Musings

  • The Pandemic of Medication Adherence

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    Approximately 1 in 10 Americans takes antidepressant medications, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thousands more take other classes of medications to stabilize mood, reduce anxiety, or treat other mental health problems. Despite the widespread use of medication for psychological problems, many individuals fail to take medications as [...]

  • We’re live!

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    It is with great pleasure that we are ready to announce the official soft-launch of our service to help those receiving care for a chronic illness. The initial focus is on mental health, and we have so far created modules for the following conditions: Depression Congestive Heart Failure General Anxiety Bipolar I Bipolar II PTSD [...]

  • Real-Time Data to Improve Treatment Efficacy in PTSD

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    With thousands of veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, public concern and awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is on the rise. But war veterans are not the only individuals at risk for this disorder; according to the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, 6.8% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their [...]

  • 2013 Boston Marathon Response

    It is with heavy hearts that we write today to express our sadness and anger at the events that transpired this afternoon at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Our team is based right across the river from Copley Square, where the explosions took place. Thankfully, none of us chose to enjoy the beautiful [...]

  • Use of Novel Technologies to Improve Health Communication in Depression

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    With approximately one in ten Americans currently suffering from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials are increasingly concerned about monitoring mental health. One of the most commonly cited frustrations of individuals with depression is a lack of strong health communication with care providers. Now, novel technologies such as [...]

  • A Sitcom Speaks True

    I was at home today doing some necessary, but rather boring work. When doing these types of monotonous tasks, sometimes I’ll throw on Netflix to keep from falling asleep. Fortunately, I’ve been watching NBC’s Scrubs recently (goofy, light comedy with a decent continuous story line is great for background viewing), and this clip from Season [...]

  • The Overlooked Effect of Obesity in America: Depression

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    New Research Shows High Fat Diets Cause Brain Changes Similar to Depression With more than one billion overweight adults and 300 million obese individuals worldwide, the prevalence of obesity is at an alarming rate. This epidemic is associated with many physical health conditions, including increased instances of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and many specific [...]

  • Eric Topol on Rock Center

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    Recently a video came across our desk (from one of our grandparents!) because of the relevance of the piece to what we are doing. It is a clip from a Rock Center episode from earlier this year, in which Eric Topol, one of the leading advocates for digital health in the doctor’s office, demonstrates just how adoption of new technologies [...]

  • Prescribing Mobile Health

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    Thoughts on the Happtique Certification Program Despite the periodic detractors, the area of mobile health is clearly a very promising opportunity to improve the health of our nation. We are constantly connected to the rest of the world now, which can help extend the healthy influence of care providers. Furthermore, we are more likely to [...]

  • Valentine’s day for Tolerance

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    It has been quite a while since our last post. We plan on getting back to our main agenda of discussing mobile health shortly, but today want to use this forum to share something quite extraordinary that is happening at a place very close to my heart – my alma mater, Vassar College. At RxApps [...]