Posts tagged ‘Health’

Projecte Omega – A New Way to Dream

Projecte Omega, a neuroscientific company specializing in the development of audiovisual technological tools that train and enhance brain capacities in 2D and 3D environments with augmented reality capability, launches to the market a set of neurorelaxing infographic images to promote the reconciliation of sleep through devices based on iOS and Mac.

 

The brain continues to work actively. It never rests, not even during sleep. However, it needs our mind to be disconnected to perform without interference with maintenance tasks that will enable us to face the next day in good physical and mental condition. Our governing body consumes one fifth of the total supply of glucose and oxygen to the body, despite the fact that it only represents 2% of body weight in our species. Nighttime rest is vital for our body.

 

With this release Projecte Omega aims to reach the population as a whole with an efficient tool to help sleep at a reasonable price and does not require therapeutic follow-up.

 

Projecte Omega was conceived in the mid-90’s, due to the need to find new visual elements for neural stimulation to enhance brain plasticity, an innate feature of the human brain. This plasticity refers to the capacity of the neural networks to adapt and respond to a new or remodelled function. Our project is based on neural stimulation of the brain. It is a powerful complementary diagnostic tool for disorders in neurological development, behaviour disorders, cognitive impairment and training in cognitive prevention.

 

In previous qualitative studies developed during fieldwork with the Visuals Neuromodelators Omega applications and programs, we found a noticeable degree of post-surgery recovery in a population of 1019 patients with different pathologies: Behaviour disorders, Mental Retardation, Autism, Dyslexia, Ictus, Alzheimer’s, Phobias, Paranoia and Stress.

 

Projecte Omega is $1.99 and is available worldwide through the iBook Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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Review: Semler Heart App for iPhone – The Interactive Way to Beat Heart Disease

Cardiac disease and heart attacks are the #1 cause of death in the United States. Sadly, many people aren’t aware of the simple things they can do to prevent cardiac disease. While there are a number of apps in the iOS App Store that help you track your daily steps, internationally known preventative cardiologist Dr. Herb Semler, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C felt he could do better, and developed his own app, Semler Heart, for the iPhone.

Overview

 

Semler Heart 1.0 was released on October 3, 2016. It claims to be the first interactive mobile app that not only tracks your daily, weekly, and monthly step totals, but also offers useful medical heart facts and other useful information to help users reduce their risk of cardio vascular disease and the associated health problems that come along for the ride.

 

Review: Semler Heart App for iPhone - The Interactive Way to Beat Heart Disease

 

Semler Heart is a simple to use app, which integrates with Apple HealthKit to track a user’s daily steps. The app’s information page in the App Store also mentions the app awards points for users to be redeemed at retail partners, however, I didn’t find any such thing noted inside the app itself. Perhaps they are still working out the details with the retail partners at the moment. We’ll keep an eye on that and let you know when more information is available.

 

According to the Simler Health Perks website, The Semler Heart Health Plan is based on “Seven Pillars” of heart healthy living. They are:

  • Stop smoking
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Control diabetes
  • Control cholesterol
  • Increase physical activity
  • Follow a heart healthy diet
  • Avoid obesity

 

Review: Semler Heart App for iPhone - The Interactive Way to Beat Heart Disease

 

The app is designed to get users to increase their physical activity, by tracking their daily steps. Users can set a step goal, be it a daily one, or weekly or monthly goal. By encouraging the user to set goals, this encourages them to meet or exceed the goal, thereby becoming more active, and as a valuable side effect, becoming more healthy.

 

Along with the daily step tracking, the app also offers you a history of your previous days’ step totals, as well as quick tips from Dr. Semler on how to lead a healthier life. Users can get a new tip with just a tap of their iPhone’s screen. Tips include everything from informative information such as: “Four conditions you can control are regular physical activity, normal weight, blood pressure, and never smoke.” All the way to “The More You Know” type blurbs such as: “Stop heart disease before it stops you!” And, a little bit of everything in between, including reminders that you can collect points that can be spent at retail partners. (Again, I didn’t see this option in using the app, but I am a writer, and lead a sedentary lifestyle. Perhaps I just didn’t rack up enough activity for the feature to kick in.)

 

Verdict

 

I found the Semler Heart app to be an excellent way to track my steps, and the accuracy of the app seemed to jibe with other apps I have on my iPhone and Apple Watch that track steps. The tips the app supplies range from the ridiculous to the sublime, which is par for this type of app. The ability to set goals, and to be able to trade in points earned for benefits at participating retailers is also a nice feature.

 

If you’re looking for an app that will track your daily steps, encourage you to do better each day, by bribing you if necessary, check out the Semler Heart app. At the rock-bottom price of free, the price is certainly right, and you might even live longer.

 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

 

Semler Heart for iPhone is free, and is available in the App Store. It requires 16.9MB of free space on your device, and requires iOS 9.0 or higher. [GET IT NOW!]

 

Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.

Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App

Portland, Oregon – Semler HealthPerks, Inc. (SHP) is proud to announce the release of Semler Heart 1.0 for iOS devices, the first interactive app that deals directly with preventing heart disease; the #1 cause of death in this country. Semler HealthPerks Founder and CEO, Dr. Herb Semler, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C, F.A.H.A., developed this easy to use application to educate and motivate users to increase their physical activity. This interactive three-tiered app, records steps, reward users with points at a soon to be announced national retail chain and offers numerous tips and insightful information for the user on how to prevent heart attacks.

 

According to the American Heart Association over 800,000 heart attacks occur in the U.S. every year. However, 80% of heart attacks can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. The Semler Heart App is based on the “Seven Pillars” of heart healthy living:

 

* Stop smoking
* Control high blood pressure
* Control diabetes
* Control cholesterol
* Increase physical activity
* Follow a heart healthy diet
* Avoid obesity

 

Dr. Herb Semler is a respected and internationally known cardiologist and inventor and holds multiple patents for cardiology products. He has spent his entire medical career counseling thousands of patients on the importance of preventing heart disease.

 

Device Requirements:
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later
* 16.9 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Semler Heart 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. For more information, please contact Jim Whittemore.

 

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Semler HealthPerks was founded in 2014 upon decades of experience providing the highest level of cardiovascular care to patients. SHP is a preventative health care company committed to making a difference in the lives of people by providing opportunities to improve their health through day to day lifestyle choices. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Semler HealthPerks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

iOS Vitamin K App Update – Assists Users on Blood Thinners Like Coumadin

Independent iOS Developer, James Hollender has just updated his Vitamin K app, which aids users on blood thinners like Coumadin. This is just one of ten apps updated to version 5.0 in the suite of iNutrient apps: iCarbs, iCholesterol, iFiber, iKals, iPotassium, iProteins, iSatFat, iSodium, iSugars and Vitamin K. They’re now compliant with versions 8 and 9 of iOS and ready for further updates in iOS 10.

 

This also corrects for a problem where the tabs were only tappable at the top. These apps include data from the USDA National Nutrient Database covering the following nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. All ten apps are universal apps that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The apps also now include information on how they can be upgraded to app bundles for additional significant savings, i.e., the cost of any apps previously purchased included in bundle is deducted from the cost of the app bundle.

 

In the “Access My Records” section, each food serving for the day is listed in it’s own section and the total daily amount of the nutrient is included in the day’s heading. This makes comparing nutrient intake for each day an easy task.

 

All of these apps include a simple color scale to help readily identify the approximate quantity of the nutrient contained in each food serving:

 

1. Vitamin K – iNutrient: Vitamins K1, K1D & K2:
The Vitamin K app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Vitamin K content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat if you are using blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Warfarin. The food servings are rated from NO Vitamin K all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH in Vitamin K. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Vitamin K (700.0 – 1146.6 mcg)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Vitamin K (300.0 – 699.9 mcg)
* Red = HIGH in Vitamin K (25.0 – 299.9 mcg)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Vitamin K (20.0 – 24.9 mcg)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Vitamin K (15.0 – 19.9 mcg)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Vitamin K (10.0 – 14.9 mcg)
* Green = LOW in Vitamin K (5.0 – 9.9 mcg)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Vitamin K (0.1 – 4.9 mcg)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Vitamin K (0.0 msg)

 

2. iCarbs – iNutrient: Carbohydrates:
The iCarbs app provides information about foods and how they are rated for carbohydrate content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. If you are a bodybuilder, you probably want to have a high intake of carbohydrates, but on the other hand if you have diabetes you need to make sure you don’t exceed your recommended daily amount of carbohydrates. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Carbohydrates all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Carbohydrates (Carbs) (45.01 – 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Carbs (30.01 – 45.00 g)
* Red = HIGH in Carbs (15.01 – 30.0 g)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Carbs (12.01 – 15.00 g)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Carbs (9.01 – 12.00 g)
* Yellow-Green = MODERATELY LOW in Carbs (6.01 – 9.00 g)
* Green = LOW in Carbs (3.01 – 6.00 g)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Carbs (0.01 – 3.00 g)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Carbs (0.00 g)

 

3. iCholesterol – iNutrient: Dietary Cholesterol:
The iCholesterol app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of dietary cholesterol. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in cholesterol all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Cholesterol (151 – 641 mg)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Cholesterol (81 – 150 mg)
* Red = HIGH in Cholesterol (51 – 80 mg)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Cholesterol (31 – 50 mg)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Cholesterol (21 – 30 mg)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Cholesterol (11 – 20 mg)
* Green = LOW in Cholesterol (6 – 10 mg)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Cholesterol (1 – 5 mg)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Cholesterol (0 mg)

 

4. iFiber – iNutrient: Fiber:
The iFiber app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of fiber. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in fiber all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Fiber (10.1 – 31.2 g)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Fiber (8.1 – 10.0 g)
* Red = HIGH in Fiber (6.1 – 8.0 g)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Fiber (4.1 – 6.0 g)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Fiber (3.1 – 4.0 g)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Fiber (2.1 – 3.0 g)
* Green = LOW in Fiber (1.1 – 2.0 g)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Fiber (0.1 – 1.0 g)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Fiber (0.00 g)

 

5. iKals – iNutrient: Calories:
The iKals app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Calorie content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Calories all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Calories (500 – 1,181)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Calories (400 – 499)
* Red = HIGH in Calories (300 – 399)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Calories (250 – 299)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Calories (200 – 249)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Calories (150 – 199)
* Green = LOW in Calories (100 – 149)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Calories (50 – 99)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Calories (00 – 49)

 

6. iPotassium – iNutrient: Potassium:
The iPotassium app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of potassium. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in potassium all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Potassium (> 700 mg)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Potassium (501 – 700 mg)
* Red = HIGH in Potassium (351 – 500 mg)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Potassium (201 – 350 mg)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Potassium (151 – 200 mg)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Potassium (101 – 150 mg)
* Green = LOW in Potassium (51 – 100 mg)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Potassium (11 – 50 mg)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Potassium (0 – 10 mg)

 

7. iProteins – iNutrient: Proteins:
The iProteins app provides information about foods and how they are rated for protein content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. If you are a bodybuilder, you probably want to have a high intake of carbohydrates, but on the other hand if you are a vegan then you want to make sure you are taking in a sufficient amount of protein. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Proteins all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Proteins (30.01 – 51.89 g)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Proteins (20.01 – 30.00 g)
* Red = HIGH in Proteins (15.01 – 20.00 g)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Proteins (12.01 – 15.00 g)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Proteins (9.01 – 12.00 g)
* Yellow-Green = MODERATELY LOW in Proteins (6.01  9.00 g)
* Green = LOW in Proteins (3.01 – 6.00 g)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Proteins (0.01 – 3.00 g)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Proteins (0.00 g)

 

8. iSatFat – iNutrient: Saturated Fat:
The iSatFat app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of saturated fat. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in fiber all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Saturated Fat (10.001 – 33.000 g)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Saturated Fat (5.001 – 10.000 g)
* Red = HIGH in Saturated Fat (3.001 – 5.000 g)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Saturated Fat (1.001 – 3.000 g)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Saturated Fat (0.501 – 1.000 g)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Saturated Fat (0.101 – 0.500 g)
* Green = LOW in Saturated Fat (0.011 – 0.100 g)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Saturated Fat (0.001 – 0.010 g)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Saturated Fat (0.000 g)

 

9. iSodium – iNutrient: Sodium:
The iSodium app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of sodium. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in cholesterol all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Sodium (> 1,000 mg)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Sodium (501 – 1,000 mg)
* Red = HIGH in Sodium (401 – 500 mg)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Sodium (301 – 400 mg)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Sodium (201 – 300 mg)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Sodium (141 – 200 mg)
* Green = LOW in Sodium (51 – 140 mg)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Sodium (11 – 50 mg)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Sodium (0 – 10 mg)

 

10. iSugars – iNutrient: Sugars:
The iSugars app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of sugars. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in sugars all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = EXTREMELY HIGH in Sugars (40.01 – 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = VERY HIGH in Sugars (30.01 – 40.00 g)
* Red = HIGH in Sugars (20.01 – 30.0 g)
* Orange = MODERATELY HIGH in Sugars (15.01 – 20.00 g)
* Yellow = MODERATE in Sugars (10.01 – 15.00 g)
* Light Green = MODERATELY LOW in Sugars (5.01 – 10.00 g)
* Green = LOW in Sugars (1.01 – 5.00 g)
* Cyan = VERY LOW in Sugars (0.01 – 1.00 g)
* White = EXTREMELY LOW in Sugars (0.00 g)

 

Users interested in multiple nutrients should be aware of the “iNutrients App”, which includes all ten of the above listed nutrients. Instead of the USDA partial selection of foods used in the individual iNutrient apps, the iNutrients app includes all foods and food servings in the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for those nutrients. It also includes the capability of altering the color scale for each nutrient if desired. And Custom Foods can be created for those not included in the USDA database. Even an entire meal’s nutrient information could be included in a single Custom Food definition to make entry even simpler. The iNutrients app is available for less than the cost of two individual iNutrient apps.

 

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Mevo App Design Delivers with a Holistic Approach to Wellness Lifestyles

The new Mevo – Weight Loss and Fitness app allows you boost your health and fitness all in one place while rewarding you as you progress, and aspires you to do more. Mevo offers a comprehensive approach to fitness that helps users achieve their nutrition, exercise and health goals with a holistic unity that other medtech products simply aren’t designed to do.

 

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No one can do the heavy lifting for you. But with the easy-to-install and even easier to use Mevo, the “absolute fitness” app, there’s an entire community to support you as you embark on your journey to better health. It’s not just about tracking your fitness goals or getting that all-important workout reminder to keep you on target. It’s not the diet information – the calorie counter, the recipes, the meal plans and more – to help you shed those pounds or maintain the healthy weight you have. It’s not even the pedometer for your walking or your runs, or the live yoga sessions via your mobile, although Mevo offers all of the features and more.

Features:
* Unified dashboard with food, water and exercise tracker
* More than 500 exercise plans, 100  workouts and video tutorials
* Earn credits toward celebrity workouts with Lauren Gottlieb
* Social is made easy, with a connected wellness community at your fingertips

 

Mevo 1.1 is Free (with in-app purchases), and is available through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.

X Factor for iOS Helps Dieters Take Control of Their Weight

PeqApps has announced the release X Factor 3.9 for iOS devices. X Factor is designed to quickly and easily track your daily calorie balance. The allows users to quickly record weight, calories eaten, and activity calories. And with an Apple Watch and Health Integration enabled, activity calories are updated automatically.

 

X Factor for iOS Helps Dieters Take Control of Their Weight

X Factor’s powerful Target Weight feature helps you find the calorie balance that leads to your desired weight. Simply enter your target weight, and daily nutrition and activity calories. X Factor calculates your daily calorie deficit or surplus, projects changes to your weight, and how long it will take to reach your goal. X Factor takes into account that as your weight changes, so to does the BMR portion of your calorie balance, significantly improving this feature’s projections.

“I struggled to maintain a healthy weight for decades, but after creating X Factor 8 years ago, I was able to achieve a healthy weight, and maintain it for 5 years,” said Dan Hansen, founder of PeqApps. “It was only after I gave my phone to my daughter and stopped using X Factor that I started to gain weight again. So after a period of neglect, X Factor is back, with an improved design, and powerful new features. And I’m back to a healthy weight, with a confirmed belief: If you want to improve, measure.”

 

X Factor 3.9 is free, and is available through the App Store.

Heart Graph Version 4.0 offers native Apple Watch App

Smoky Cat Software Ltd. has released Heart Graph version 4.0 with a native Apple Watch app.  Heart Graph offers high resolution graphs of a user’s heart rate, while also offering a comparison of those graphs and other workout statistics between sessions. The new app allows Apple Watch users to view the time spent in different heart rate zones while exercising, including a graph of up to 12 hours of their recent heart rate data.

 

Features of Heart Graph include:
* Display a graph of heart rate against time during workouts or for other periods of activity
* See a graph of heart rate on your Apple Watch while exercising
* Review up to 12 hours of recent heart rate data acquired by the Apple Watch
* Import heart rate data for Workouts in Health (e.g., from Apple Watch or other device)
* Review all workouts offline (e.g., to spot trends in training)
* Add textual notes to each workout (e.g., to record details of a particular session, sets, reps, general health etc.) and search for workouts based on the notes entered
* Share workout data with friends via email or Facebook
* Device rotation to landscape for iPhone and iPod touch maximizes screen area for graphs

 

Heart Graph 4.0 is free to download from the App Store in the Health and Fitness category. A single $2.99 In-App Purchase enables the Premium Features of the app, offering:

 

* Enable heart rate zone display for summarizing workout intensity into five configurable zones
* Record resting heart rate
* Compare workout statistics (such as resting, max and mean heart rate) over time to look for trends in training
* Analysis of heart rate zone totals across sessions on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
* Compare heart rate graphs directly from one session to another
* Import heart rate data from the Health app for a custom time period of up to 24 hours
* Calculate calories burned during each workout
* Import and export workout data from other apps or your computer using Garmin TCX format files
* Export data to CSV file for further analysis in software such as Excel
* Save workouts to Dropbox as TCX or CSV files
* Attach an image of the heart rate graph and heart rate zone summary to emails or Facebook posts for sharing with others

FlexBright Offers Blue Light Filter to the iPhone

Intelligent Apps, LLC has released FlexBright 2.0, an update to their productivity app for iOS devices. The app continuously monitors exposure to blue light from your device, and prompts you to change the brightness if it detects high eyestrain. The new version adds a blue light filter, allowing users to adjust the blur light level of their device.

Blue light that emanates from mobile devices has been linked to eye fatigue, and also can prevent a good night’s sleep. FlexBright works in the background, monitoring your exposure to blue light, offering an automatic adjustment for the screen’s brightness and blue light level at certain times of day, including sunrise and sundown. The app also offers charts displaying all of the adjustments the app has made over the past twenty-four hours. Read more