UMCG study: ‘Mobile app helps against cancer fatigue’

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A study by the University Medical Center Groningen shows that Untire’s mobile app helps to reduce fatigue in cancer. The appp focuses on mentally and physically activating users to break the vicious cycle of fatigue.

The UMCG study was conducted among 800 (former) patients in England, the United States, Australia and Canada who all suffered from severe fatigue.

The Netherlands has more than 900,000 people who have or have had cancer. Fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. Eighty percent of all people with cancer are severely fatigued during treatment in the first year after diagnosis. More than thirty percent suffer from this for much longer, sometimes up to more than ten years later. Fatigue has a very negative impact on their quality of life and prevents them from living their daily life the way they want to.

Less tired, better quality of life

The UMCG study shows that participants who use the app have significantly less fatigue complaints after 12 weeks and experience a better quality of life. People who use the app regularly make the most progress. ‘Using the app three to nine times already leads to good results’, says UMCG researcher Simon Spahrkäs. ‘This makes an accessible mHealth solution such as Untire an effective treatment option in addition to the existing face-to-face therapy or therapist-guided online interventions.’

Help more patients

The app offers psychoeducation, including animations, exercises for increasing physical activity, relaxation exercises, learning to manage energy and daily positive tips. There is also a closed online community for the exchange of experiences.

The Untire app has been designed by psychologists, researchers and patients to help many more tired (ex-) cancer patients than is currently the case.


Unlocking with facial recognition arrives on WhatsApp

Two important news are coming up WhatsApp: what biometric unlock with the face, that is the facial recognition of the user, and the possibility to participate at a later time in a call or group video call. Both new features were introduced in WhatsApp beta for Android.

It is not possible to know when one or both of these novelties will arrive in the definitive and stable app of the instant messaging service of the Facebook group, but it is clear that the WhatsApp engineers are working on it and it is equally clear that these are two novelties that would do happy users. Facial recognition, in fact, would offer a layer of safety in addition on many Android smartphones while the possibility of participating in calls already started would greatly increase the usefulness of WhatsApp and its competitiveness in the now crowded group of video calling app.

WhatsApp: the new unlock with the face

Already today WhatsApp offers biometric recognition as an option lock and unlock the app: going up Settings> Privacy> Fingerprint lock we can set a maximum time beyond which to access the app it is necessary to use the fingerprint.

This feature protects our privacy when, for example, we leave it smartphone unattended on a table in a public place. The fingerprint recognition, however, takes place at the operating system level and not at the app level and, what’s more, there are smartphones that do not have the sensor fingerprints but only use face reading as a biometric parameter for unlocking.

On these smartphones, therefore, today it is unable to block the app of WhatsApp. But it will be in the future if face recognition becomes a stable official app feature. At the moment, however, this feature was only introduced in the beta for Android and there is no news regarding the iOS app.

WhatsApp: join a missed video call

Another very useful function introduced in the beta of WhatsApp for Android is the possibility to participate in a video call or group audio call even at a later time. Self the call is still in progressin fact, it is now possible to enter by tapping on the missed call.

All this is very useful, because it puts WhatsApp on a par with the other video conferencing apps which, however, use a different system to achieve the same purpose: sending a link to the video call, on which the invited user can click to enter the call as long as it is still in progress.

On WhatsApp beta, however, the link is not there but accessing a group call that has already started is even easier. Furthermore, this feature for the Android app is paired with another that just appeared in the latest beta of WhatsApp Web: now also on WhatsApp for Web we can make calls and video calls.


Nina Zilli, me positive for covid, infected perhaps at dinner – Music

Singer Nina Zilli joins the long list of VIPs who tested positive for the coronavirus. The same artist makes it known in a series of stories on her Instagram profile in which she also tells how she could have become infected, and this is her reconstruction: “Most likely I took him to a dinner. The whole restaurant was without a mask, because when you eat … Here, I advise you not to go to the restaurant, not to stay in crowded closed places. I have quarantined myself, but I advise you to stop social life this and next week. I did everything to not take it , I swear to you.
Yet it is beyond our control. “
In another post he writes: “Today I am #cleopatra, you always need a bit of self-irony and coolness induced by an app, when luck is blind and bad luck sees very well. I put myself in my” sarcophagus “and wait for the next reincarnation “.
Nina Zilli also tries to play down on Instagram the news of her positivity to Covid-19: “I have Covid. In the last 5 days: 2 negative swabs, 1 negative serological. And after an hour of negative serological … I got a fever “, already in isolation, he told his followers that he had done everything to avoid contagion, and that he had undergone several times a swab and serological examination (always paid out of his own pocket, doubling the analyzes on the occasion of his hosted on TV ): “I was clearly doing it to protect my family, even before me. Know that it didn’t work.”