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My Pregnancy Today Android App, Daily Guide

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in Health, Top Rated Apps | comment

The My Pregnancy Today Android app is a comprehensive daily pregnancy guide with a wealth of information for all expectant parents.

  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Size: 21.57MB (app2SD enabled)
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Price: Free

To get started with the app, enter (or calculate) your baby’s due date to instantly jump to the most relevant information in the pregnancy calendar. This calendar is the fundamental feature of the My Pregnancy Today app and provides week-specific developmental updates, videos, checklists, and more.

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Scan & Find Healthy Groceries w/ the Fooducate App

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in Health, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

Fooducate Android app helps you scan and find healthy groceries. This app was created by dietitians and concerned parents with the goal of getting people to eat better.

  • Version: 0.92
  • Size: 3.61MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Price: Free



The Fooducate app boasts a database containing over 200,000 unique UPCs (and growing). The product information for each food is analyzed from the nutrition label and ingredients list.Unfortunately, the information provided is U.S. only.

Using the Fooducate app is simple, just pick up a food item from the shelf (or your cupboard) and scan it with the built-in barcode scanner. Or, shake your Android device to launch a random food’s product details page.

The returned details page features a product image, the calories per serving, % of people who like it, and the final grade. Additional information includes FoodPoints values, warnings, and other details the manufacturer may or may not have wanted you to know (e.g. extensive processing). The various warnings displayed for some foods include excessive sugar, trans fats, controversial food colorings, and confusing serving sizes. The alternatives tab displays related items that earn a better grade than the product you’ve scanned. A nice feature is that you can instantly see the reasons why another item is better, like having healthier ingredients and more nutrients.

Pros:

  • Scan 200,000+ foods and find healthy alternatives instantly
  • Quickly check a food’s grade based on its nutritional information and ingredients list
  • Warning details displayed e.g. high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, controversial food colorings
  • Handy, attractive interface is ideal for quick scans at the grocery score



Areas for improvement:

  • Add the option to input a text search (e.g. Cheerios) in addition to UPC code scanning



Conclusion: A convenient Android app for checking the nutritional value of foods using a quick UPC scan. Ideal for checking a few items you’re concerned about but does not scale well for checking an entire grocery list.

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Top Android App: Adidas miCoach

Posted on May 16, 2011 in Health, Top Rated Apps | comment

Adidas miCoach turns your Android phone into a motivational, personal trainer.

  • Version: 1.1.5894
  • Size: 2.50MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Health
  • Price: Free



Adidas miCoach is similar to other GPS tracking Android apps like Google MyTracks and CardioTrainer with the added bonus of real-time coaching and user-created, paced music playlists.

After signing up for a free account, click the “Go” button and choose the “Assessment Workout” to determine your fitness level. Then you can schedule workouts depending on your goals, whether it be building speed, endurance, or both.

Once you’ve decided on a workout, choose a playlist that you have previously created in the stock Android music app. You can also specify how much voice coaching you prefer (full, instructional only, and none), as well as whether or not you want GPS tracking enabled. To begin, click the green “Start Workout” button.

The workout interface displays the time elapsed, current phase, and lets you adjust the music playlist. A great feature of this app is its default setting of locking the workout screen to avoid any inadvertent selections. To unlock, swipe across the bottom of the screen to display the options to pause or end the workout.

Upon completion, the summary page clearly displays the time elapsed, calories burned, distance covered, and the pace. You can also add information about your shoes (if you’d like to track the life of your running shoes), workout rating, and personal notes. Then, save and sync your workout details to the app itself and miCoach.com (which offers extensive detailed workout information, tracking statistics, etc.).

Pros:

  • Plan personalized workouts and sync directly to/from your Android phone and miCoach.com
  • Voice coaching motivates you throughout the workout
  • Listen to your own music playlists
  • Track distance traveled, calories burned, time elapsed, and pace
  • Beautiful, streamlined, intuitive user interface



Areas for improvement:



Conclusion: One of the best sports & health apps packed with sophisticated features to help you improve your speed and endurance.

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Top Android App: WebMD for Android

Posted on May 12, 2011 in Health, Top Rated Apps | comment

WebMD for Android will help facilitate your health improvement and decision-making efforts while on the go.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 6.56MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Health
  • Price: Free



WebMD for Android opens to a homescreen with five categories you’re likely to recognize from the the WebMD website; Symptom Checker, Conditions, Drugs & Treatment, First Aid Information, and Local Health Listings.

With the Symptom Checker, click on the body part you’re having trouble with (e.g. knee, quadriceps, or abdomen). For smaller body parts like eyes or nose, use pinch-to-zoom for more accurate selections. Or, if it’s easier for you to view/use, select the List tab to view all body parts broken down by region. You can also select multiple symptoms to improve the list of possible conditions.

The Symptoms, Drugs & Treatments, and First Aid Information categories are all similar in that you can browse a complete A-Z list or use a text/speech search to find what you’re looking for. The First Aid Information section is extremely helpful for common medical issues like food poisoning, insect bites, or jellyfish stings. Some of the more serious conditions described in this section aren’t for home remedies but rather to understand how a doctor would treat it. There is also linked information that takes you to the mobile version of WebMD for things like exams/tests and prevention measures, although it would be ideal if this information were accessible from within the app itself.

If you find yourself suffering from any condition and need medical care, the Local Health Listings category features the ability to search for the nearest physician, hospital, or pharmacy based on your current location. Adding review/rating information (i.e. from Yelp or other large repositories) would be extremely useful when choosing where to go.

Pros:

  • Check symptoms and identify potential conditions on the go
  • Invaluable resource of drug, treatment, and first aid information
  • Locate nearby health facilities including physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies
  • Clean, attractive interface is easy to navigate and simple to use



Areas for improvement:

  • Embed supplemental information within the app instead of linking to the mobile website



Conclusion: Take the medical expertise of WebMD wherever you go with their information-packed, user-friendly Android app.

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Top Android App: iTriage Mobile Health

Posted on Jan 16, 2011 in Health, Top Rated Apps | comment

iTriage Mobile Health was assembled by doctors to help you make better healthcare decisions.

  • Version: 2.72
  • Size: 1.43MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Health
  • Price: Free



iTriage provides a comprehensive database of health information including the ability to search symptoms, research diseases, and learn about specific procedures. You can use the real-time search box (narrows done results as you enter more text) or voice input to quickly find the facts you’re looking for.

With this app you can also easily find medical treatment or a doctor based on your location. You can further refine the results by specialty, e.g. cardiology, dermatology, or pediatrics. Details for medical treatment locations include their phone number, website, address and directions, as well as a description of their services and open hours. Quality reports and emergency room wait-times help you to make an informed decision about the care you receive.

Pros:

  • Information on more than 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases, and 350 medical procedures.
  • Directory of hospitals, urgent care, clinics, pharmacies, and physicians
  • Quality reports for hospitals and physicians
  • Emergency room wait-times for some hospitals



Areas for improvement:

  • Location-based information for non-U.S. users



Conclusion: The quintessential health Android app to pinpoint symptoms, learn possible causes, and find appropriate/affordable treatment.

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