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MyAutismTeam’s new mobile app provides parents of children on the autism spectrum the ability to connect and stay in touch with other parents just like them. The Facebook-meets-Yelp resource for parents allows for the sharing of posts, local provider referrals and tips, as well as the ability to ask questions to the community and post pictures, all while on-the-go so they are connected to the community whenever they need to be.
Medical students don’t always have access to cadavers, certainly not when outside of the classroom. This is a relief to many of us, but it’s far from practical for those students trying to study the human body. Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED aims to solve that problem.
Available for the iPad, Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED makes it possible to practice on a virtual cadaver, accurately replicating the cadaver dissection experience.
Five modules are available within the app, allowing for access to the skeletal and muscular systems, nervous system, cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory systems, digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. There’s also room for body orientation, tissues, cells and chemistry.
Many different interactive slides, as well as detailed imagery, videos and animations ensure that this is a comprehensive package for medical students, along with a quiz facility. There’s even pronunciation tips for difficult to pronounce terms.
Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED might not be the cheapest of apps, costing $12.99 plus the same price again for extra modules, but for medical students, it should prove very valuable in giving them the extra edge in their studies.
Released: 2012-07-09 :: Category: Education
GreatCall has just released its next app in the health and wellness scene, LiveNurse. This app allows users to actually connect with a registered nurse for advice at any time or day.
These live, registered nurses will ask basic questions and follow medical standards to obtain enough information to direct users to the appropriate care for whatever situation the user may be in.
In addition to 24/7 help from a registered nurse, the app features information from the award-winning medical encyclopedia, A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. The information includes descriptions of common medical problems and their treatments as well as symptoms, warnings, prevention, and more.
LiveNurse has a “Shake for Help” feature that provides information on topics being read by shaking the iPhone. The information appears as a bubble on the screen specific to whatever the user was reading about.
Pre-existing GreatCall users can log into their GreatCall accounts on LiveNurse. The app is available for free but requires a subscription of $3.99 per month.
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Medical
Given that it’s free, women in need of tracking their birth control medication may as well skip ahead and get downloading myPill™ – Birth Control Reminder immediately.
As the name suggests, myPill™ – Birth Control Reminder is an easy to use app that reminds women of when to take their next birth control pill. That’s useful enough in itself but the app goes one step further. Easily set up, myPill™ – Birth Control Reminder can help women plan their schedule up to six months in advance at the swipe of a finger. This means that the user can track exactly when to expect their periods so they can plan their life and any big plans accordingly.
A built in notes facility ensures that users with any concerns can track any unusual changes in their cycle, ready to inform their doctor or gynecologist at a later appointment. Other events such as missed pills can also be easily tracked.
Even SMS and e-mail reminders can be configured for those who don’t just want to be reminded by their iOS device.
myPill™ – Birth Control Reminder is an Universal app and available now.
Released: 2011-03-21 :: Category: Lifestyle
Was your New Year’s resolution to get back in shape? The iPad and iPhone can be great workout companions, especially with apps like iMuscle from 3D4Medical.com.
iMuscle is a workout aid that can be used to find exercises that coincide with specific muscles in the body. The muscles are displayed in a visually appealing 3-D view that the user can rotate 360 degrees. Users can create custom workouts and receive hints and tips for specific exercises. The exercises are even performed by a 3-D model.
iMuscle has added some features in its 2.4 update. Users can now share workouts between the iPhone and iPad apps. The overall experience of the app has been improved with larger buttons, the workout creation process made easier, the ability to edit an exercise within a workout, and more flexibility in moving between exercises within a workout.
iMuscle won Apple’s best iPad app in the Medical category in 2011 and was listed as one of TechCrunch’s top 20 apps of 2011. iMuscle is available as both an iPad and iPhone app.
Released: 2011-06-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Released: 2011-04-14 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
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.
As part of Health & Fitness month, we thought we’d take a quick look at what safety conscious mobile services company, GreatCall, are offering vulnerable iOS users to ensure they feel safer in their own homes.
5Star Urgent Response by GreatCall is one such app that updates the personal safety alarm concept to the iOS era and makes it all the more vital a tool for those who are vulnerable and less able than they used to be.
The app allows its users in times of need to contact a highly-trained Certified Response Agent at the tap of a button. The agent can then identify the user and their location, conference in family or friends to help, access a nurse or provide any extra assistance that may be needed. They can also contact 911 emergency services if need be but GreatCall empathise that the user shouldn’t treat the app as a replacement to 911, it’s more of a supplement.
Each user has a personal profile that allows the agent to know about things like pre-existing medical condition and emergency contact details so it’s a very safe service. There’s also the provision of a 24/7 LiveNurse advice service and email functionality.
Ultimately, it’s peace of mind for the user and their loved ones. The app is $14.99 and $14.99 a month thereafter.
Released: 2011-10-18 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
For other users with medical conditions, GreatCall has provided MedCoach, a free app that helps the user keep track of what medications they need to take and at what time of day.
Simple to use and with regular reminders and alerts, MedCoach will even allow users to connect to their pharmacy when it’s time to get a new prescription. Linked to the First DataBank national drug database, it’s also possible to look up medication as well as dosage for advice.
MedCoach is out now and it’s free to download.
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.
Released: 2011-11-18 :: Category: Medical
With gorgeous graphics, intuitive controls and constant updates Pocket Body (Musculoskeletal) is a slick and comprehensive way to study for that next Anatomy and Physiology exam or effectively communicate with a patient using a visual aid.
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Keeping track of health data and checkup information for all the family can be pretty tedious. After all, who wants to focus on their ailments all the time? Potentially knowing that knowledge or, more importantly, having that information on hand at all times, could save the life of a much loved family member. As an example, I’m allergic to paracetomol so what happens if I fall unconcious and wind up in hospital in need of painkillers urgently? An app like medAssist will ensure that such allergy information is readily available for any medical professional.
The app offers a place to store simple information such as date of birth as well as more complex and involved knowledge such as allergies, family disease history, blood group, even when the user had surgery or an X-Ray last. Chronic ailments such as joint problems or disease can be stored along with contact details for the family doctor making it easy to check in.
medAssist is one of few apps that could genuinely save lives. At $3.99 that’s a small price to pay.
The developers behind upcoming app, FartZam! HD have shared an exclusive peek at their revolutionary new Medical app. They explain the app to be “like Shazam for music, only for diet and health.”
Simply hold your iPhone near your hindquarters, and let loose any gaseous air that might be lingering in your colon. Yes, this is a Fart App with participation. FartZam HD! will “smell” your fart, and tell you what you should and should not be eating. Imagine a near future where you can fart into your iPhone and learn, “YOU NEED MORE FIBER.” Or, perhaps, “LACTOSE INTOLERANT.” Head off potential illness with “SCHEDULE A PROCTOLOGY EXAM.”
In our highly connected world, any iOS app worth it’s weight in farts will share your health status with social media. FartZam! HD is no different. Send the facts of your fecal environmental impact to your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and even Last.fm user lists. Create a playlist to share on Grooveshark of your favorite fart moments, along with their associated medical diagnosis, like, “LESS ASPARAGUS, MORE LETTUCE.”
FartZam will be available, “sometime this month,” according to the developers, who are ready to release this cloud-based app on the iTunes App Store and rake in the money.
From my various stints in doctors offices, mostly for sports related injuries, I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the medical field. For the most part, family doctors, particularly pediatricians, are fairly low tech. Even in the high tech world we live in, many doctors prefer to use paper based charts and graphs instead of digital devices that would speed up their work considerably. I do understand the trade-off, sacrificing speed for a guarantee of no crashes, but at some point we need to move forward.
Pediacents, a new app by Exsilico, is designed to completely take paper and guess-work out of determining pediatric blood pressure percentiles. As of now, the only way that pediatricians can determine if children need further evaluation of treatment for high blood pressure is by looking at a slew of time consuming charts and graphs, only still to come up with a number that is often imprecise. With this new app, doctors can type in a child’s blood pressure and instantly see their exact blood pressure percentile, based on CDC growth data and regression algorithms, in an instant. While figuring out the blood pressure percentiles, Pediacents also calculates BMI and BSA, and instantly shows you the child’s BMI, weight, and height percentiles… all without the use of any charts or graphs.
Apps like Pediacents will never top the app charts, but apps like this really do show the great potential that the iPhone has to do some good in this world. We’re getting to a place where a family doctor or pediatrician could almost do all of their work on an iOS device, hopefully making those long waits in the reception areas a thing of the past. If anything, it would be pretty neat to have my doctor walking around with an iPad instead of a clip board.
We all know that CPR is a staple of hospital dramas and medical mysteries on television, but how many of us actually know and understand the science behind what is going on? For that matter, do you know how to perform it properly? Personally, I know that the process involves applying pressure to someone’s chest repeatedly, while simultaneously providing them with oxygen, but as for how to properly perform the potentially lifesaving measures, I am completely in the dark.
However, for those that understand the process of CPR assisted resuscitation, they know that not only is this a difficult and often physically draining process, but it also requires attention to a wide variety of body cues as well as strict attention to timing. It is difficult enough to try to keeps ones head clear under such tremendous pressure to begin with, so why not make the process a little easier with the help of the breakthrough new app CPR PRO from Ivor Medical.
Through a series of visual and auditory cues, the program will aid rescuers in trying to make the most of a chaotic situation. How does it actually work, you ask? Ivor Medical breaks it down like this:
- Visual and audio prompts
- Metronome to pace chest compressions
- Rate detection of actual compressions
- Detection of number of compressions
- Prompts to give two rescue breaths over 1 second, after the detection of 30 chest compressions
- Prompts to pace ventilation, when the airway is secured (10/minute)
- Stopwatch running continuously, helping you to keep track of time (regularly reassess the victim, deliver defibrillation and drugs, change rescuer roles, etc.)
- Two modes of operation, 30:2 and PRO – to be used when the airway is secured or if unwilling/unable to provide mouth-to-mouth ventilations
- Elegant and soothing design
- Designed to work with CPR PRO cradle for iPhone by Ivor Medical
- Basic Life Support algorithm with photos
- Complete Instructions for Use
When you combine use of the application with the patent pending, new CPR PRO Cradle, not only will you see the benefits of the program itself, but it will also help to protect your body against fatigue during this tiring process.
“Rescuers grasp the two sides of the device with their palms, so that their hands are in line with their shoulders. Due to this natural hand position, it takes less power to perform accurate compressions and rescuers get tired less quickly.” — via CPR PRO Cradle product description
There is one important thing to note when using a app of this nature: though it offers basic on-screen instructions to the resuscitation process, CPR PRO is no replacement for formal CPR training. For a mere $1.99, this is a download that could literally be a lifesaver.
Education. Sure, it was the bane of my existence, but where would we be as a society without it? I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend four years of their life (or more), just to get a piece of paper that says they are competent in their field of choice? I realize that is oversimplifying matters a bit, but thankfully there are those that go through the tedious process of being taught all of that “necessary” information. For example, nobody would want to have a doctor that didn’t know what they were doing.
Thankfully, iOS app developers are also looking out for medical students, going as far as to create a new piece of software aimed directly at helping them pass arguably one of the more difficult parts of their entire education: Boards. While I only had to write a massive research paper to graduate, medical students have to go through numerous levels of testing before they are even remotely allowed to practice their craft. As is the case with any student, they are always looking for a way to cram in the most efficient way possible and that is where Colen Publishing’s new Neuro Board Review app comes in. Some of the larger features highlight the following:
- Board-style questions and answers
- Detailed explanations for right and wrong answers
- Quiz and assessment tools to allow you to track progress and success
- Question browser mode for unscored review of any and all content sections
- Reference mode provides correct answers immediately for quick review
- Optional timer to help establish pace
- Each reference is hyperlinked to that reference on the web for more in-depth learning
- Ability to bookmark and save difficult questions for future study, or shuffle questions within sections or across all sections
Just looking at that list of features makes me glad that I don’t have to take the test! There are certainly quite a few elements that need to be considered when taking an exam of this nature, so I have a sneaking suspicion that this will prove to be very helpful for future physicians everywhere.
There is one thing to note, however, when it comes to the application’s price. While the base app may be free, don’t expect the testing modules to be the same. Purchasable via DLC, these add-ons will cost you anywhere from $29.99 on the low end to $59.99 on the high end and will only cover one specific area of study.