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June 11, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! FUNNY CAMERA Amazing Facts Numbers Fun Facts Optical Illusions Optical Illusions 2 Optical Illusions Pre-School Test for U Phrases for Work Quotes by Great Women Quotes by Wise Old Men Riddles Seen On T-Shirts Sillies Smile SMS Abbreviations Meaning Someone and you Statistics about Sex Strange but true coincidents Super Silly Quiz Tips for Managers Tongue Twisters Twisted Fun Thoughts Time Fun Facts Valid doubts Viral Email Health Tips

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iPhone Apps for Cancer Patients

April 13, 2010 by  
Filed under CANCER

Living with cancer is very difficult. Could technology make life easier for cancer patients? I have compiled a list of iPhone apps that might just do the trick.

There is nothing like a personal digital diary to remind you of your schedule. Reminders of chemotherapy sessions are not usually welcome but nevertheless useful and might even make them tolerable. With this app, you can also easily record other details such as symptoms and side effects, information which is important for your treatment. This personal oncology diary can help overcome the memory lapses associated with the “chemo brain.”

Chemo Calc
Chemo Calc is a tool for health professionals, a chemotherapy dosing calculator. It has “the ability to calculate doses based on AUC, BSA, or weight with the ability incorporate all aspects impacting calculating chemotherapy dosing including adjusted body weight and option to auto convert IDMS to non-IDMS serum creatinine.”

TouchOut™ Cancer
TouchOut Cancer (Health News) is a new way to stay informed with cancer information… bringing cancer news, knowledge and awareness to people each and every day. It is available for iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is one of the very first advocacy groups to come up with an app for iPhone. The bilingual (English and French) app brings you the latest news of the CBCF and on-the-go access to online CBCF communities including socnets on Facebook, Twitter, and CBCF’s Finding Hope blog. The app also facilitates registration for the events such as the CBCF Run for the Cure, as well as making donations.

This is not a cancer app per se but tumor surgery and long recovery did inspire it. The developer of iSketch is Cameron Cohen then aged 11 who spent months to recover from a surgery of a benign tumor in his leg. Unable to play his favorite sports basketball and tennis, Cameron put his recovery time to good use by developing iSketch, a phone app that allows people to sketch and paint on their iPhones, thus killing time in waiting and hospital rooms. In addition, the profits of the app help buy electronic stuff for kids recovering from cancer. Now 12-year old Cameron tells USA Today:
“After having such a great exp eminence at the hospital, I knew I wanted to do something to help the kids there, mainly preteens and teens. If they have to be in hospital for whatever reason, I wanted to do something to make their stay better, like offering electronic items and games that could make them happier.”

The young developer announced that $20,000 of iSketch profits will soon be donated to the Mattel Children’s Hospital to buy more interactive electronic devices for teen and tween patients. In the meantime, Cameron is working on an update.

iPhone Apps for runners

April 6, 2010 by  

I’ve always wished for one of those monitors that measures pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure during runs. I’ve used such a thing in connection with treadmills but never on my outdoor runs. Unfortunately, the early generation of such monitors were bulky, cumbersome, and not really that user friendly. All these changed of course with the advent of iPod, and thus Nike + iPod became popular. It took another while till the smart phone iPhone caught up with similar apps. I looked at some of these apps as my birthday is coming up and nothing would please my dear spouse better than to give me such an app which he can borrow from time to time. What’s more, the currently available apps measure much more than cardio stats: They can also distance, speed and calories burned, and approximate time to weight target. And they can even track your route on google map.

What are the apps available out there?

Nike + iPod Sport Kit (Rock and Run)

This is the classic digital running mate originally developed for iPod. For this app, you need special Nike shoes with a special pocket in the insole for the sensor. The sensor tracks your run and its stats and sends the data to the iPod or iPhone. You can then create some nifty graphs of your run (elevation, speed, etc.) by logging in to your Nike + Internet account. A recent feature are motivational soundbites from sports celebrities like Lance Armstrong. And don’t forget your favorite music!


This is another running app which tracks speed, distance, time, pacing.According this lifehacker review “it’s exactly the kind of app you’d expect a real Nike+ solution to be. It tracks your speed, pace, time, and distance, displays that blow-by-blow information directly on your iPhone while you’re running, and has a great history feature that lets you browse through your recent runs and delete a run if you don’t want it. That’s all completely awesome.” It can produce nifty maps such as speed and elevation vs. distance graph. A minus is the google mapping of the run which seems to be inaccurate, at least by an earlier version. The updated version seems to be performing better with bigger fonts and a landscape text mode for better readability during runs plus a calorie calculator.


This app is also for outdoor activities, be it running, cycling, hiking, or even skiing in the winter time. It, too, tracks your heart stats as well as your run stats plus GPS tracking of your route. OK, this may be a bit too much for my short jogging runs but this is definitely something for long-distance runners.


This app ahs been described as “a highly sophisticated application that lets you monitor your heart rate using your iPhone microphone. “ It can be used for running, walking as well as cycling. However, I can’t get much more info other than this. Reviews from users are mixed from the very negative to positive.

Take note that there are other apps out there and new updates and new ones are released all the time.

Some limitations:

Size. Compared to the iPod, the iPhone is still pretty bulky and heavy. For running, I still prefer my small, ultra-light MP3 player.

Price. Some of these apps cost something, some are for free. The Nike + iPod kit costs $29 and you need special shoes to go with it. My suggestion: try out the free apps and see how it works out for you. Or go for the free trial version of the paid ups and see what you think.

Battery life. GPS tracking and blow-and-blow accounting use up battery power. A common complaint by users is that the battery life of an iPhone is not enough for long runs or hikes. So make sure you have a back up (such as a good old paper map!) so you can find your way back in case your battery goes flat on you!

New at Battling for Health: SmartPhone Health Apps Series

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, HEALTHCARE

How is the new multimedia technology changing our lives? In lots of ways.

Recently, Apple announced that more than 2 billion phone applications (apps for short) have been downloaded. And that’s just for iPhone & Co. There are operating systems (OS) out there, from Androids to BlackBerry. The current estimate is 140,000 different iPhone apps are available with new ones sprouting up every day. I can’t find any figures but many of these apps (10% is my estimate) have something to do with health and medicine. Health apps will range from tracking your weight and calorie gain to tracking to blood pressure and glucose levels to tracking your pregnancy. All in your so-called mobile smart phone.

No wonder that developers are scrambling to come up with newer and more innovative and more user friendly apps for mobile phone users. And pharmaceutical companies and other health care industry players are realizing the potential for these apps and they, too, are developing industry-sponsored health apps.

The mobile phone is for many people, the doctor in the pocket. The site iPhone Medical Apps: news, reviews, and trends said it rather aptly:

“Smartphones will soon be diagnosing illness as well as advising on cures. Will we all become iPho-chondriacs?”

Lena Bryce’s mobile phone got her pregnant. Dan Woolley’s kept him alive for days under a collapsed building. Fran Neri’s saved her from a life-threatening infection. A fast-growing array of downloadable applications for smartphones is turning the mobile phone into a doctor in your pocket, on constant call to diagnose ills and propose cures. Soon mobile apps could even provide lifesaving home treatment for millions. That’s the upside. Experts warn, though, that apps may turn us into a neurotic nation of phone-hugging iPho-chondriacs.”

Phone apps are not only for patients. More and more doctors rely on their smart phone as a data storage, research and even diagnostic tool. In doing medical literature search using PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine), the keyword “iPhone”, a term we generally do not associated with medical journals, came up with 14 results. A paper published in the journal Health Informatics in August 2009 said:

Beyond phones. With the proper infrastructure, smartphones can help improve clinician satisfaction and increase EMR use.

Smartphone use is gaining traction among clinicians, with products like the iPhone and the BlackBerry supporting the display of drug references, medical calculators, decision support and EMR access. It is critical that a sound wireless infrastructure is in place to support smartphones and ensure connectivity. By tying in smartphones to the electronic record, CIOs can help to improve clinician workflow and maximize EMR use. Some clinicians will resist smartphone use; therefore, CIOs should continue to offer a variety of devices including COWs, tablets, laptops and wired PCs.

In April and the coming months, I will be starting a new series here on Battling for Health called SmartPhone Health Apps. Having recently upgraded from a first generation phone to a 3G iPhone, I am having fun trying out these apps. And I would be sharing with you what I’ll find out. Stay tuned!

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.