Posts Tagged health

Good health is important for any adult but for a baby it somehow feels even more vital. As any parent with a baby knows, it’s a scary time indeed when a child seems not at their best. Fortunately, popular medical site WebMD has iOS users covered with the release of WebMD Baby.

The app gives users quick access to some great advice from expert sources. Personalized for a baby’s age, there’s timely physician-approved guidance to ensure parents understand and can keep track of everything popular.

In the baby’s first year, there are 52 weekly featured multimedia packages aimed at the baby’s first year plus a daily tip for every day of the year. In the second year, this is brought down to 12 monthly packages and 84 tips.

Alongside such useful advice, there are trackers for growth, diapers, sleep and feeding. There’s even a Baby Book section for the user to capture key memories and milestones via photos or videos.

With 400 articles, 598 tips, 70 videos and these useful tools, WebMD Baby should be indispensable for the new parent.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-11 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

RunKeeper Review

RunKeeper Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
RunKeeper is one of my favorite apps - I always suggest it to anyone thinking of tracking not only their running and jogging, but all sort of gym activities. Simple, easy to use and socially integrated, it's one of the best apps for starting or keeping a fitness routine or resolution.

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New Year, New You: Fitness Apps

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, have more energy, or just take better care of yourself, the iOS App Store has lots of fitness and health apps to help. We’ve taken a closer look at the best from Apple’s own New Year, New You list to help you pick the ones right for you.

P90X – By Beachbody, LLC
The P90X can be a punishing workout. Use this app to keep on track and keep the muscles burning with a schedule, track and sync progression with the P90X website, and purchase P90X workout bundles with video and audio guides.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-11-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Gorilla Workout : Athletic Fitness Training on a Budget – By Heckr LLC
Working out is great, but unless a substantial in-home gym is available, it usually requires a trip to the gym. However, this app will instruct users on tons of different workouts at 4 different levels that require no equipment at all. A great way to get fit on a budget.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-25 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Pocket Yoga – By Rainfrog, LLC
Yoga is a great way to workout out at home, but unless a trained yoga instructor is handy it can be hard to do it right. This app will guide users through various yoga workouts with voice instructions and illustrated instructions. Airplay can also be used to play on a larger screen.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-03-20 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

There are even more fitness apps, after the break.

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The award-winning Scosche MyTrek Pulse Monitor is an arm band that communicates wirelessly with the free myTREK health and fitness app. The app displays real-time pulse, target training zone, calories burned, distance and speed of run, total workout time and provides voice prompts during the workout. At $129.99, the pulse monitor works exlusively with the above mentioned app and seems to greatly reduce the bulkiness of the many chest and watch combinations.

With accurate pulse monitoring, the user can easily assess the intensity of their workout and adjust which training zone they’re in by using the five color coded options to quickly identify the desired intensity level. Based on personal health information, each workout zone is represented in a different color, including Resting Zone (White), Weight Loss Zone (Green), Fitness Zone (Yellow), Performance Zone (Orange) and Red Line Zone (Red). Each training session can be customized by adjusting the type of activity, target training zone and type of workout all within the app. It also includes motivational voice prompts to get the user to the finish line as well as makes it easy to control music via the integrated buttons on the Scosche myTREK Wireless Pulse Monitor.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-15 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

This week at 148Apps, we took your New Year’s resolutions seriously and started our “Health and Fitness” month. Editor Rob LeFebvre writes, “We’ve already taken a look at some apps that help us all acheive our goals, and we plan to continue that trend for the entire month, with personal stories from our crack writing team, continued reviews, and focused features like our Favorite Four.”

See our first group of Health & Fitness reviews at 148Apps.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-05-19 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Our apps-for-kids site, GiggleApps, offered a review of Odd Spotting. Reviewer Amy Solomon says, “Odd Spotting, developed by Micromicon Media Limit, is an “odd one out” game with 144 levels, the goal of each being to spot the object that is different from all the others in the group. As I began to explore how Odd Spotting works, I couldn’t help but to remember the lyrics from a classic Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong.”

Learn more and read the full review on GiggleApps.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-09-21 :: Category: Games

Finally, on 148Apps.biz, writer Jeff Hughes commented on Apple’s recent (and quiet) changes to app categorization on the App Store, saying “Just like Google, when iTunes makes the slightest change to their App Store search algorithm, it has an impact on how many people see your app. The recent changes to the category ordering have also impacted sales for many app vendors for better or worse. Some developers have been helped because their app is now in a category that is displayed higher on the mobile screen…Other developers may be adversely impacted due to the decrease in exposure for their app because their category now appears further down the list.”

Read more on 148Apps.biz.

And that, my friends, completes our rundown of happenings across the 148Apps network for the week of January 9-13. Keep track of all the latest news, reviews and contests by following us on Twitter or Liking us on Facebook. See you in a week!

January is Health & Fitness Month

New Year, resolutions, and the like. Everyone, from local papers to Apple to us here at 148Apps are getting the word out about ways to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We’ve already taken a look at some apps that help us all acheive our goals, and we plan to continue that trend for the entire month, with personal stories from our crack writing team, continued reviews, and focused features like our Favorite Four.

Here’s what we have for you from the past couple of weeks. Stay tuned right here for even more Health and Fitness goodness for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Abs Workout For iPad Review
Abs Workout for iPad is definitely a good place for the user to start on their quest for a better body, although Levels 2 and 3 will need to be purchased after a while, as abs gets stronger, and exercises become easier.”

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-07-24 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

All-in-Pedometer Review
“For the walker, All-in Pedometer is ideal, focusing on one key aspect and doing a fine job of keeping the user informed throughout.”

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-05-19 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Gym Genie Review
“Despite the ugly interface, Gym Genie is a solid workout tool. It’s not a comprehensive resource or anything like that, but for what it is – and its 99-cent price tag – it’s not bad at all. For beginners, at least, this could be very helpful.”

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-07-06 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Favorite Four iPhone Apps for Sticking to a New Year’s Diet
“As we mentioned in our favorite four apps for keeping New Year resolutions, weight loss (as well as getting into and staying in good healthy shape) tops most people’s list of desired self-improvements. Few other goals are harder to achieve, however. We don’t have the secret formula, but we do have four iPhone apps that make getting into the right shape a lot easier.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-15 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-11-21 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-22 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-12-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

As we mentioned in our favourite four apps for keeping New Year resolutions, weight loss (as well as getting into and staying in good healthy shape) tops most people’s list of desired self-improvements. Few other goals are harder to achieve, however. We don’t have the secret formula, but we do have four iPhone apps that make getting into the right shape a lot easier. Hit the break for our favorite four apps to do just that.


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All-in-Pedometer Review

All-in-Pedometer Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
An app that's ideal for those who are trying to get fit through walking.

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Gym Genie Review

Gym Genie Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A solid workout tool for beginners especially.

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Singaporean-based Zensorium is introducing a new device designed to let people track their health and wellness on their iOS device, with a new device called the Tinké.

The Tinké plugs directly into an iOS device, and users touch its sensor directly with their finger. By touching this, the device claims that it can measure heart rate, respiratory rate, and the oxygen level in a person’s blood, making it essentially a pulse oximeter for an iOS device. It measures these then rates the person on its “Vita Index”, which is based on the quality of the measured information. Tinké also can track this information over time, so people can see how their health is changing, and preferably for the better! People can share this information with friends and family, with the ability to comment on Vita Indices, to share tips and encouragement. As well, users can share their Vita Scores anonymously, with the ability to compare their scores with other people in their age group.

The Tinké will come in four colors: black, red, white and an aqua blue. Zensorium is currently taking reservations, with a target price of $99, although there is no planned release date for the hardware. As well, there is no indication if this will officially support the iPad. Will the information be cloud-based, or device-based, so users could potentially use the Tinké dongle on their other iOS devices, like iPod touch or iPad, and will the network be available through the web? Plus, will it work? Will all the measurements, especially oxygen measurement, really be accurate based on just using a dongle? Other pulse oximeters are intrusion free, but use a closed design; will the open ended design of Tinké negatively affect measurement? These are important questions to be answered as Tinké reaches its release date in the indefinite future.

MotherKnows is a Pocket Pediatrician


Apple likes to boast that their products allow us to connect to each other in fantastic new ways. It’s a tall claim to say the least. However, what stronger connection could there be than the one between parents and their children? The MotherKnows app is trying to help prove Apple right by giving parents a new way to monitor their child’s development and more easily be prepared for medical emergencies.

Working in conjunction with the MotherKnows website, the app stores all sorts of health records like growth charts, medication lists, graphic displays of immunizations and other information collected directly from doctors and regularly updated, all on an iPhone. This is particularly useful for quickly providing places likes schools and camps with anything they may need to know regarding a child health-wise. Parents can use the app for little tasks like scheduling appointments and for more long-term tasks like tracking their child’s progress. Parents can even create milestones like “first steps” and take a picture to go alongside it.

Although the app can sync with one’s MotherKnows account when accessing data one doesn’t need to purchase an account in order to use the app. MotherKnows is currently available for free on the App Store.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-11-19 :: Category: Medical

Jawbone, known for their award-winning Bluetooth headsets, has announced UP, a wristband and app combo that tracks daily activity such as sleep, motion and eating habits. The goal of it is to help people live a healthier life.

For those who follow Ted Global, they’ll remember that UP was previewed at the event this past July. Tracking sleep, eating habits and motion, the wristband is worn 24/7 and wirelessly communicates with the iPhone app via MotionX technology. The app then calculates daily totals, displays them and works to give users a better understanding of their health, what drives it and ways to improve it. And no, it’s not another weight loss gimmick. It is about visually displaying the hundreds of decisions made every day to be healthy and gives the user the motivation to alter their behavior for an all-around healthier lifestyle.

UP also includes a social aspect with the ability to challenge friends. Within the app friends can send encouragement and challenge each other for most hours slept, who had the healthiest meals and more. The wristband will be available on November 6 for $99.99 while the app is available for free as of today.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-11-03 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Boot Camp Challenge Review

Boot Camp Challenge Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The ideal kick of motivation needed to exercise more frequently and more effectively.

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Cook This, Not That! 350 Calorie Meals Review

Cook This, Not That! 350 Calorie Meals Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering a tasty way of eating healthily while also saving money.

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Last week we looked at apps that help manage weight by offering simple tools to get nutritional information. In keeping with that healthy theme, this week we look at recipe apps for those seeking to add more veggies to their diets, for vegetarians and even for vegans. These apps are full of healthy and tasty choices for anyone looking to make a change to, or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the help of their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Vegetarian How to Cook Everything

Part of the wildly popular How To Cook Everything series, this cookbook, written by Mark Bittman, offers over 2000 recipes for delicious meat free dishes – by far the most we’ve found in one app. The emphasis is on great taste, but also keeping it simple. The app includes vegan recipes along with tons of how-to’s, illustrations and planning guides. Easy searching and shopping list creation that can be sent by email make this the ideal choice for anyone, whether a person looking for the occasional veggie pasta dinner or a true tofu addict.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-04-28 :: Category:

Do Eat Raw

There are health conscious meat-avoiders, idealistic vegetarians, hard-core vegans and then there is the raw foods movement. Touted as being not just a way to lose weight and stay fit, but also to increase longevity and health, it may not be for everyone. If raw is on the menu, however, Do Eat Raw is the app to get. The app has over 300 raw vegan recipes along with information on everything from how to dress up a dish to what to drink. The app is divided into sections for easy browsing, and users can rate dishes and see user ratings to see what’s, well, cold?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-18 :: Category:

Whole Living Smoothies

Prefer a nice refreshing drink of fruits and veggies to a full-on vegetarian meal? From the kitchen of none other than Martha Stewart herself comes Whole Living Smoothies. Assembled by dieticians, this recipe app comes with 12 Essential Recipes, 12 Meal-in-a-Glass recipes and 12 Allergen-Free recipes. Additional sets for Weight loss, Immunity Boosting and Detox are available as in-app purchases. The app also contains a comprehensive glossary explaining the specific health benefits of the key ingredients, tips on buying organic produce and even email and Facebook sharing.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-06 :: Category:

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-07 :: Category: Lifestyle

Veggie Love Cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens

While not for vegetarians, this app from Better Homes and Gardens provides 50 family-friendly recipes that teach moms and dads how to sneak veggies into everyday food so their kids will get the required servings without having to give up burgers, tacos, pizza or even bacon. This is not a weight-loss cookbook, but with a good search function, cook-together tips to get families interacting and invested in what they eat, a shopping list creator and built-in timer it’s sure to help kids – and parents – get their daily allotment of veggies. And not just by hiding them, but by showing them how fun and tasty they are to cook and eat.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-24 :: Category:

There is a massive industry related to losing weight, but most doctors agree eating healthy foods in moderation along with exercise is the real key to weight loss success. If being healthy, not just thin, is the objective, quick dieting isn’t the answer. The permanent solution lies in making lifestyle changes that last. So we’ve compiled our favourite four apps to help track calories eaten and burned and find comprehensible nutritional information about foods for iPhone to make the journey to fitness a little easier.
 

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

This app boasts the largest database of foods – over a million – and provides a calorie count along with information on fats, protein, sugars, fiber and other nutritional facts. But the app does a lot more. It allows dieters to enter entire meals, or add favorite foods, even recipes for fast access to comprehensive and useable information. The app also includes a web companion to track your food intake online and it syncs with the app. There is a barcode scanner for packaged foods, and even push notifications if a user forgets to log a meal. On the fitness end there are more than 350 exercises included for both cardio and strength training, and the app keeps track of calories expended. Create goals, generate reports and start shedding those pounds.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-12-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Fooducate Plus

Fooducate is all about helping those on a diet, for weight loss or any health reason, make wise choices at the supermarket. With a database of over 200,000 unique products, this app uses the iPhone camera to scan barcodes and then tells a user about what’s really in that can or box. It will reveal any veiled information from the use of chemical food colorings that may not be safe to excessive trans-fats while also highlighting that item’s health benefits. The app allows for side-by-side product comparisons and even provides healthier alternative suggestions. The free version is ad supported.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-09-14 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-04 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Weightbot – Track your Weight in Style

If regular apps are too lo-tech, how about a weight-tracking robot? Weightbot is weight loss – or gain – for geeks. Users just enter their goal, their current body specs, and the app calculates their BMI and shows progress on a graph. Rotate clockwise to view weight loss progress over time, or turn the iPhone the other way to view the goal and expected arrival date.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-10-16 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Dotti’s Food Score

We have apps to count calories in raw foods, packaged products, even favorite recipes, but most of us do a lot of our eating out. Getting the nutritional information from a restaurant menu can be difficult and even embarrassing. Dotti’s Food Score uses information from Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone web site to serve up the skinny on almost 600 restaurants. The app has information on the most popular food chains, gets regular updates, and is particularly well integrated with the Weight Watchers program, offering scores based on their program.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-07-26 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

The folks behind iMapMyFITNESS seem intent on offering the full package when it comes to fitness based apps. While they’ve got a little work to conquer the behemoth RunKeeper in terms of market share, they’ve got some neat tricks up their sleeves.

One of the latest features is the ability to track the amount of calories burnt off during exercise. It’s a feature that many an exercising app promises but there’s a difference. iMapMyFITNESS tracks the exact workout data rather than sticking to a generic average total that many other similar apps use instead. It means that no corners are cut and users always know exactly what they’ve achieved.

As well as the calorie checking facility, iMapMyFITNESS is also offering live tracking functionality. This means that friends or family can always keep track of where the user is, potentially a very useful security feature for the concerned jogger or runner. Everything is protected also so that the user can define who can and can’t see such information.

While this might sound familiar to RunKeeper users, it’s the interface that makes iMapMyFITNESS stand out more so. The website also offers a fairly different experience which may well appeal to those users looking for a change of exercise tracking app.

With new updates, this is an ideal time to give iMapMyFITNESS a shot.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-12-09 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

It’s alarming to think that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, even more so when considering the relatively simple ways of reducing the chances of suffering from it.

Sunscreen, no matter how inconvenient, is a fantastically useful tool for reducing skin cancer and just regular old nasty sunburn. The important thing is to remember to reapply it at regular intervals. Putting sunscreen on first thing in the morning then going out all day won’t help much, sadly. Forgetting to reapply is easy so it’s handy that there’s now an app to encourage users to reapply their sunblock.

Sun UV Protector is an inexpensive app that will alert its users when to do exactly that. It’s smart too, using GPS to ascertain its location automatically. Once the location is retrieved, it then determines the UV Index and works out how often sunscreen needs to be reapplied. Adjusting according to skin type is also possible which is very useful as problems are more likely for those with very light skin.

$0.99 seems a very low price for an app that could potentially save lives and will almost certainly save the pain of annoying sunburn.

It’s out now.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-07-06 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Slim Down With SlimBooth

Anyone who wants to lose weight knows that motivation is the main thing that’s needed in order to achieve such goals. How can that motivation be gained, however? While it can all be done internally, sometimes it’s useful to have something visual to look at during regular intervals which is exactly where SlimBooth might be of great use.

It’s an app that allows users to see a full body picture of how they’d look if they were slimmer. It’s quick to implement and can give a great insight into just how they could look if they slimmed down a bit. Once the transformation has taken place, users can then choose to share the results through all the standard social networking options and show off their new potential look.

While SlimBooth makes a point of being primarily an entertainment app rather than anything scientific, it’s still a great idea that’s bound to appeal to many in need of a bit more motivation.

SlimBooth is out now, priced at $0.99.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-09 :: Category: Entertainment

Immuno Review

Immuno Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Protect the vital organs from the invading hordes of viruses and bacteria! It is more fun then washing your hands.

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PaceDJ Review

PaceDJ Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This little utility helps users build workout playlists that will keep their workouts in high gear.

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More Water Review

More Water Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Remembering to drink more just got simpler.

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Keeping track of weight loss and gain is frequently very important to many people. WeightMeter enables exactly that in a simple, no frills way. That doesn’t mean it’s lacking features, it’s just that it sticks to the exact options needed rather than throwing in useless gimmicks to bloat the app out.

At its most basic, users simply need to enter what their goal is, whether it be losing or gaining weight, and then start filling in the weight changes on a daily basis. Users can even set a reminder so that they don’t forget to do so.

Morning and evening weight records can be kept to ensure that even the slightest change in weight is noticed. All this information is stored in a chart form so it’s easy to see how progress is going, right down to the ability to check weekly, monthly and yearly fluctuation. Confident users can also take photos to show the difference and check via the photo gallery how they’re doing. Social networking functionality is also available to share how the weight change is going amongst friends. Everything is portrayed through a simple yet attractive interface that incorporates HD graphics for an extra sheen.

WeightMeter isn’t an obvious motivational tool. There’s no motivational pep talk nonsense or anything like that. Instead it taps into the most important thing – the user feeling good about themselves and their weight change. Just looking at that graph going in the right direction is a great confident booster and bound to encourage further efforts.

Whether it’s for someone trying to lose weight to fit back into their favorite clothes, or it’s a bodybuilder or weedy teenager trying to bulk up, WeightMeter is a great way of keeping track of things.

WeightMeter is available now for $0.99. Surely a bargain when it comes to keeping an eye on good health.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-17 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

GreatCall make a cell phone called the Jitterbug, which is designed to be a basic and easy-to-use phone for people who don’t need all the advanced features that modern smartphones have. However, for people that do have those modern smartphones with all those advanced features, GreatCall have released an app called MedCoach which is designed to help keep track of medications for users in need of an app to keep track of this aspect of their lives on a deice that is always with them.

MedCoach allows users to log the medications they take, set up the times and intervals when they’re supposed to take them, and get notifications for when it is time to take their medication, no matter what type it is, from pills to injections and more. Users will get push notifications, and the badge of the MedCoach icon will update when it is time to take a medication. When the app is launched, users can view their reminders to take medication, log when they took the medication, with the ability to list reasons if they skipped taking it. It’s possible to view a medication’s information with the ability to view a medication’s facts and possible side effects. It’s possible to edit and modify the list of medication and times to take them, as well.

The app offers easy access to the latest notifications from the bottom of the app on most screens. There’s a central MedCoach hub that offers quick access to the app’s features, with the ability to view refill information, doctor & pharmacist information, medication history, as well as MedCoach account info. The app offers the ability to get help on any page by simply shaking the device. The app is available as a free download for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store. It requires registration at the initial app launch, but this is free and anonymous, only requiring an email and password to be registered.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-28 :: Category: Medical

Walking is a great way of exercising but it’s also a much underrated form of exercise. It’s easy to do requiring no extra equipment and sometimes not even any extra time – get off the bus a stop early, go for a walk with your kids in the evening or at weekends – it’ll all help. Studies show that walking for between 20-40 minutes a day can extend lifespan by up to 5 years and if nothing else, it’s enjoyable and relaxing.

There are numerous apps out there to help walkers keep track of their movements and progress but Arookoo, a new walking app, aims to make walking into a fun game, too.

The app keeps players motivated by giving them motivational walking challenges and GPS based scavenger hunts. There’s even a form of scrabble game that’s a daily team challenge amongst friends. Everyone loves to be rewarded, so a series of achievements and stars also help motivate walkers into trying that bit harder.

Arookoo, the Japanese for ‘to walk’, is available in two forms. The free version is quite capable but for the price of a $2.99 in-app purchase, users can also view how many calories they’ve burned, distance walked and a few other bits and pieces too.

Arookoo is available now.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-06 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Did you know that May is National Bike Month in the USA? If the weather’s anything like it is here in the UK, it’s perfect biking weather too.

But how do you track your cycling workout? Use iMapMyRIDE of course! The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to track your average pace and speed in order to log and analyze how you’re doing. Plus there’s an interactive map feature so you can keep track of your routes as well as your friends.

It’s easy to set up and use with a couple of simple taps stopping and starting the timer, plus it automatically uploads the data to your iMapMyRIDE account. As is increasingly customary with such apps, you can also set it to automatically let people know via Twitter and Facebook how you’re doing.

The standard iMapMyRIDE is a free download that’s ad supported or you can download the $4.99 version and have the added benefit of iPod integration, geo tagging photo functionality and no more ads.

And don’t forget to cycle plenty in May! Apps like this are sure to motivate you.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-10-14 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-04-14 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Is it just me that thinks it’s utterly amazing that women can have an entire life grow inside of them? While I understand all the science behind it, there’s still that little part of me that thinks wow when I think about it. I’m certainly not at that stage in my life yet to have a child but apps like My Baby’s Beat sound awesome.

It’s an app that aims to help you hear your baby’s heartbeat using only the iPhone microphone and a set of regular headphones. There’s a lot of potential benefits here. Understandably, it’s no doubt easy to get paranoid in the last trimester of a pregnancy and worry when your baby’s a bit quiet. Use My Baby’s Beat and you should be able to hear it, instantly putting you at ease. You can then record the heartbeat and email it to anyone you like as well as share it on Facebook which is a pretty cool touch.

The only real caveats are that you do have to make sure that you switch your iPhone to airplane mode throughout using the app just in case. You can also only use it in the final trimester of pregnancy, presumably for the sake of accuracy.

While there’s no way of me testing this out (unless I start accosting pregnant women in the street – probably a bad idea!), it sounds a fantastic concept and one that is bound to entice expectant mothers.

My Baby’s Beat is currently available on sale for $1.99.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-03-11 :: Category: Medical

We use our iPhones for games, email, procrastinating, texting, and web browsing (and sometimes making phone calls, I guess). But iHealth wants your iPhone to do more still. Instead of an all-around awesome entertainment and productivity machine, what if your iPhone could help you manage your health, too?

Of course, we’ve seen weight loss apps and blood pressure logs before. But iHealth’s new Blood Pressure Monitoring System is different: it couples a handy app with the actual hardware.

Available soon in the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System is comprised of a blood pressure arm cuff and a portable, battery-powered dock which doubles as a charging station. Fire up the accompanying app, and testing your blood pressure becomes an easy matter. Not only will the app give you a reading, but it also stores the information so that you can later view your daily blood pressure history. This allows you to track your blood pressure over time as well as graph the data. You can also share the data with a family member or doctor.

What’s great about this is that monitoring your blood pressure at home correlates to having it under control, and therefore better health: a recent report found that those who monitored at home were 50 percent more likely to have their blood pressure under control. From iHealth’s press release:

“Regularly monitoring blood pressure in a relaxed consistent setting gives users the most reliable information on the status of their cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Andrew Brandeis, a practicing physician at Care Practice in San Francisco. “More important, iHealth—for the first time—reveals trends and fluctuations in the data and enables the user to easily share the information using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, which encourages and reinforces lifestyle changes in real time.”

The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System will be on sale for $99.95 at iHealth99.com soon. The way I see it, iHealth is one of many examples of how the iPhone is far more than just another smartphone—it can do some really amazing stuff, with real results. Who would’ve thought we’d ever be able to conduct a blood pressure test on our cellphone? This is more than another “cool app” like Smule’s long-since-released Ocarina; iHealth actually has the potential to improve lives.

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