smoking cessation

By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2016
Chrono Therapeutics, the maker of a wearable, smartphone-connected drug delivery device for smoking cessation, has completed a small randomized trial that shows that nicotine replacement therapy delivered with its device can reduce cravings to a statistically significant degree compared to a placebo delivered the same way. The trial was a randomized, double-blinded study of 24 adult men who...
By Jonah Comstock November 9, 2015
NYC-based pharma company Pfizer currently has 15 apps in the US iOS app store, ranging from a chapstick companion app to an app for people with kidney cancer. At the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, Pfizer executives talked about two of the company's apps and their broader strategy for developing mobile health interventions. "We recognize that the data shows patients...
By Aditi Pai August 26, 2015
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Chrono Therapeutics a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of up to $2.3 million for product development of the digital portion of the company's smoking cessation therapy offering. The new grant will fund Chrono's final clinical trial for its product. This is the second grant Chrono has received from the NCI. The first, $2.23 million...
By Jonah Comstock June 12, 2014
Chrono Therapeutics, a Hayward, California-based company working on a new wearable for smoking cessation and drug delivery, has raised $32 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Canaan Partners and 5 am Ventures. Additional contributors included Fountain Healthcare Partners, and two strategic investors: GE Ventures and the Mayo Clinic. The company's flagship product SmartStop...
By Aditi Pai June 11, 2014
Around 11 percent of smokers who participated in a texting-based smoking cessation intervention program were able to abstain from using cigarettes six months after the start of the program, while only 5 percent of smokers in the control group were able to do so, according to a study of 503 people published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even though 11 percent were found to be...
By Brian Dolan June 27, 2013
Medicaid health plans in more than 20 states are rolling out mobile health services thanks to a new partnership between mobile health company Voxiva and mobile operator TracFone Wireless. The partnership will see the launch of SafeLink Health Solutions. The program is something of an offshoot of the federal Lifeline mobile phone program, which can trace its roots to a Reagan-era landline phone...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2013
Nashville-based Agile Health, a B2B developer of mobile health interventions, announced a major upgrade to its Kick Buts smoking cessation program. Kick Buts is a text-messaging intervention based on software company HSA Global's STOMP platform, which was shown in a 2011 randomized trial in the UK to double successful quit rates over a control group. Agile licenses Kick Buts, along with other...
By Neil Versel January 17, 2013
Dr Caroline Free also led the efficacy trial for Txt2Stop, a SMS-based smoking cessation service Despite all the hype and promise around mobile healthcare technologies, the scientific evidence supporting clinical efficacy of mobile health continues to fall short, according to two new papers in the journal PLOS Medicine. British researchers examined 20 years' worth of published studies on mobile...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...
By Brian Dolan November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...