Five Free Must Have Medical ApplicationsLike the Visa commercial on TV suggests, there are many things that money can buy; but the one thing that we cannot buy is health. However, there are some things that we can do to improve it. One of these is to take advantage of a number of specific medical applications that have been specifically designed to help us in our quest for health.

I have been around long enough to know that if you are like me, you are tired of reading long, drawn-out lists of available applications. However, I believe that this list of applications is different since any one of them has the potential to save your life or the life of a loved one. It is also important to note that the applications on the list that I have provided have the ability to cross the iOS and Android barrier, with each program being designed to work with either operating system.

I would highly recommend that you immediately consider downloading and installing the following medical applications.

EPA’s UV Index

This application, designed by the EPA, is meant to alert you to the amount of UV exposure that you are encountering. This is of critical importance — especially as we age — since one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer every year. In fact, while I am sure that most of you will protect yourself and your children on sun-filled days, are you aware that up to 80 percent of carcinogenic ultraviolet rays can penetrate the cloud layer? This means that even on those days when we are chilled by the cool breeze and we are praying for a glimpse of the sun, we may be subjecting ourselves to the harmful effects of UV rays. However, thanks to the EPA’s efforts and the UV Index application, we may be able to beat the odds and avoid skin cancer.

Epocratis RX

This is one of the most referenced medical applications. It is used by doctors, medical personnel, and consumers to compare the different prescription drugs that our health care providers expect us to trustingly ingest. This reference guide has been available to medical teams for years, but with this handy application, it is now available to the patient. In it, you will discover what the drug is intended to treat, how long it has been on the market, its side effects, and how it reacts to other drugs. It even goes so far as to advise the patient as to which foods may interact with its absorption and effectiveness.

Ask Karen

This is an application by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection service that provides updated information concerning the safety of the food we eat. The Ask Karen application can help you if you have a concern about a product’s safety or if you wish to ask questions about a new product that has just recently been released to the marketplace. These questions can include such topics as gene-modified foods or which foods have been at the heart of a recent E. Coli outbreak.

American Red Cross First Aid

This application is a favorite of many, including our resident LockerGnome associate Kat Armstrong who stated on Facebook: “100,000% agree with the Red Cross app. It’s phenomenal and has actually helped us out a few times.” I must admit that it is amazing and covers a vast variety of medical emergencies from how to treat a nasty sunburn to what to do if you suspect that someone is having heart attack. Whatever the medical situation is, however, this friendly guide may help you to save your life or the life of a loved one. I believe that this is one of those applications that everyone should have.

Azumio Instant Heart Rate

This application, as its name suggests, monitors your heart rate. If you are a fitness guru or a cardiac patient, this handy application is there to reassure you in the event that you feel like your heart is working too hard. After it is downloaded and installed, the user only needs to hold a finger over their smartphone camera lens and the application does the rest. Of course, being who I am, I was a bit skeptical as to how well the application would work. That was until I downloaded a copy to my Android phone. Upon doing so, I was amazed to see that it really does work. I even compared it to my automatic blood pressure reader (which also measures heart rate) and found that they both had the same reading. In addition, the application has one additional feature that I like. It provides the user with a color-coded rating system that goes from green (low) to yellow (average) to red (high). I found that this made reading the results much easier.

These were my top picks of medical applications that are currently available to the consumer. However, I am sure that there are other applications that you can recommend to all of us. I hope you will share these with our audience so that all of us can look forward to a healthier tomorrow.

Source: Money Talk News

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