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Smartphone apps with a healthy outlook

Smartphone apps with a healthy outlook

Allegedly leaked photos of Apple’s iOS 8 showing the presence of the Healthbook app have been doing the rounds on the Internet. The app is rumoured to offer health and fitness tracking when it hits our iPhone and iPad screens in the very near future.

With the trend for health and fitness smartphone apps growing, we thought we’d take a look at what other health-focused apps are currently available on the market.

Health apps in abundance

It would seem there is no shortage of these particular apps to increase our awareness of health issues and aid our wellbeing. For instance, just trawling through the multitude of medical apps available on iTunes alone, would take longer than an impromptu Saturday night visit to A&E.

Which begs the question, just as the Internet is full of medical information – some accurate and some not so much – does having access to health-orientated apps on our smartphones aid our wellbeing or fuel our hypochondria?

Clinically approved

For those of you who like medical apps that have been approved by an official medical body, the following have been reviewed by the NHS to ensure they are clinically safe to use.

Headache Diary Pro: ideal for people who find navigating their smartphone’s features and apps headache inducing. The Headache Diary Pro app allows you to track your headaches and migraines to gain a better understanding of why you suffer from them and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. It can’t however make them go away.

Features include: tracking by headache start date and time, duration, type, pain location, severity, triggers, affects and medication. Also reporting features, including: historical lists of headaches and severity, summary, types, headache location, occurrence by day and time, and triggers and severity over time.

FibroMapp: claimed to be ‘the most comprehensive pain management app currently on the market’ by its developer, FibbroMapp is aimed at Fibromyalgia sufferers. It can be personalised to the user’s needs and requirements.

Features include: tracking by pain severity, location of pain, type, pain-relieving activities, sleep and sleep debt, medication, mood and fatigue, and a handy flare-up-button.

Diabetes Risk: free to download, this app is pretty handy when you’re deliberating over whether to have chips or salad or that extra pint. The app allows you to determine your diabetes risk in the coming years by utilising the Finnish Diabetes Risk Score. Step away from the biscuit…

Mindlogr: free to download, this app is ideal for people with things on their mind who need to vent. It’s essentially a ‘private logging tool that enables users to create private recordings of their thoughts.’

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