Wellness Apps – Are They Good For My Health?

Over the past 10 years, the boom in smartphones has led to a similar surge in all types of smartphone apps, particularly disease and wellness-related apps. By 2014, there were already over 40,000 of such apps available with the number probably approaching or surpassing 100,000 today. Industry estimates are that by 2018, over 50% of the more than 3 Billion … Read More

Too Little Sleep: It Ain’t Pretty!

All of us have noted at one time or another that someone we know looks “tired”.  We often don’t give it a second thought but we are quite good at assessing someone’s sleep condition just by observing them.   As we have discussed in previous blogs, Americans generally don’t get enough sleep.  A 2014 Gallup survey (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index) of … Read More

Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease, The Chicken or The Egg?

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of research linking sleep disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Anybody who has taken care of people with AD knows that the patients have very abnormal sleep patterns. The big question researchers have been asking lately is whether the sleep disorder is due to AD alone, or could sleep disorders, in … Read More

Are Fitness Trackers Fit to Track Your Fitness? Part 3: Sleep Tracking

Welcome to the third part of this series examining: are fitness trackers fit to track your fitness? In this three-part series, we are reviewing the scientific data on the accuracy of such trackers for the three most popular uses: 1) activity/step count tracking, 2) heart rate tracking, and 3) sleep tracking. In our first part, we examined activity/step count tracking … Read More

Are Fitness Trackers Fit to Track Your Fitness? Part 2: Heart Rate Tracking

Welcome to the second part of this series examining: are fitness trackers fit to track your fitness?  In this three-part series, we are examining the scientific data on the accuracy of such trackers for the three most popular uses: activity/step count tracking, heart rate tracking, and sleep tracking. In our first part, we examined activity/step count tracking noting that research … Read More

Are Fitness Trackers Fit to Track Your Fitness? – Part I: Activity/Step Counts

Fitness trackers have taken the world by storm, led by the popularity of FitBit and the Apple Watch. There are, literally, hundreds of fitness trackers available worldwide from all sorts of companies, from hard-core fitness/sport companies to digital technology companies to companies focused on narrow health areas, such as pediatric obesity. FitBit was one of the first to market the … Read More

Are Fitness Trackers Fit to Track Your Fitness? Part I: Activity/Step Counts

Fitness trackers have taken the world by storm, led by the popularity of FitBit and the Apple Watch. There are, literally, hundreds of fitness trackers available worldwide from all sorts of companies, from hard-core fitness/sport companies to digital technology companies to companies focused on narrow health areas, such as pediatric obesity.  FitBit was one of the first to market the … Read More

We Need More Sleep. So Why Don’t We Get It?

Americans are terrible sleepers. Although overwhelming evidence suggests that getting less than 7 hours of sleep is bad for your health, we just can’t seem to find the time. Americans sleep 2 hours less than they did a century ago.  The reasons are many: increased work hours, faster-paced lifestyles, the stimulation of “always on” devices (smartphones and tablets), and a … Read More