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Health Care Apps For Your Mobile Phone

There are two things people take with them wherever they go: Their health, and their mobile devices.

The health care industry knows this, of course - and the last few years have seen an explosion of innovation when it comes to mobile health-related technology and its applicability to smartphones and tablet devices. According to an analysis from Juniper Research, Health care smartphone accessory sales are expected to become a $3 billion industry by 2019.

Already, there are thousands of health care and medically-related applications available to consumers - many of them free of charge to consumers, or available for only a few dollars - and easily downloadable directly to a mobile device.

Here are some of the best, listed by function:

Weight Management and Fitness

MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter is the most popular calorie and weight management apps on the market. In this category, popularity helps because users contribute menu items and nutritional data for all kinds of common food items. That makes the program much easier to use. Just enter whatever you eat, and the quantity (no cheating!) and it adds up the calories for you, along with macronutrients: Protein, fat and carbohydrates. Use this in combination with your base metabolic rate and some basic nutritional knowledge and it's a valuable, easy-to-use tool. You just have to be diligent about entering the data.

Other excellent options in this category include Weight and BMI Diary, OneSportsMan and NikeTrainingClub. The latter two are more optimized for the athletic, while Calorie Counter and Weight and BMI Diary are designed more for basic weight management. All work if you do the work, too!

Diabetes Management
Healthline.com recently surveyed the leading apps specifically designed for the management of diabetes. Some focus on nutrition, while others allow you to do things like upload blood glucose levels directly into the app, and help you understand and track levels, trends and alert you to a deterioration in your diabetes condition. Some of the recommended options include Glooko, Diabetic Connect, which adds some social media and networking functionality to help you build a support network, Glucose Buddy, The Diabetes App and dbees.com.

Medication Compliance

These apps are designed to help patients remember to take their medications on schedule, and can also help track dosages.  Some of these apps can be programmed to alert friends, neighbors or other caregivers if too much time goes by after you were due to take medication and record it in the app. Top-rated apps in this space include MyMedSchedule, MyMeds and RxmindMe.

Pregnancy

Healthline also rated the top apps for pregnancy information and monitoring. Their favorites included MyPregnancyToday, the Gerber Pregnancy Calendar and BabyBump Pregnancy Pro.

Child's Medical History Apps

If you're looking for a pregnancy app, you'll probably look at one of these before long: A handy application that allows you to keep everything a doctor will want to know about your child's medical history, right on your cell. Information could include emergency contact numbers, doctors, allergies, immunization records, current medications being taken, diabetes-related information, and lots more. Top choices include Child Medical History, MyMedical and Capzule PHR.

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