obesity

By Brian Dolan 12:00 am March 8, 2010
"There is a growing awareness of the opportunity that mobile has for healthcare," Dr. John Mattison, assistant medical director and chief medical information officer (CMIO), Kaiser Permanente Southern California told MobiHealthNews in an interview at HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta last week. "When we spoke last December, that much was clear. What has not gotten recognition is that mobile health can have a...
By Brian Dolan 12:03 pm January 27, 2010
MiLife, a start-up that Unilever Corporate Research (UCR) spun out in 2008, announced $4 million in new funding followed by a name change and new strategy. MiLife has changed its name to Imperative Health and shifted its focus to chronic disease management, especially: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol. Unilever Ventures and New Venture Partners participated in the...
By Brian Dolan 10:08 am November 23, 2009
It's the week of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. -- a holiday that typically includes over-indulging on turkey, root vegetables and pie followed by a short food induced coma. 'Tis the season, but for those who would like to keep track of their calories this week, there are plenty of smartphone applications to help you do so. Here's a quick run-down of apps available for various smartphones -- some...
By Brian Dolan 09:52 am November 10, 2009
The 3G Doctor reports that the GSM Association has published its Mobile Manifesto for Europe, which explains the association's vision for the European mobile industry. Part of the manifesto includes a promise to “put in place a long term strategy for mobile use in healthcare” and to “provide confidence around investment for national health authorities,” according to the 3G Doctor blog. Here's the...
By Brian Dolan 08:20 am July 29, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the medical costs of treating obesity-related diseases topped $147 billion in 2008, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. During the past decade that cost of treating obesity effectively doubled: The medical costs associated with obesity were pegged at $74 billion in 1998. The number of obese people in the U.S. rose ...
By Brian Dolan 08:52 am July 28, 2009
The way that we listen to music these days is completely different from the way it used to be; the way we communicate via electronic messaging is also very different; so is the way we read books thanks to devices like Amazon's Kindle, explained The West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol at the Qualcomm Smart Services Summit in San Diego this morning. "Wouldn't it be natural -- knowing...
By Brian Dolan 09:55 am June 18, 2009
Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of Southern California researchers have developed a wireless body area network (BAN) that they plan to leverage to help overweight and obese teenagers adhere to their daily fitness regimens.  The USC team's BAN consists of an accelerometer, heart rate monitor, GPS device and a sensor that measures electrical...
By Brian Dolan 06:19 am April 14, 2009
Chris Hall has a helpful post on CrumpleItUp that lists eleven iPhone applications that put a "dietician in your pocket" and help track calories and more advanced analyic tools. Here's Hall's list, which is organized by cheapest to most expensive app: 1. Lose It! (Free) Distinguishing feature: Set daily calorie budgets and track your progress. 2. Sensei for Weight Loss (Free to Members)...
By Brian Dolan 08:43 am April 4, 2009
During his keynote at CTIA, Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol outlined a top ten list for conditions and diseases that are already benefiting from wireless health services or soon will. Here's Topol's Top Ten (in alphabetical order) with a figure of the number of Americans affected by each condition or disease. Did he miss any notable opportunities? Top Ten Targets for Wireless Medicine Alzheimer's...
By Brian Dolan 07:29 am April 3, 2009
At the BodyNets conference here in Los Angeles, Rice University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Lin Zhong just shared a quick synopsis of two of his institution's wireless health projects: childhood obesity monitoring and oral hygiene monitoring. Zhong described a pilot program Rice carried out to monitor obese children's activity levels and how they correlate to...