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11 Apps That Could Save Your Life


Trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or help prevent cancer? There’s an app for all three. Need a crash course in CPR or a calorie count for that bacon double cheese? There are apps for those, too.

1. Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Women can keep track of routine breast self-exams and get alerts to stay on top of medical checkups. It also answers common questions about self-exams, clinical exams, and mammograms. Affected by breast cancer? Find hope and healing.
Works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad
Price: Free
Get it at: App Store


2. Noom Weight Loss Coach
Noom Inc.
Record your calorie intake, track your exercise, even share your progress on Facebook. And for $10 a month, a virtual personal trainer will provide daily activity tips.
Works with: Android
Price: Free
Get it at: Google Play Store


3. iBreastCheck
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
This app uses slide shows and videos to demonstrate how to perform breast self-exams, lets you set up regular reminders, and helps you assess your risk.
Works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad
Price: Free
Get it at: App Store or Google Play Store


4. Pocket First Aid & CPR
American Heart Association
This text and video app walks you through what to do when someone’s bleeding, bruised, bitten, burned, or no longer breathing.
Works with: Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad
Price: $1.99
Get it at: Google Play Store or App Store


5. MelApp
Health Discovery
Snap a photo of a mole using MelApp and get a near-instant evaluation of potential melanoma risk. While no substitute for a diagnosis, it can help you decide whether you should see a doctor.
Works with: Android, iPhone, iPod
Price: $1.99
Get it at: Google Play Store or App Store


6. Restaurant Nutrition
Foundation Healthcare Network
What’s the healthiest option on the menu? This app dishes on the calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and protein for offerings from virtually every fast-food chain.
Works with: Android, iPhone
Price: Free
Get it at: Google Play Store or App Store


7. Lumosity Brain Trainer
Lumosity Labs
Neuroscientists designed these games to enhance cognitive performance, increase your attention span, sharpen your memory, and boost your mood.
Works with: iPhone, iPod, iPad
Price: Free
Get it at: App Store


8. iTriage
Healthagen LLC
With iTriage, you’ll find possible causes, treatments, and nearby medical help for a number of symptoms. The app also stores health records.
Works with: Android, iPhone, iPod
Price: Free
Get it at: Google Play Store or App Store


9. Livestrong MyQuit Coach
Demand Media
MyQuit Coach will create a personalized plan to help you stop smoking, assist in tracking your progress, and hook you up with other would-be quitters for additional support.
Works with: iPhone, iPod
Price: Free
Get it at: App Store


10. 5Star Urgent Response
GreatCall Inc.
In an emergency, one tap on 5Star connects you to a live operator who will zero in on your location, suss out the situation, and call for 911 assistance as needed. Truly a lifesaver.
Works with: iPhone
Price: $14.99/month subscription
Get it at: App Store


11. Endomondo Sports Tracker
Endomondo
Record your time and distance and measure calorie burn for ­dozens of activities, from running to biking to kayaking.
Works with: Android, iPhone, iPod
Price: Free
Get it at: Google Play Store or App Store


 
 
 
 
 

 

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