Behavioral Economics and Health / Part 1

How a short term pleasure, like a cigarette, trumps having a long life.

A sweet app that can save your life

You are away from home—at work or shopping. Then you realize you forgot your insulin. If home is far, this could be dangerous. And very sad too, considering that 10 percent of the people around you are likely to also be people with diabetes (PwDs). HelpAround, a new free app, helps you reach out to other PwDs around you, giving "social" a whole new meaning.

Two Minutes a Day to Make Your Resolutions Stick

This year you'll make your resolutions stick. For real. Use these three simple and clever steps to make it happen.

There's a Rocket in My Nicoise

When life drops a rocket at you, fight with mindfulness

Cappucinos Can Help Make Babies

See what happens when a fertility doc thinks in terms of "customer intimacy." Hint: there will be cappuccinos involved, alongside top-notch treatment.

Diversity and tatoos

As anyone who ever led a marketing focus group will tell you - the ability to hear different voices, is crucial in order to cater to groups' needs. So What do hemophelia patients want? If they are teenagers, the answer can be very surprising.

What's organ donation got to do with Macy's?

Why do people rush to a Macy's Super Saturday, but postpone signing up as organ donors? A decision scientist helps save lives.

Blue Is the Color of My Genes

If my love of the color blue is predetermined by my genes, do I have a say in the matter? An answer was found at the TEDxKingsCollegeLondon under the theme "Beyond the genes: Identity, health, culture."

Cookies and monopoly to stop the killing

Have you ever been concerned over the fiscal cliff? Global warming? Citizen killing in Syria? Concern hurts you, and helps no one. Find out how to help, making the world a better place, one cookie at a time.

My First Day of Paddle Board Yoga School

Lake Tahoe was peaceful and sunny on my first day of paddle board yoga school. And all was well until I forgot that new skills and habits are acquired one step at a time.

Falling off the Pommel Horse—In Life

Getting on a pommel horse is something most of us will never do. But falling, and learning to accept ourselves when we fall, is an important lesson, not just for gymnasts.

Falling Off the Floss Wagon

"My name is Talya and I'm a non-flosser". "We love you Talya." Or do we? I'm not so sure I love myself when I mean to do something and consistently fail to do it.

How Eggs Are Different From Frozen Waffles

Freezing eggs to preserve fertility is a great technological breakthrough, but...

Making Wishes Come True—Just Do It!

I have so many goals in life: to be a good parent, a dutiful daughter, to save money, to save the planet, to take better care of my health... and many more. But how often do we achieve these goals? Or even try? Here's a little secret on how to succeed.

How Behavioral Economics Can Make You Exercise

Can the pain of losing hypothetical, meaningless points, drive people to exercise? Learn how to harness behavioral economics toward achieving your goals.

Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?

Effective weight watching begins in our heads. Then again, not all weight watching is effective. What are 7 common mistakes dieters' make?

In Doc We Trust

Just like the spouses have to respect each other, and the children have to respect the parents (amen to that!), so does the medicine have to respect the physician. Lessons from Rwanda.

Like Eye Drops to Elephants – a Gadget to the Rescue

The Mother's Day present my mom would use over 3,000 times

Overcoming tabloid medicine - an uphill battle

Can You Trust Your Health to the Internet? If anyone with an opinion on the MMR vaccination - autism conenction a veritable expert? If you think the answer is ‘yes', read more.

A lesson from James Bond - technology is not enough

In James Bond Movies, the good guys win thanks to the right combination between astute comprehension of the human factor, and kick-ass technology. In the world of mobile healthcare, it seems, we have not yet reached this break-even point.  

For mobile and eHealth – outgrowing the baby phase

Not to be a party pooper, but just like Yin and Yang, Will and Grace, budget and cuts, so do success and future challenges go hand in hand. The fledgling mobile and eHealth industry taking their baby steps, are no exception.  

The ‘E’ in ePatients Stands for ‘Emotional’, it Seems

Turning your Facebook buddies to your health and wellbeing rewards—or punishments

Three tips for the mobile healthcare industry

When the mobile healthcare conference ends, the real lesson to developers begins, taught by grumpy old women.

Motivating weight loss moves in mysterious ways

You'd think a doctor would know better than to gain 50 pounds, but sometimes knowledge just isn't enough. Find out what it took for Doctor B. to regain his lifeguard figure. 

Talk to me - before I return to sender

Should we talk to the dying - and what should we say? A new casket offers a cool way to return to sender, and a new project offers what to say before the lid is closed. 

How I singlehandedly created and solved the medical adherence problem

 Not taking medication as prescribed is an epidemic associated with poor health outcomes, and increased costs. I tormented over contributing to the adherence problem and not always picking up my prescriptions, until I realized absolution was one billing code away.

Making miracles - you and me

Does being part of a community only benefit those who are on the receiving side? Notes from a miracle on Lincoln Street.  

Boyfriends, heartaches, backaches?

If Ann's back hurt, why would Dr. Hillel Finestone, MD, ask about her love life? Sometimes, it appears, the two are related. And heartache is not the only reason to seek a physician who is also a pain detective.  

For 50 cents: Eat to be a hundred

This is the sad tale of the missing tomato - and an insight into helping Americans live to be a hundred.  

Nasty surprises, or - what would Jesus do

Even intelligent patients sometimes fail to ask questions. Should doctors provide the answers to unasked questions, or should patients be left to their own devices, often assuming favorable answers rather than inquiring for the truth?