Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mango Health gamifies medication adherence

The financial burden of poor medication adherence in the United States has been estimated to be between $100 and $289 billion per year. Mango Health's solution is to improve medication adherence using gamification. Its app allows users to earn points for completing tasks, such as taking their medication on time. These points translate into various rewards provided by Mango Health's partners.

The app includes other features that support medication adherence: a health journal, refill reminders, information about medications, and alerts about potentially harmful interactions.

Based on what I've read, I really like the app because the game aspect is really simple, and the additional tools address core issues related to medication non-compliance.

Full article: Mango Health takes aim at medication adherence with game design principles

Monday, March 3, 2014

Festival Season 2014 | Protect your ears

It wasn't until 2012 that it finally occurred to me to bring earplugs to festivals and clubs. However, it wasn't until last year that I actually bought and started using them.

Here are my two recommendations:
  1. EarPeace Earplugs ($12.95)

    • I bought these from They come in a really cute metal container that you can attach to your keychain or bag strap. They work fine and are great since they are reusable. After each use, just wash with warm soapy water and let air dry.

  2. V-MODA Faders VIP Tuned Metal Earplugs ($19.04)
    • A friend recently recommended these to me. I obviously got mine in Electro Pink, but they are also available in Gunmetal Black and Rouge Red. They come with several different sizes of earbuds to give you a comfortable fit and a detachable lanyard that allows you to hang them around your neck when not in use.
My vote is the for the V-MODA earplugs. The extra money is worth the convenience, comfort, and overall listening experience.

Festival Season 2014

I am extremely excited about Festival Season 2014! I have probably spent more than half of my waking hours on something related to festivals since EDC tickets went on sale in November.

I want to share some of my personal tips to keep your festival experience safe and fun!

Before we get into the serious stuff, here's a list of the festivals I've been to and want to go to:
  • Holy Ship!!!
  • The BPM Festival
  • SXSW
  • Coachella
  • Mysteryland
  • Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas
  • TomorrowLand
  • Lollapalooza
  • HARD Summer
  • Burning Man
  • TomorrowWorld
  • HARD Day of the Dead
What's on your list?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Systematically Heal Your Anxiety

How to Systematically Heal Your Anxiety is a great post by Charlie Hoehn, but probably in the TLDR category for most people. While Charlie had pretty severe anxiety, his tips are still useful for reducing normal levels of stress. Here are the main takeaways.

System 1: Replace Negative Content with Positive Content
  • Remove from your daily routine any information that induces anxiety. For example, Charlie realized that the news fueled his anxiety and decided to stop watching and reading it. His anxiety dropped within two weeks.
System 2: Optimize Your Sleeping Conditions
  • Make quality sleep a priority. Most important changes Charlie suggests:
    • Create a routine. Get ready for bed at the same time every night.
    • Avoid using cell phones and computers close to your bedtime.
    • Cover all sources of light (e.g., blinking lights on electronic devices, digital alarm clocks, windows to block light from outside, etc.).
    • Lower the temperature in your room to 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you cannot do this, then wear less clothing to bed.
    • Install f.lux on your computer(s). It's a free app that warms the colors on your screen when the sun is down. I've found that it really reduces eye strain at night.
System 3: Guilt-Free Play, Every Day
  • Disconnect (i.e., turn off your phone), and schedule fun play activities with friends instead of killing yourself at the gym.
System 4: Eat Healthful Meals
  • While Charlie recommends (1) Protein + (1) Vegetable + (1) Healthy Side, I firmly believe different food combinations work for different people. My simple advice is to cut down on sugar and to increase vegetable consumption.