Mobile Phone Health Management

Technology is even in the works to make truly mobile diabetes management, with sensors attached to a phone that can measure and transmit biological data such as blood glucose levels

Oftentimes, the true impact of an innovation isn’t understood until it has been around for awhile. When cell phones were first introduced, and as their usage began to proliferate, they simply seemed like incredibly convenient things to have at hand. Only recently, as mobile phone applications expand and diversify, are we beginning to appreciate the many ways these slim devices can have an effect on our lives.

Obviously, mobile phones are convenient for their primary use: making calls when away from home. But they’ve changed our lives in ways few of us anticipated. We’ve gone from phone calls to text messaging to having our e-mail forwarded right into our pockets. Concerned parents have progressed from an easy way to reach independent-minded teenagers to double-checking their location through GPS tracking in phones. People with medical concerns can utilize mobile phone health management, reporting or reviewing test results via their cell phones. Technology is even in the works to make truly mobile diabetes management, with sensors attached to a phone that can measure and transmit biological data such as blood glucose levels. We utilize these handy machines to organize our lives: calendars and reminders help us remember appointments, alarm clocks are set to make sure we arise or leave on time, and the assorted phone numbers for our necessary contacts, from good friends to the neighborhood pizza joint, are stored in our contact lists. If you don’t think we’ve come to rely on mobile phones, just remember the desperation and slight panic you felt last time you misplaced yours.

As with any innovation, there are drawbacks. Who’s to say if we’re reducing our brainpower, now that we no longer rely on our own memories for phone numbers? Simple skills required in an emergency, such as changing a tire, are no longer developed because they’re so rarely needed. Why get out the jack when you can simply call your motor club? In the past, leaving the office usually meant leaving work behind. Now, it’s a lot more difficult to be unreachable. Clients, bosses—even parents!—expect their messages to be returned in short order.

Yet, most of us are willing to subject ourselves to these demands in return for the incredible convenience of mobile communication. Who knows where it will take us next?

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

Public Domain
Mind & Brain
  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
Keep reading Show less
Promotional photo of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones
Surprising Science
  • It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
  • In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
  • The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
Keep reading Show less

Want to age gracefully? A new study says live meaningfully

Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.

Surprising Science
  • A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
  • Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
  • The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Keep reading Show less