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HealthTap launches a live medical advice service that uses your iOS device

HealthTap+ today announced the launch of HealthTap Concierge, its pay-as-you-go medical consulting service. This is an addition to the current HealthTap services that can be delivered over the web to a computer or your iOS device. HealthTap Concierge is meant to address the three biggest problems...

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Apple disables blood glucose monitoring for UK and Australian Health app users

Apple is disabling the blood glucose tracking feature of its Health app due to measurement problems reported by users in the UK and Australia. According to CNET, Apple is releasing a software patch to disable this feature until a subsequent update is available to fix the issue. As described in an...

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Swaive smart thermometer works with iPhone, Health app

The Swaive intelligent in-ear thermometer (US$79.99 for the thermometer, companion app is free) makes the glass-and-mercury model I remember from childhood look like a museum relic. It works as a stand-alone device and syncs data with Apple's Health app, making it easy to track history. I had a...

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Dear Fitbit: technology is designed to make our lives easier

Over the past few years I have owned five or more Fitbit One trackers. Last year I got an Aria scale, which wirelessly transmits my body fat percentage and weight to Fitbit's servers. Of course, if you have bought into the Fitbit ecosystem you may also be aware that the company charges you if...

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Mayo Clinic rebrands app, adds HealthKit functionality to give patients more control

Mayo Clinic -- yes, the same Mayo Clinic that helped Apple create the user-friendly Health app -- has updated its own app with HealthKit functionality. The app, which was rebranded as simply "Mayo Clinic" from its previous name "Patient," has been refreshed and now offers patients and even greater...

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The first HealthKit compatible app is FitPort, available now

After the seemingly last-second decision to delay HealthKit app support -- which was originally intended to launch alongside iOS 8 -- Apple's iOS 8.0.2 update has officially opened the App Store doors for third parties looking to tap into the new personal health vault. The first such app is...

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Log anxiety attacks, take control of them with Worry Watch

Worry Watch is an app that acts as a journal for tracking moments of worry, anxiety or panic. You log moments throughout your day when you're feeling anxious or nervous and what the outcome eventually was. Overtime, the app shows you a break-down of all your moments of anxiety to help you better...

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Apple releases statement on iOS 8 HealthKit issues

Apple has released a statement regarding today's issues with their new HealthKit framework, which was released today alongside iOS 8. The company began pulling apps today from the App Store that sync with the HealthKit framework, leading users to wonder what exactly is going on. Now we have an...

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Rare Candy makes habit and skills tracking fun

A Rare Candy can be used to level up a Pokémon by one level (in the many forms of the Nintendo DS Pokémon series). The Rare Candy App, US$1.99 (free trial version available) and designed for iPhone 5 and up and iOS 7 and up, can be used to level up your own skills by many levels....

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Apple tells developers not to sell consumer health data

Apple's HealthKit API has the ability to hold extremely important personal health data like heart rate, exercise habits, and blood pressure, but the company is now clarifying its guidelines on what third party developers are allowed to do with that data, Guardian reports. With added language to...

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Kids Making Healthy Choices: An app with lifelong positive consequences

Kids Making Healthy Choices is a US$2.99 app based on an award-winning set of children books designed to promote healthy eating, teach tolerance of overweight friends (so bullying can be avoided), and instill a respect for health and well-being through fun and educational games and activities. The...

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As Apple enters the health tracking game, medical apps are causing doctors unwanted stress

Doctors spend years learning about various ailments, equipment, and medications before ever being allowed near a patient, so it's no surprise that the glut of health tracking apps available today is giving them fits. As Wired reports, the complete lack of oversight and unverified claims of many...

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FDA details 2013 meeting with Apple

Several Apple watchers are suggesting that the company's next product will be a wearable. When it was revealed a few months ago that a group of senior Apple executives -- including Bud Tribble and Jeff Williams -- had met with FDA officials in December 2013, their beliefs were reinforced...

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Daily App: Fjuul is a unique activity tracker for your iPhone

Fjuul is a US$2.99 (briefly on sale for $0.99) health-related app that tracks your full body activity. The app runs in the background, and uses the iPhone sensors and your location to get a handle on what you are doing and how much exercise you are getting. Once you enter your body characteristics...

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Introducing the world's fattest iPhone case, designed to make you thin

In a time where gadgets brag about how thin and light they are, you wouldn't think the title of "World's heaviest iPhone case" would be something to brag about, but you'd be wrong. The ToneFone -- a weighty combination of solid steel and rubber -- wants to take over the fitness world by making it...

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