over the past decade, thanks to developments in mobile and wireless technologies. Today, mobile health, also known as mHealth, is giving patients access to a wide range of tools and resources, enabling new approaches for diabetes self-management.

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Tech & Tools
New Apps Designed to Reduce Depression and Anxiety

A suite of 13 speedy mini-apps called IntelliCare resulted in participants reporting significantly less depression and anxiety by using the apps on their smartphones up to four times a day, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The apps offer exercises to destress, reduce self-criticism, and minimize worrying; methods to help your life feel more meaningful; mantras to highlight your strengths; strategies for a good night’s sleep; and more.

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