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15 Apps For Healthy Living
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Ariella
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3/6/2014 | 3:04:44 PM
apps for healthy living
But the ultimate app would be one that just zaps the calories out of you! I'd settle for the workout fairy. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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3/6/2014 | 3:24:57 PM
Re: apps for healthy living
I want one Ariella!
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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3/6/2014 | 9:17:10 PM
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Sign me up, too!
Laurianne
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3/6/2014 | 3:23:15 PM
Smart toothbrush?
Send the toothbrushing data to your dentist and brace yourself for a whole new level of lecturing! Yikes.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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3/6/2014 | 3:32:12 PM
Re: Smart toothbrush?
@Laurianne at our practice, it's the hygenist who gives the lecture, and which one you get depends on which one cleans your teeth. Some stress flossing, some rinsing with specific rinses at specific times, etc. 
Alison_Diana
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3/6/2014 | 4:19:03 PM
Gluten Guidance
Several friends have recently been diagnosed as gluten intolerant and apps like MyFitnessPal and Fooducate will really help them adjust their diets. Are there any apps out there specifically for those following gluten-free diets, I wonder?
Kristin Burnham
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3/6/2014 | 9:16:42 PM
Good and bad?
I've tried a similar sleep cycle app, though I'm not sure it worked very well. The heart rate one seems interesting -- I wonder how well it works. Has anyone tried these others?
Alison_Diana
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3/7/2014 | 12:20:20 PM
Re: Good and bad?
The sleep one interested me, too -- although I don't really need an app to tell me I don't sleep well!
NJ Mike
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3/7/2014 | 10:47:51 AM
May get a few of these
Some of these apps look very interesting, but when people start posting their pulses on Facebook, I think we've gone too far.
Alison_Diana
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3/7/2014 | 12:22:44 PM
Re: May get a few of these
Agree! Some friends post their weight losses and that's getting to be a bit much. If they add their pulses (how many times a day would they do that!), it would border on the obsessive! However, these apps are a great tool if you're coping with a high or low pulse rate or need to monitor your heartbeat for some other reason. Just don't share the results!
Kristin Burnham
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3/8/2014 | 9:31:50 AM
Re: May get a few of these
Agreed. The temptation with these apps is to share everything... but just because there's a "share to Facebook/Twitter" option doesn't mean you need to use it! Some stuff is better kept private.
mak63
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5/30/2014 | 11:53:26 PM
Android
I see some apps don't have Android equivalents, but some do. Here are a few that I found and I use.

SleepCycle Sleep as Android

Vision Test 2.0 Vision Test

Hearing Test Hearing Test
Alison_Diana
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6/2/2014 | 9:22:33 AM
Re: Android
Thanks for the Android apps, @mak63. I wonder how many developers are creating Windows versions? Blackberry?
mak63
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6/2/2014 | 4:27:04 PM
Re: Android
You're welcome Alison. I'd also like to thank you for writing a great and useful article.

Windows versions? Blackberry?
I'm sure Windows versions will come soon. Blackberry? I don't believe it'll hapen.
Alison_Diana
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6/2/2014 | 4:36:42 PM
Re: Android
Totally with you there! Whenever I ask app developers about their future plans, they're often writing first for iOS, with Android soon after (or vice versa) and a Windows version is quite often on the agenda within six months or so. Blackberry rarely, if ever, comes up these days.
WilliamG967
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6/5/2014 | 11:47:25 AM
100-YR Health Management Plan where's the app?
To my entreprenuerial advantage, no one has thought to deploy a health app UI based on daily (or more frequent) total body skin (hair and nail) imaging collected simulatenously with whole-body surface scanning, preferably naked. Such imaging and scanning equipment is not affordable for the average Walmart shopper yet but it will be in a decade or sooner if I have any success. The software engineering to automatically bring the scans and images of the UI alive (realtime interaction with your digital double) with machine learning of near continous tracking and monitoring of whole-body and part position and posture for a revolutionary UX is the grand challenge. Processing power, programming languages, storage devices, and networking (MBAN, PAN, LAN) are not worries but design parameters for the mobile platforms today to render graphics and acoustics of human biotelemetry and health data archives for goal setting, healthcare planning and health analyses. I believe the solution to the health apps' high attrition rates will be an international standard for the whole-body, true-color surface with hair and nails binded to a skeleton that can derive joint position and motion from a panoly of sensors and qualitative behaviors (e.g., operation of man-made objects). Once this hurdle is cleared, all the health literacy/education content, that's not quantified, can smartly be delivered to users with precision and timeliness. 


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