There are more health and science applications out there now than anyone can even count. Some of them are great, while others are somewhat dubious to say the least. Here’s a look at six of the top apps in the market right now.
This web based application was designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. This reference tool is industrial grade and provides summaries on over 3,200 topics. Monitoring over five hundred medical journals, information updates are made daily to keep users in the loop of the most recent medical data available. Used by doctors, nurses, and students across the country, Dynamed is a great tool for anybody working in the health care industry or studying medicine.
PubMed Plus Mobile
Another web based mobile app designed for the health care industry, PubMed Plus Mobile is also a great tool for doctors, nurses, and students. Produced by the U.S. National Library of medicine, PubMed Plus works on all OS platforms. This app will provide you with access to full text versions of a number of e-journals, including all journals currently subscribed to by Penn Libraries. In the off chance that you can’t find what you’re looking for, PubMed Plus also allows you to upload and submit an inter-library loan form right from the app.
While this is a great reference tool, if you’re a visual learner it may not be the best choice as a stand alone tool. To reduce load time, PubMed is a text only application at the moment.
Breaking away from professional quality products, Foodditive is a great app designed with people who have specific dietary restrictions in mind. If you have an allergy to certain common additives or are just trying to maintain a more healthy lifestyle, this is a great tool to have handy at the grocery store.
Foodditive allows you to browse through a long list of commonly used additives in three ways: by E-Number (coding system for food chemicals used in Europe), by classification, and by chemical name. Once you find what you’re looking for, just tapping the name of an additive will give you a full description, common uses for the chemical, and documented possible reactions associated with it. To help understand some of the medical jargon that can go along with a complicated diet, there’s also a great glossary that goes with this app.
Alcohol Aware is a great product designed in the UK to help people become aware of the health effects of their lifestyle. This app measures the units of alcohol and number of calories per drink with easy slider controls to set for volume and alcohol content. Users can save photographic histories of their evening that calculate a summary based on what they’ve had to drink. Users can compare their habits against UK established health guidelines on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
Alcohol Aware has over 25,000 users with absolutely no formal marketing or advertising. Reports indicate that many users have made real changes to potentially dangerous lifestyles as a result of using this app.
If you’re a runner, odds are pretty good that you’ve already heard of this. iMapMyRun is a mobile app that brings the world of social media to the fitness world. You can track your pace, distance, and record routes using your phones GPS feature. MapMyRun also allows you to find friends to run with and share your run times on social media networks.
Traffic Light Food Tracker
Trying to cut down on your waist size, but not really sure what foods are hurting or helping you? The Traffic Light Food Tracker is designed to help you see through the packaging to what’s really in your food. By inputting values for a product’s total fat, saturated fat, sugars, and sodium per 100 g, traffic light food tracker assigns a Red, Green, or Yellow rating, with green being the healthiest, and red being a no go.
Christy Buffet is a medical scientist who often uses apps to help make her job easier. She has also written several helpful guides to getting a quality health science degree online.