Health Beat: Health apps you need to know about

Author: , Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published: Jan 23 2014 01:26:08 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2014 05:58:31 PM EST
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When it comes to your phone, do you suffer from "app overload?" While there may be some you can do without, we want you to know about seven apps that could benefit your health.

Johnson & Johnson recently launched the free app, Care4Today Mobile Health Manager, to remind patients when to take their medication.

"Over 50 percent of patients who suffer from chronic illness have to take their medications," said Veronica Barajas, technology manager, Janssen Healthcare Innovation.

Users enter their daily drugs and doses and the app sends a reminder. Caregivers can also receive an alert if a dose is missed.

Another app, the American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid & CPR, walks you through common first-aid scenarios like choking, burns, and bites.

Symple Symptom Tracker lets people with chronic diseases record their symptoms and drug side-effects.

AVVA, developed by doctors at Stanford, helps cancer patients keep track of their appointments, procedures and treatments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' KidsDoc helps parents analyze their child's symptoms and decide when to seek emergency help.

If you're looking for fitness motivation, GymPact lets you make a deal with other users. If you live up to your goal, you make money. If you don’t, you pay. Also, with Fooducate you scan items at the grocery store and it will tell you just how healthy they are.

Almost all of these are good for iPhones and Androids, but some are only good for iPhones.

The American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid and CPR and the American Academy of Pediatrics' KidsDoc cost $1.99, but all the rest are free.

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