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NIH releases mobile app to help women identify health risks, maintain a healthy lifestyle

The National Institutes of Health has launched a new mobile application offering women guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and tips for identifying health risks for themselves, as well as their families.

The app is based on the Office of Research on Women's Health publication A Primer for Women's Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks. Available for free in the Apple App Store or via Google Play, the app provides a year's worth of research-based health information highlighted week-by-week. According to an NIH release:

Questions to ask health care providers, a glossary of health terms, and health screening information and links to additional information from NIH institutes and centers expand the mobile app's offerings.

Key features of the app are:

  • a personal health section for recording medications, medical conditions, and disabilities
  • a journal feature
  • a personal goal-setting section for health and lifestyle details

A variety of different skins can be applied to personalize the app, and it can be password-protected to help ensure health information remains confidential.

The NIH plans to launch a similar app for men's health in the near future.

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