How digital therapeutics are changing how we care for ourselves

High blood pressure? There ’s an app for that. Diabetes? There’s an app for that, too. Want to quit smoking? Keep track of your exercise? Is your anxiety getting the better of you? There are apps for all of those health issues, hundreds of thousands of apps. Developers at Blue Shield of California have rolled out a ne w, enhanced Wellvolution website — Wellvolution Next — that brings together roughly 40 of the best “digital therapeutics” applications in one place where members can…
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We present the case of a 59-year-old woman with third-grade obesity and severe comorbidities including osteoporosis, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, night eating following bariatric biliary-intestinal bypass surgery, severe fibromyalgia, poly-arthrosis, lumbar disc herniation in L5S1, sleep disorders and sleep apnea syndrome, and emotional disorders with anxiety and depression, who suffered from chronic pain unresponsive to a combination of multiple analgesics. After a period of metabolic and nutritional rehabilitation, analgesic treatment with tapentadol prolonged release (PR) was started and gradually incr...
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
Context: Asthma significantly affects patients’ quality of life (QOL), particularly when it is severe and/or uncontrolled. Data are limited about the burden and the QOL comparing uncontrolled and controlled asthmatic patients.Objective: To compare the burden and the QOL between severe uncontrolled asthma and moderate/severe controlled patients.Method: Observational, cross-sectional, multicenter study among pneumologists conducted in France in 2018. Validated questionnaires: asthma control (ACQ), quality of life (EQ5D, AQLQ), anxiety/depression (HAD), productivity impairment (WPAI) were used.Results: 43 pneumologists ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Airway pharmacology and treatment Source Type: research
This study will report the results of a series of descriptive and survival analyses compare an exposure of COPD in people over 40 years old (N=22,942) to predict the outcomes of: heart failure, depression, anxiety, coronary artery disease, diabetes, anemia, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, underweight, and osteoporosis while controlling for EHR status of: smoking, age, sex, and rurality. Results will be computed in March 2019. By the date of the ERS Congress 2019, we will be able to report the results of the aforementioned analyses, which will demonstrate the utility of using large EMR datasets to illustrate comorbid ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: General practice and primary care Source Type: research
Conclusion: Comorbidities do have impact on healthcare use by COPD patients, being related to higher numbers of ED visits and hospitalizations. However, when focusing on healthcare use due to respiratory conditions alone, they appear to play a less decisive role.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Monitoring airway disease Source Type: research
Conclusions: The follow-up after discharge in specialized units of tobacco cessation is very low, yet the efficacy of the treatment per year was high.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tobacco, smoking control and health educ. Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study suggests that smoking may have a greater impact on the development of stroke (p = 0.012) and HBP (p = 0.025). Smoking also has an impact on the development of AMI, but on a smaller scale (p=0.042). Higher PY values are also influencing the development of CVD (p = 0.035). There was no statistically significant variation between the two groups in the development of DM2.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tobacco, smoking control and health educ. Source Type: research
Context: Asthma significantly affects patients’ quality of life (QOL), particularly when it is severe and/or uncontrolled. Data are limited about the burden and the QOL comparing uncontrolled and controlled asthmatic patients.Objective: To compare the burden and the QOL between severe uncontrolled asthma and moderate/severe controlled patients.Method: Observational, cross-sectional, multicenter study among pneumologists conducted in France in 2018. Validated questionnaires: asthma control (ACQ), quality of life (EQ5D, AQLQ), anxiety/depression (HAD), productivity impairment (WPAI) were used.Results: 43 pneumologists ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Airway pharmacology and treatment Source Type: research
After a stroke, the main goal is to get back home and be as independent as possible. To achieve that goal, most stroke rehabilitation centers focus on helping people to regain lost function, such as the inability to use a hand, to speak, to swallow, or to walk. A great deal of effort is put into functional recovery so that the patient can go home safely and adequately perform activities of daily living (ADLs). There is little effort put into aerobic exercise and conditioning in most stroke rehabilitation programs. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA)...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Exercise and Fitness Hypertension and Stroke Source Type: blogs
The objective of this study was to evaluate associations between marijuana use and the prevalence, severity, and rate of occurrence of tinnitus.Study designCross-sectional analysis of nationally representative data.SettingNational Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011–2012.Subjects and methodsStatistical analysis was performed on data collected from 2705 non-institutionalized adults aged 20–69 who underwent audiometric testing and were administered questionnaires about hearing, drug use, current health status, and medical history.ResultsThe use of marijuana at least once per month for the previous 12 m...
Source: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
ConclusionsA history of MST is common among older women veterans and associated with a range of medical and mental health diagnoses. These findings call attention to the need for additional research in this understudied population, and the importance of trauma-informed care approaches for women across the lifespan.
Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
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