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D. Henschen
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10/28/2013 | 2:45:03 PM
re: When Smartphones Do Dumb Things
I'm with you, Paul, on "the medicalization of everyday life." Add weight loss to the list of ails that the pharma industry wants to exploit (Abilify, etc). Hey, guy over 50. Want to lose weight, sleep better, clear your mind and improve your libido? Try drinking and eating less, getting off the couch and getting more exercise. It takes a little work, but it's less expensive and will improve your health rather than applying a BandAid out of a bottle.
David F. Carr
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10/28/2013 | 6:48:23 PM
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Who else has a good example of #digitalhealth gone overboard? Trend is still early days, so probably greater excesses to come (along with the intelligent uses).
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:11:15 AM
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While there certainly are more interactive examples these days, I wouldn't say that the trend is in the early days... Ever since WebMD started up in the late '90s, digital hypochondriacs have been enabled! ;)
Shane M. O'Neill
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10/28/2013 | 9:55:43 PM
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Interesting parallel here between mobile apps and prescription meds. Both have the same addictive qualities that prey on hypochondriacs. But both can really solve problems if used correctly.
Joe Stanganelli
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10/29/2013 | 7:08:52 AM
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This is really the same problem that many enterprises are facing in the new world of Big Data, scaled down into a real-life consumer fable. As you point out, Paul, this information can be valuable -- to the people who have the know-how and tools to properly evaluate it. To mere "managers" of the baby, however (i.e., the parents), it would tend to be merely an overwhelming set of numbers that can stifle meaningful action.
melgross
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10/30/2013 | 5:03:56 PM
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You are so wrong about ADHD, though you improperly call it ADD, a term that has been dropped years ago.

Neurologically, children, and some adults, with ADHD, have drain disjunction that can easily be seen in testing. Some children can hardly function without the medication.

Blaming parents for everything is easy, especially for those who don't understand the underlying problems. While you've been writing about healthcare for 30 years, as your bio states, perhaps you should read more, and talk to those who need to deal with these issues.


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