Three Novel Gadgets for Better Health

Posted on Jan 25 2013 - 11:15am by CONTRIBUTOR

Technology has been concerned with improving the quality of human life ever since the earliest days of the printing press. That having been said, a large part of new, useful technological devices, a.k.a. gadgets, are yet insufficiently tested and thus not approved by regulating bodies such as the FDA. This does not necessarily mean they are not useful in helping sufferers of certain syndromes or addictions improve their living conditions – but simply that they should be used sparingly and purchased after sufficient research. Here are three new devices that many might find useful.

The SAD Therapy Gizmo

SAD, which is short for ‘seasonal affective disorder’, is the scientific name for the winter blues. Those who are quick to dismiss it as yet another bogus pseudo-psychological term should bear in mind that the syndrome is recognized as a symptom of major depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and as a stand-alone disorder in the ICD-10. The ailment is characterized by unusually low moods in otherwise emotionally stable individuals, experienced on account of excessively hot or cold weather. There are several types of SAD light boxes for therapy available on the market at the moment, and while, just as with the electronic cigarette, their effectiveness has been anecdotally confirmed, the FDA is keeping silent on the matter. In other words, light boxes are neither FDA regulated, nor approved, yet they might just help you regulate your circadian rhythm and sleeping patterns, with just enough shopping around to make sure you’re choosing the right kind.

The GERD Fix Pillow

Depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting, GERD, i.e. gastroesophageal reflux disease, might seem like something worth making fun of, or a genuine nuisance, which prevents you from enjoying a meal out with friends, or even a good night’s sleep. Luckily, a new type of pillow is now available for people who suffer from such problems at night. The pillow basically makes the user sleep in a fully reclining position, by creating a diagonal line with the plane of the mattress. According to the inventors of the MediWedge, this keeps the contents of the stomach from spilling over into the esophagus and from subsequently causing GERD.

The Electronic Cigarette

E-cigarettes are devices that look like regular cigarettes and function on cartridges filled with fluid, which can either contain nicotine or not. In spite of their increasing commercial popularity, these devices are still a hot topic with the FDA, as well as with several health organizations, including the World Health Organization, or WHO. However, it’s important to note that the WHO has only argued against using electronic cigarettes as nicotine replacement therapy because, at the time, in 2008, its representatives felt the need for more peer reviewed, independent studies attesting to its effectiveness. Meanwhile, anecdotal evidence of its usefulness in quitting smoking abounds. The BLU website provides testimonials in which customers speak about the intense taste, which the device provides, in addition to the several other experiences it provides in emulating a regular tobacco cigarette.

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