Pregnancy Apps: where is the Reset Option for Miscarriages?

A plethora of pregnancy apps promise answers and support during this life-changing time…

I was preparing a post overview about pregnancy apps, when I came across a review that I found of circumstance for DES Daughters and DES Grand Daughters:

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A plethora of pregnancy apps promise answers and support during this life-changing time…
Okay, sounds great, but where is the reset option for miscarriages?

It was an awesome app while I was pregnant but at 10 weeks 3 days at our first US we found out I am miscarrying. This is very emotionally painful for anyone who has to go through this. This app just made it worse, there is no “report a miscarriage” button or even a reset button. When I tried to erase this pregnancy the app even pops up a message saying “you must have at least one baby entered in the app” this message alone made me tear up and say “well thanks, ya I know I don’t have a baby anymore thanks a lot webmd” now I’ll just have to wait for the continued email update of my pregnancy and opt out that way, causing more pain. please make some changes to the app to make this an easier transition for moms who experience miscarriages. Thanks

Many DES-exposed women have experienced miscarriages, and even recurrent miscarriages… Some of us want to have kids but are struggling or unable to…
Sadly for many DES daughters having their own children is not possible!
Read more about DES pregnancy risks and studies about DES and pregnancy.

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Apple ResearchKit for iOS and new Health Apps aiming to boost Medical Research

With ResearchKit for iOS, Apple makes it much easier to join medical studies

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With Apple’s new ResearchKit, doctors can design apps that allow users to quickly and easily participate in medical studies. Image via Apple.

With iOS 8, Apple introduced HealthKit, a powerful tool that allows health and fitness apps on iPhone to work together. Over 900 apps have already been developed using HealthKit, transforming how we track, manage, and interact with our health.

The biggest challenge in medical research is that it takes so long to organize the studies but what if it could be done at the click of a button? With a user’s consent, ResearchKit can seamlessly tap into the pool of useful data generated by HealthKit — like daily step counts, calorie use, and heart rates — making it accessible to medical researchers. With ResearchKit, iPhone and iPad users will be able to search and sign up for specific medical studies on everything from Parkinson’s disease to diabetes, asthma to breast cancer.

Sources and more information

  • Apple makes it easier to join medical studiesmnn, Mar 18, 2015.
  • The Next Disruptor of Clinical Trials? Try Apple, mmm, MARCH 11, 2015.
  • ResearchKit An “Enormous Opportunity” For Science, Says Breast Cancer Charity, techcrunch, 2015/03/14.
  • ResearchKit Technical Overview, apple, March 2015.

Health-related Questions: the Google App relevant Medical Facts from the Knowledge Graph

Google brings fact-checked health info to top of search results via Google app

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Starting today, you can ask Google about common health conditions. Google will give you relevant medical facts from their Knowledge Graph and show you typical symptoms and treatments, and details on how common the condition is.

Google Official Blog
posted by Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager, February 10, 2015.

A remedy for your health-related questions: health info in the Knowledge Graph

Think of the last time you searched on Google for health information. Maybe you heard a news story about gluten-free diets and pulled up the Google app to ask, “What is celiac disease?” Maybe a co-worker shook your hand and later found out she had pink eye, so you looked up “pink eye” to see whether it’s contagious. Or maybe you were worried about a loved one—like I was, recently, when my infant son Veer fell off a bed in a hotel in rural Vermont, and I was concerned that he might have a concussion. I wasn’t able to search and quickly find the information I urgently needed (and I work at Google!).

Thankfully my son was OK, but the point is this stuff really matters: one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. And you should find the health information you need more quickly and easily.

So starting in the next few days, when you ask Google about common health conditions, you’ll start getting relevant medical facts right up front from the Knowledge Graph. We’ll show you typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details on how common the condition is—whether it’s critical, if it’s contagious, what ages it affects, and more. For some conditions you’ll also see high-quality illustrations from licensed medical illustrators. Once you get this basic info from Google, you should find it easier to do more research on other sites around the web, or know what questions to ask your doctor.

We worked with a team of medical doctors (led by our own Dr. Kapil Parakh, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.) to carefully compile, curate, and review this information. All of the gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from these doctors and high-quality medical sources across the web, and the information has been checked by medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy.

That doesn’t mean these search results are intended as medical advice. We know that cases can vary in severity from person to person, and that there are bound to be exceptions. What we present is intended for informational purposes only—and you should always consult a healthcare professional if you have a medical concern.

But we hope this can empower you in your health decisions by helping you learn more about common conditions. We’re rolling it out over the next few days, in the U.S. in English to start. In the long run, not only do we plan to cover many more medical conditions, but we also want to extend this to other parts of the world. So the next time you need info on frostbite symptoms, or treatments for tennis elbow, or the basics on measles, the Google app will be a better place to start.

Related press release: Google Brings Fact-Checked Health Info to Top of Pages, livescience, February 10, 2015.

New App 99% Effective Form of Natural Birth Control

A natural birth control, clinically proven to be 99.9% safe.
#Beyourself without the interference of hormones.
Green or Red? It’s that simple says @NaturalCyclesNC

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A natural birth control, clinically proven to be 99.9% safe. #Beyourself without the interference of hormones. Green or Red? It’s that simple says @NaturalCyclesNC

In many ways, family planning based on keeping track of one’s fertility is about as old-school as it gets. By paying attention to fluctuations in body temperature or cervical fluid, women can track when they’re ovulating and time intercourse so as to increase or decrease their odds of getting pregnant.

Currently, a slew of fertility tracking apps are working to bring family planning into the smartphone era. And now a new app aimed specifically at preventing pregnancy, called Natural Cycles, has hit the market, claiming to identify a woman’s non-fertile days when she is 99 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving. ”

… continue reading The App That Could Be A 99 Percent Effective Form Of Birth Control, huffingtonpost, 01/15/2015.

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HealthApps: do they do More Harm than Good?

By 2015, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health app

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Apple’s HealthKit brings all your health data together in one place and allows you to share it with health care providers.

” Amost 20% of smartphone users have one or more applications on their device that helps them track or manage their health. It is estimated that by next year, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health app. There is no doubt that these apps are growing in popularity.
But are they actually beneficial to our health?
Or could they do more harm than good? “

  • Do calorie-counting and fitness apps pull their weight?
  • Could health apps be detrimental to health?
  • No need for medical input when developing health app
  • Sharing data with doctors
  • Apple HealthKit – not necessarily ‘the beginning of a health revolution’
  • The use of HealthKit in clinical trials

Read Health apps: do they do more harm than good?, MNT articles/283117, by Honor Whiteman, 26 September 2014.

Prescription Mortelle

Robin Cook reprend les grandes problématiques actuelles de la e-santé

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Un suspense extrêmement informé et actuel autour de la médecine du futur et des dérives engendrées par la quête effrénée de rentabilité.

George est radiologue, spécialité qu’il a choisie car il n’aime pas particulièrement le contact avec ses patients. Il a contribué à la création de l’iDoc, un smartphone qui permet d’ausculter en direct le patient, 24h sur 24h, et de lui délivrer diagnostics et ordonnances. Un petit bijou, qui permettrait de réduire les coûts de santé aux USA de façon spectaculaire. Mais c’est trop beau pour être vrai. Quand, après sa petite amie, c’est son meilleur ami qui meurt sans raison, il se pose des questions. Car tous deux participaient en fait à la phase test de l’iDoc. Quel est vraiment le but de la société Amalgamated, propriétaire d’iDoc ? Quel rôle joue son ex-petite amie Paula, principale actrice et défenseuse de l’iDoc ? Une vérité qui dérange, mais qu’il a bien l’intention de dévoiler, coûte que coûte…

  • Une application mobile peut-elle vous tuer?
  • Un suspense extrêmement informé et actuel autour de la médecine du futur et des dérives engendrées par la quête effrénée de rentabilité.
  • Un roman qui reprend les grandes problématiques actuelles de la e-santé.

Robin Cook, ancien chirurgien ophtalmique, est l’un des maîtres du thriller médical. Depuis la parution en 1992 de Avec intention de nuire, chacun de ses romans, traduits dans le monde entier, se vend à plus de 25 000 exemplaires en France.

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Apple HealthKit – New iOS 8 Health and Fitness App

Apple’s new iOS 8 Health app feature is an aggregator for HealthKit compatible apps in iOS 8. This may work great with “iWatch”

Apple’s new iOS 8 Health and Fitness app feature is an aggregator for HealthKit compatible apps in iOS 8. This may work great with “iWatch”.

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  • Video published on 2 Jun 2014 by macmixing.
  • The new Apple HealthKit could revolutionize your relationship with your doctor, mnn, Feb 05, 2015.
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The Smart Ageing Health App

World’s First Interactive Mobile Clinic App on Elderly Care

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World’s First Interactive Mobile Clinic App on Elderly Care

Smart Ageing app by BorderlessHealthLab is an interactive online/mobile learning application to help elderly people, their caregivers and family members in going through and managing the aging process in a smart way by focusing on a preventative approach, as it may come with a set of challenges that can seem overwhelming for some. With Smart Ageing app, you will be able to utilize a mobile platform to enable access to knowledge and information, ensuring that the elderly people and caregivers are sufficiently equipped and are confident to face challenges in elderly care. The app offers 11 modules that covers topics like “Successful Aging”, “Nutrition—Myths and Facts”, “Mental Wellness as You Age” and “Keeping Bones Strong”.

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The Medically Informed Minder App

Designed to support domestic helpers, caregivers, and minders in providing quality home care for elderly individuals

The Medically Informed Minder app by BorderlessHealthLab is designed to support domestic helpers, caregivers, and minders in providing quality home care for elderly individuals. Special emphasis is placed on helping caregivers and minders navigate through complex bio-psycho-social scenarios in elderly care, in a simple Learn – Observe – Recall – Practice methodology.
The MIM Viewer app is also on Facebook.

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Check out some cool Phone Apps that could benefit your Health

While there may be some phone apps you can live without, there are some that can keep you healthy!

When it comes to your phone, do you suffer from app overload? While there may be some  phone apps you can live without, there are some that can really help you on your road to staying healthy! Joyce Evans gives us a nice list of things you can use to lose weight, check your pulse, eat right and so much more.

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