The next time you head into the doctor’s office with a weird “I have no idea what this could possibly be” health issue, get ready—your M.D. could very well whip out her cell phone, take a photo, and upload it for the world to see.A new smartphone health app called Figure 1 allows doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to snap, upload, and share photos with others. Basically, it’s set up like an Instagram for M.D.s. Users can browse images based on body part (eye, nose, stomach, upper limb, back, etc.), mark photos to review later, and comment on them.The photos, which are as gnarly as you might imagine, are sure to churn most people’s stomachs. But for health care professionals, especially those who are new to their field or in an area with limited support, they could be vital to helping them make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions.RELATED: 7 Things You Should Never Feel Embarrassed About at the Gyno“Medicine is a … [Read more...] about This New Health App Allows Doctors to Post Pics of Patients’ Gross Medical Problems (NSFW)
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As a teen, I was driving in the car with my mom when she mused, "I would really like to lose 15 pounds." "I'd really like to lose 50," I replied, in the way one says they'd really like to win the lottery. The number seemed completely and totally out of reach. Despite being generally healthy, I had always been overweight, and losing 50 pounds seemed about as realistic as joining the Olympic figure skating team. Although I had half-heartedly dabbled in healthy eating and exercise for years, I never truly committed—and I couldn't imagine that I ever would. But a few years later, right before I left for college, I was getting a routine physical when my doctor gently brought up weight loss. "You know," she said, "this is a great time to make changes. Your whole life is changing, so you can really set new patterns." This resonated with me. I could tap into the so-called "fresh start effect," which says that the beginning of a new cycle (like a Monday, a new month, … [Read more...] about I Lost 50 Pounds, And Gained It All Back. Here’s What Went Wrong.
STEVEN G. ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL TECH-OBSESSED guy, but he'll readily admit he can't live without his iPhone. As often as five times a day, the 46-year-old hedge fund manager connects his phone to a docking station and uses the attached arm cuff to check his blood pressure. After each reading, an ingenious app called iHealth tracks, analyzes, and shares Steven's numbers with his doctor by e-mail."If I had an alarming day, I'd probably just call him myself," says Steven. "But this helps me verify that my readings have been in the target range."Steven wasn't always this obsessive. If anything, he was blase about his BP, rarely cuffing himself despite his history of moderately high blood pressure. Why bother? After all, he was exercising more and eating less, which helped him drop about 15 pounds in 2011, bringing his weight to under 215 pounds on a 6'1" frame. There was no way he would have a stroke.And he didn't. He had a heart attack. He survived; his complacency didn't. Today he … [Read more...] about How Mobile Apps will Revolutionize Health Care
Lost a leg? Need a new spleen? Going under anesthesia? There’s a robot—and possibly even an app—for that. The last few years have given way to tons of crazy advancements in the fields of robotics and bionics. Here’s a look at some of the coolest ones reinventing medicine.Bionic Body PartsC-Leg 4 is an above-the-knee prosthetic leg that users can control and change the settings for with a smartphone app. It even tracks the user’s activity, walking speeds, sitting time, and other data points to help with the rehab process, says Amit Bansal, doctor of osteopathic medicine and clinical instructor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU Langone's Rusk Rehabilitation Center.Plus, it gives users more mobility than non-robotic prosthetics ever could. The knee tension is variable, so people can walk, jog, and run at various speeds. They can also stand without having to lock the device and can even walk backward, none of which are possible with traditional above-the-knee … [Read more...] about We’re Closer Than Ever to Building the Bionic Human
I’ve always enjoyed changing up my exercise routine—more so out of interest than boredom. With the number of exciting fitness classes (hot yoga! indoor cycling! hot yoga-indoor cycling fusion!) available, I’ve always been too tempted to try them all, rather than commit to just one workout on a regular basis. But despite my six-day-a-week workout schedule and the advice that recommends “mixing up” your fitness routine, I never really got the results I was hoping for. Sure, I felt physically fit, but I wasn’t seeing a lot of improvements in my physique or body composition.Trying to get flat abs? If you've got a dumbbell on hand, you can do some of these moves: After reading all about the benefits of consistent strength training, I decided to research weight-lifting programs. The goal: finding a routine that I’d stick to so I could finally achieve the results I’ve been missing. And what better place to find a workout program than … [Read more...] about ‘I Tried 3 Of The Top Workout Programs On Instagram—Here’s What Happened’
There's a reason why Ikea is one of the most successful companies of all time. You can buy cool-looking home stuff (couches! sheets! entire counter top systems!) for prices so cheap, it’s practically free. Of course, you and your S.O. will need to spend five hours trekking through the warehouse-sized store to find said furniture. Then, if your relationship survives that, you still have to manage to put that furniture together—an even more daunting hurdle. RELATED: 9 DIVORCEES CONFESS EXACLY WHAT RUINED THEIR MARRIAGESBuilding Ikea furniture is such a notorious relationship killer that TaskRabbit, the website and app that lets you hire someone to help you get things done, compiled a list of Ikea-related pleas for help they've received—and we gathered some rants of our own, too: “I thought I was smart enough to assemble Ikea furniture—wrong. I thought my husband was smart enough. Double wrong. Need help putting together a twin daybed and some … [Read more...] about 7 Women on the So-Real Struggles of Building Ikea Furniture with Your S.O.
This story was originally published on DeanSomerset.com, the website of Dean Somerset, a personal trainer and exercise physiologist from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. His clientele ranges from joint replacement surgical clients to Olympic gold medalists and everyone in between. I'm about to turn 34 … I think. The years have all started to blur together. Most of the time, I really don’t feel any older than 17 (in terms of maturity, that is). But the calendar says it’s 2015, and I was born in 1981, so I guess it’s true.And that means it’s been roughly 20 years since I started lifting weights. It all started with just trying to rehab an ankle sprain from basketball. I kept going because I wanted to pick up girls by looking somewhat hot. And then I realized I was getting pretty strong and wanted to pursue weight lifting as a potential career. (Start your strength training routine today with our new app for iPhone and iPad: Men’s Health Personal Fitness … [Read more...] about 11 Things I Learned from 20 Years of Lifting
Whether you are trying to reduce your alcohol intake or quit drinking altogether, there are apps to help you succeed. We have searched through apps aplenty to bring you the best stop drinking apps based on their design, usability, user ratings, and ability to help you reach your target. Around 86.4 percent of adults in the United States have drunk alcohol at some point in their lifetime, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Consuming a moderate amount of alcohol - that is, up to one alcoholic drink per day for women and two for men - may have health benefits, such as a reduced risk for heart disease and ischemic stroke. However, binge drinking and heavy alcohol use are linked with car crashes, burns, falls, alcohol poisoning, violence, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, chronic diseases, cancers, memory and learning problems, and alcohol dependence. An estimated 88,000 individuals die annually from alcohol-related causes, which makes alcohol … [Read more...] about Best apps to stop drinking alcohol
For hospitals, patient no-shows are a constant and costly source of frustration. Each year, about 3.6 million people in the U.S. miss or delay medical care because of issues related to transportation like a ride to an appointment falls through or the car will not start. The problem is especially acute for low-income populations dependent on public transportation. According to The Washington Post, the average wait to see a physician is 18.5 days. During that time, patients may decide their concerns can not wait and go to the emergency room, or they may feel better and decide to skip the appointment sometimes without notifying the medical office. In a retrospective study published by BMC Health Services Research, researchers found that the average no-show rate for community hospitals was 62 appointments daily, at an annual cost of $3 million. At teaching hospitals, the no-show and late arrival rates averaged 25% and 31%, respectively. The financial toll of … [Read more...] about Hospitals are finding new apps to tackle an old problem: Patient no-shows
Dive Brief: WellCare Health Plans is developing two artificial intelligence (AI) systems, one patient-facing and one clinician-facing, intended to deliver actionable medical information to providers and patients, The Wall Street Journal reported. Care Plan, the patient-facing system, has has been made available to beneficiaries in Florida, Georgia and New York as part of the MyWellCare mobile app and should be available nationwide by the end of the year. Both systems work by analyzing WellCare records and data input by users to identify when patients are at risk for certain conditions and to recommend screening exams or preventive measures. Dive Insight: AI is gaining attention throughout healthcare. As potential for AI to improve outcomes continues to grow, there could be a lot of money up for grabs. But is the fanfare warranted? The market for AI in healthcare was around $600 million in 2014, but that is expected to grow to $6 billion by … [Read more...] about WellCare building AI-based analytics platform