smoking cessation

By Neil Versel 06:01 am September 10, 2012
Agile Health, maker of an SMS-based smoking cessation program for employers and other group purchasers of health insurance, has raised $2 million in private equity to finance development of a similar offering for diabetes management, according to regulatory filings and published reports. Nashville, Tenn.-based Agile Health disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last...
By Brian Dolan 07:20 am June 1, 2011
Like many state entities, the Rhode Island Department of Health is strapped for cash in these tough economic times. But, since the effects of cigarette smoking on the public's health are not letting up, the department is looking for ways stretch less dollars more effectively through mobile health initiatives. The budget crunches around the state are making traditional marketing too expensive, but...
By Brian Dolan 06:04 am March 9, 2011
Two small studies from researchers at the University of Oregon (UO) and UCLA have shown that text messaging (SMS) is an effective and low-cost way to measure and intervene in urges people have during smoking cessation programs. The two studies used the same group of 27 subjects, who were heavy smokers recruited from the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program in Los Angeles. The...