The doubling of depression meds, and hope in web and mobile platforms for talk therapy

The use of anti-depressant medications nearly doubled between 1996 and 2005, according to an analysis published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. In 2005, 10.1% of Americans used anti-depressant meds, compared with 5.8% in 1996. A key trend underneath the dramatically increased use of anti-depressant meds was the decline in talk […]

Share
Read full story Comments { 0 }

Health and prevention are in green grocers, jungle gyms, and walkable towns

A health reform bill coming out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee includes a few billion dollars for health prevention. The bill will, “pave sidewalks, build jungle gyms and open grocery stores, but it won’t bring down health care costs or make quality coverage more affordable,” Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) told […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Electronics and cameras are more innovative than pharmaceuticals, according to most Americans

iPods and iPhones, Flip videos and pocket-sized digital cameras are way-cool and innovative. Pharmaceuticals? Not so much. According to Ipsos’s survey into global consumers’ perceptions of what’s innovative, the top which at least 1 in 2 Americans find innovative are electronic media, computers, cameras and video equipment. Household products are ranked innovative by about 1 […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Health, love and saving money in the recession – insights from ING Direct

Americans love their cars, their houses, and their food. Based on a survey by ING Direct, the financial services company, these are the last 3 things we would sacrifice to save money. On the other hand, the most dispensable things for Americans include day care/nannies, cleaning services, education, and gifts. Women would be more likely […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Are health info seekers sharing less with doctors?

“Internet provides public with health care information that they value and trust and which often stimulates discussion with their doctors,” concludes the latest Harris Poll into cyberchondria, a term that the organization began using in 2002. But Harris Poll’s survey yields a different conclusion for me that I think is a sign of the times: […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }