Maintain your health and mind with these 15 medical apps


Keeping up your health can be hard work — America’s rising obesity levels can attest to that. These days, we spend countless hours gawking at our smartphone displays, continually playing borderline-addicting games and watching videos that may actually have adverse affects on our health in the long run. However, your smartphone can also be robust medical accessory with the right intrigue and set of mobile apps.

There’s a variable swath of free and premium medical apps on the market, some of which allow you to better understand pharmaceuticals while others work to diagnose your symptoms and prep you for an unforeseen medical emergency. Below are a few of our current favorites for keeping you in the know. They certainly shouldn’t replace your routine trip to the doctor, but they might just make things a bit easier.

By Emily Schiola

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Meditation startup Simple Habit adds Android, web app


Mindfulness app Simple Habit has expanded its reach, launching an Android version and also adding a web app to widen the touchpoints for what the team is hoping to build into a platform for guided meditation — touting their Spotify style subscription model as a first for the mindfulness space.

Simple Habit’s initial pitch focused on a selection of free five minute guided meditations — aiming to appeal to busy professionals who might not feel they can afford to take 20 minutes or half an hour out of their day. But it’s not limiting content on the platform to only bite-sized meditations.


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Using the S Health app on the Samsung Galaxy S5


Samsung has covered a lot of health and fitness bases on the Galaxy S5

Health and fitness has a big focus in the Samsung Galaxy S5, something we learned from the very moment it was introduced on stage. Samsung is making it easy to get involved in tracking your activity with the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone and the first-party S Health application.

S Health is a nice and easy way to pay more attention to your activity levels without the need for any wristbands or paying for any apps. Here’s what it can do for you.

The pedometer

Galaxy S5 pedometer

Part of the S Health app is the step counter, where the phone will act as a pedometer recording your steps and feeding that information into the app. It also – should you wish it to – display your steps on the lockscreen. A couple of design issues aside, the Galaxy S5 does a great job of counting your daily steps and giving you a figure for how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day.

As time goes by and you want to look back through your history, S Health will give you options to view your activities by hour, day and month by tapping the graph icon in the very bottom right corner as well as presenting a log in list form of your entire history.

You can also hook in supported accessories that will record the data for you and then feed it into S Health. The app says “Samsung accessories” so it doesn’t look so hot for your Fitbit right now.

The heart rate monitor

Heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 has a heart rate monitor round the back that plugs right into the S Health app. Whether you’re just curious or whether or not you’re going to use it during your workouts, it’s a pretty handy thing to have close by. If you’re wanting all there is to know about the heart rate monitor, hit up the link below.

by Richard Devine 

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Using the LG Health app on the LG G3


LG is helping you track your daily exertions on the G3, if you know where to look, that is

You’d be forgiven for not realizing, but on the LG G3 you can track your daily activities with the built in LG Health application. It’s actually a pretty nice application to have around to track your daily steps, runs, or map your favorite routes.

You’ll not find it in the app drawer, though, so the first thing we need to do is get to it.

How to open the LG Health app

If you disbabled the Smart Bulletin, or ‘G’ home screen, then you’ll want to get it back. It’s a pain that we need to use this in order to actually get into an app on the phone, but that’s just where we are. LG Health occupies the top half of the Smart Bulletin – as well as displaying an overview of your daily steps, distance and calories – and tapping on it will open up the app.

If you need a hint on how to turn it back on – and indeed off again should you wish – check out the link below.

Inside the app

LG Health

When the app first opens you’ll see this pretty snazzy looking circular widget that fills up with information throughout each 24 hour cycle. In the center you’ll see your steps for the day and a little person that will indicate what kind of exercise you’re doing – or not, as the case may be. For example, if you start running that little person will change to a runner.

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How to use the Heart Rate Monitor on the Galaxy S5


One of the big hardware advancements that Samsung included in the Galaxy S5 is its built-in Heart Rate Monitor, letting you keep up on your health with no additional accessories required. Even better, Samsung integrated its heart rate sensing technology into the same housing that holds the camera’s LED flash, keeping the device slim at the same time.

Whether you’re just curious about your heart rate from time-to-time, or you’re considering getting more involved with your fitness and want to get solid readings while you’re working out, the Galaxy S5’s integrated Heart Rate Monitor is a great place to start. Read along with us and learn a bit about how it works.

Taking your heart rate with your phone

Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

The Galaxy S5 handles all health-related functions — including its Heart Rate Monitor — in Samsung’s S Health app on your phone. Along with giving you access to heart rate monitoring, the S Health app lets you use your phone as a pedometer, track all kinds of exercise and even keep you diet in check.

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Tech a rest: apps to help you get a good night’s sleep

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock: highly rated app analyses sleep patterns and wakes you during your lightest sleep segment.

Technology has a growing part to play in the science of sleep.

As technology rapidly progresses we know, with incredible detail, what happens when we close our eyes at night, but as society delves deeper into the cyber sphere we are finding it harder than ever to turn off with the lights.

From smartphones to iPads, laptops or a Sky box in the bedroom, there are a multitude of distractions that prevent us from embracing slumber.

But, as much as our gadgets and gizmos play a key role in killing a good rest, they can also hold the secret to sleep success.
Sleep apps 
There is an endless number of apps designed to improve and enhance sleep for the growing numbers who find themselves in difficulty.

Both the Google Play store and Apple’s iTunes Store have a range of apps that will track and record a detailed account of your sleep pattern to allow you to have a more in-depth understanding of how you rest. 
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, €.0.89 from iTunes
 : This highly rated app analyses sleep patterns and monitors movements during rest using a sensitive accelerometer.

The app breaks down a night into the various phases of sleep allowing you to differentiate between light and deep sleep, and also shows how long it takes you to drift off, which can help you to understand your pattern better.

The app also has an alarm function, which wakes you in your lightest sleep segment within a 90-minute period to help you wake at an optimum time and maximise the benefit of your sleep. 
Sleepbot, free on Google Play:
 For android smartphones, this is a great tool for tracking sleep with a vast array of uses. Like the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, it tracks your sleep and monitors your night movements as well as recording any sounds, addressing issues such as sleep talkers and snoring.

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RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk for Android adds FREE training plan feature: Free Download


Today there are over 25 million people using RunKeeper, a personal trainer in the pocket.

You have many ways to interact with the app, having fun and also track your sports activities. If you wish to track your walking, cycling, running or biking use the GPS in your Android smartphone.

The RunKeeper update brings new features so that you can keep your training program to track your progress, to see if you have progressed according to your plan. This new version comes with the “Me” tap redesigned, where you can see your training history.

Furthermore, you can share your activity status with your friends (time, calories, map, and distance) and get an idea of  the overall health.

All users who want to download the latest RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk for Android application can visit its Play Store Link from here. Also, you can find more details about the application by visiting its official web site from here.

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Alarm App Helps Researchers Calculate Medical Research While You Sleep

The Samsung Power Sleep app is an alarm app unlike any other. When you set your alarm at night, the app takes your smartphone’s processors and uses it to decrypt protein sequences – information used for cancer and Alzheimer’s research, among others.


Power Sleep functions like an alarm clock. When you go to sleep, your smartphone or tablet requests a data package from the SIMAP server (Similarity Matrix of Proteins) at the University of Vienna and starts calculating. When your alarm rings, the process ends and the package is recorded in the SIMAP database. Fully automatically and for free – Doing good has never been easier.

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