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Happy New Year! Mental health has seen a great increase in awareness in the past years, and this trend will continue in 2024. Fascinating technological advances in depression therapy, using AI, blood testing and self-treatment approaches, are promising additions to this field. But the human factor should not be neglected, as patient empowerment is another major topic in healthcare. Finally, sustainability efforts are taking center stage in medicine as well, with a growing number of institutions offering dedicated measures to reduce the carbon footprint of their respective fields. Enjoy reading!

Article • Technology-based therapy approach

Self-administered brain stimulation as a novel tool for depression treatment

Given the limited success of traditional therapies for depression, recent years have witnessed the emergence of technology-based interventions. One such intervention is transcranial electromagnetic stimulation (TMS).

News • Mental health biomarkers

Could a blood test identify suicidal thoughts?

A new US study suggests a new way to personalize mental health care: They found compounds in the blood of people with depression and suicidal ideation that could be detected using a blood test.

News • Algorithm detects emotional state

AI face detection as support for psychotherapy

A feasibility study by Swiss researchers shows that AI systems are able to reliably predict therapeutic success in patients with borderline personality pathology by detecting emotions on their face.

News • Expert prediction of financial aspects

Why precision medicine will save lives (but not costs)

While genetic information may lead to better treatments, promises of cost savings are unfounded. Instead, a large additional bill is more likely, according to University of Copenhagen researchers.

News • Telemedicine study

Most patients in favor of online GP consultations

The largest-ever study of patient views on online GP consultations saw a strong backing for the new option. Important benefits named were greater convenience and flexibility, but also efficiency.

News • Medical communication

Research shows why doctors should listen more to their patients

Clinicians tend to disregard patient self-assessments for their diagnostic decisions, new research suggests – a mistake that might cause those patients unnecessary harm.

News • Technology assessment

AI in medical research: Promise and challenges

A powerful tool, but the need for human judgment remains: In an editorial published in PNAS Nexus, Monica M. Bertagnolli assesses the promise of AI and machine learning to study and improve health.

News • Life sciences and the environment

New award rewards sustainability in the lab

To recognize and support pioneering efforts in life science laboratory settings, EMBO launches its Lab Sustainability Award. Applications can be submitted soon.

News • Shocking discovery

Can an electric 'nudge' to the head help surgeons operate robots?

Operating a surgical robot is complicated, but now, researchers may have found a surprising way to shorten the learning process: with electricity applied to the head.

News • Fullness simulator

This vibrating, ingestible capsule might help treat obesity

When your stomach is full after a large meal, certain receptors are activated to tell the brain. A newly developed capsule could provoke this fullness signal early, potentially helping with treating obesity.


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