ASTHMA APP: Researches at Rush University Medical Center launched a study using multimedia coupled with positive reinforcement via a cell phone application to try to improve asthma outcomes among low-income, minority adolescents with asthma.  Each participant in the study received a smartphone preloaded with an application that uses a reward system to encourage teenagers to proactively take their daily asthma controller medications.  They also received a free data plan, which included unlimited talking, email, Internet, and texting, for the duration of the study.  “Adolescents love technology. They spend an enormous amount of time listening to music and playing videogames, as well as using computers and mobile phones. We believe that leveraging existing use of technology would be a great way to engage adolescents and motivate them to take their medication,” Dr. Giselle Mosnaim, Allergist and Immunologist at Rush University Medical Center, was quoted as saying.  The controller medication is fitted with a sensor that sends a signal to the smartphone application automatically when a dose is taken.  Dr. Mosnaim monitors their real-time medication-taking behavior via the data collected by the electronic dose counter, processed by the smartphone asthma application and sent to the secure server.  (Source: