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Behavioral Feedback Boosts Online Weight Program

HBNS STORY | October 28, 2010

iPhone Quit-Smoking Apps Don’t Make the Grade

HBNS STORY | February 8, 2011

A new study finds that iPhone software applications designed to help people quit smoking fall short of the mark.

No Proof That Smartphone Apps Help Drinkers Reduce Alcohol Use

HBNS STORY | September 15, 2011

If you’re looking for an app to help you cut back on alcohol consumption, few exist and what is available has not yet been demonstrated to work, according to a new study.

E-Learning Programs May Do Little to Change Eating Habits

HBNS STORY | October 26, 2011

With more people turning to the Internet and smart phones to help them with everything from exercising to quitting smoking, it appears applications, or “apps” as they are popularly known, intended to change eating habits may not make much of a difference, according to a new review.

Electronic Health Records Could Improve Care for Type 2 Diabetics

HBNS STORY | January 24, 2012

Use of electronic health records shows promise for improving care and outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes, but still has considerable room for improvement, according to a new study in the journal Health Services Research.

Simple, Common BMI Data Stored in e-Records can Identify Patients with Heart Disease Risk

HBNS STORY | March 13, 2012

New research released online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that body mass index (BMI) data, commonly available in electronic medical records, can accurately identify adults between 30 and 74 years-old at risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Too Many Drugs for Many Older Patients

HBNS STORY | May 16, 2012

A new Cochrane Library evidence review reveals that little is known about the best ways to avoid inappropriate prescribing of medications for seniors or how to maximize health benefits while minimizing prescriptions.

Electronic Devices with Reminders Make Sticking to Diets Easier

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2012

There’s some good news for those trying to lose weight with the help of new apps on their mobile devices. They may actually work, says a new research study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Mobile Phone Services Help Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | November 13, 2012

Support for quitting smoking via text and video messages can help smokers kick the habit, according to a new Cochrane systematic review.

Email and Texts to Doctors: Not Just for High-Income Patients

HBNS STORY | March 12, 2013

Low-income patients served by “safety-net” community health centers want to communicate with their doctors via email or text or are already doing so, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Diabetes: Computer Based Interventions Provide Limited Support

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Self-management interventions delivered by computer and mobile phone currently provide limited benefits for people with diabetes, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Electronic Health Record Adoption Uneven Across U.S.

HBNS STORY | June 27, 2013

A new study in Health Services Research finds wide geographic variation in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by ambulatory health care sites.

Weight Loss Apps Lack Key Ingredients for Success

HBNS STORY | October 10, 2013

Weight loss mobile applications may work well as basic tracking devices, but need to do more to help dieters, according to a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Smartphone Apps to Help Smokers Quit Come Up Short

HBNS STORY | November 14, 2013

Most popular smartphone apps do not include evidence-based practices known to help smokers quit, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Electronic Health Records Can Measure Patient-Centered Care

HBNS STORY | November 21, 2013

Electronic health records collect non-clinical information that can be used to measure a medical practice’s patient-centeredness, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Doctors Experienced with Using EHRs Say They Add Value for Patients

HBNS STORY | January 2, 2014

A majority of surveyed physicians said they were alerted to a potential medication error or critical lab value by an electronic health record, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Online Social Networking Linked to Use of Web for Health Info

HBNS STORY | September 16, 2014

The use of social networking sites like Facebook may have implications for accessing online health information, finds a new longitudinal study from the Journal of Health Communication.