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Top iPhone Apps For Health Pros, Patients

Healthcare professionals and individuals are finding ways to manage health and wellness with applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.




Islet is an app that helps diabetics manage their illness.
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iFitness
Hooman Zohoor
Cost: $1.99

iFitness is a personal trainer that fits in the palm of your hand; it provides pictures, videos, and instructions for how to do over 230 exercises, sorted by body region and target muscle. The software lets you choose a target, tap an exercise, and get a picture of the exercise. Double-tap to flip the image and view text instructions. The app also provides video instruction for more difficult exercises. Users can create different custom workout lists for different days, add custom exercises, and track progress.

Islet
Michael Connor
Cost: $2.99

Islet is a diabetes management app that lets users record blood glucose readings, carb intake, insulin injections, and exercise, and e-mail results to a healthcare pro, parent, or anyone else. Users can view and edit all database entries, navigating by month, filter by date, time, or value, and export as comma-separated records for easy import to Excel. The app displays graphs of high, low, and average readings for a variety of data. The developer, a Princeton undergrad, recently received a $100,000 grant to continue developing the app.

Good Food Near You
Global Fitness Media
Cost: Free

Everybody eating a controlled diet has this problem at one time or another: You're out on the road, you didn't plan your next meal, but you're hungry and you have to eat. You need something fast and convenient -- but "fast and convenient" usually means "unhealthy junk food." What do you do?

Good Food Near You solves that problem. It provides a list of nearby fast-food and family dining locations, where you can get a fast, healthy meal.

I tested it out by searching near my home, it successfully located the neighborhood Subway, Marie Callender's and Denny's, and suggested healthy food on the menu for each.

Good Food Near You is far from perfect. For example, the very first choice it gave me wasn't a restaurant at all -- it was the nearby florist, which does not actually provide healthy food choices unless you are a cow. Also, at the local 7-Eleven, it suggested a jelly donut as a healthy food choice, and at Starbucks, a cinnamon raisin bagel.

You have to go through the app's list of suggestions, and throw out the garbage--and there'll be a lot of garbage.

Also, the database is thin, and it's pretty much limited to fast-food places. You won't find that darling little Asian-fusion place that just opened up the street with the delicious vegetarian menu.

Still, if you're caught on unfamiliar territory, and you need to get something to eat fast, and you want to eat healthy, Good Food Near You will help you. And it's free. Just don't expect too much.

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