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Insurance provider Aetna launches first fitness app

Insurance provider Aetna launches first fitness app

Looks like the ‘quantified-self’ space is continuing to build momentum. Aetna, one of the largest health insurance providers in the world, is the business of making fitness apps. Next month, Aetna will launch an iPhone app and website for managing your fitness, encouraging you to eat and live in a more healthy way, and monitoring your personal health information. The app, called CarePass, will integrate personal medical records with data from popular fitness-tracking devices like Withings Wi-Fi-enabled … Read entire article »

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PlaceboEffect – an app that offers a virtual placebo

PlaceboEffect – an app that offers a virtual placebo

Just when we’d thought we’d heard it all when it comes to health and wellness apps… …it seems we haven’t! Researchers from PlaceboEffect.com are raising funds through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to develop an app that administers a virtual placebo. No pills, no doctors — just pictures. Yep, we’re as puzzled as you are. So, here’s how it works: You begin the experience by choosing which lifestyle aspect you’d like to change — say, quitting smoking or decreasing stress You then schedule an alarm-like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Apps, Child health gadgets, Fitness Gadgets, Health Gadgets

Passage wants to turn your workouts into journeys

Passage wants to turn your workouts into journeys

We love our health and fitness here at CHS but let’s face it, sometimes staring at a wall whilst on the running machine or trying to read a book on the cross trainer at the gym can be pretty boring. Well, with the launch of a new app recently, there may be an answer. Passage, a free download for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iOS AppStore, launched this week aiming to turn your workouts into journeys. Using Apple’s … Read entire article »

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Bandu: the wrist watch that tells you when to relax

Bandu: the wrist watch that tells you when to relax

Stress can be the result of so many things – some types of stress is even of the good kind. But for most people, pressures from work or family life piling on top of each other play a huge part in making their stress levels hit the roof. For me, it’s when my computer freezes when I’m on a deadline and I can’t switch it off in case I lose my work. All I can … Read entire article »

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Web app HealthTap brings patients and doctors together online

Web app HealthTap brings patients and doctors together online

We often wonder if people are getting sicker by having to wait weeks before getting an appointment with their GP to discuss a health issue. And we’re not surprised if many of these in the meantime head to the almighty Google to search for solutions to their problems, an activity which can bring even the most level-headed person to think the headache is something far worse. Now we really like the NHS and it is not often … Read entire article »

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Keep a ‘Pulse’ on your heart rate to find your optimal fitness zone

Keep a ‘Pulse’ on your heart rate to find your optimal fitness zone

If you’re struggling to keep your heart rate stable and find your optimal fitness zone, then Pulse by ElectricFoxy would be just the thing you’re after. Available in three colours, Pulse is a ring which indicates to the wearer if their heart rate is above, below or exactly right with what it should be. Kind of like Goldilocks and the porridge conundrum really. As an extra feature it will also vibrate if you start working out … Read entire article »

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Online card game MoodScope helps you track your happiness levels

Online card game MoodScope helps you track your happiness levels

Apps, websites and gadgets that target your mental and spiritual wellbeing are said to be the next hot thing in health and fitness tech. We’ve mentioned a few in the past, such as Mindbloom, and the latest to hit the web is MoodScope. MoodScope.com takes the fun element of games (in this instance cards) to help you track your mood every day. Free to join, you can track your highs and lows by logging on and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Apps, Mental Health

Cyclist must-have: Helmet sticker that calls for help if you fall

Cyclist must-have: Helmet sticker that calls for help if you fall

Having acquired my first bike this morning, I am now looking forward to discovering London on two wheels. What worries me the most is the London traffic – and the dangers for cyclists. As I’m hoping not to become part of the bike accident statistics in the capital, I’ll definitely be investing in a helmet and some lights – especially necessary when going into darker months. But what happens if you’re out and about on your … Read entire article »

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Sleep Time iPhone app aims to give you a better night’s sleep

Sleep Time iPhone app aims to give you a better night’s sleep

How well do you sleep at night? A normal night for me usually includes waking up several times throughout my allotted sleep time, only to wake up when the alarm goes off feeling dreadful and tired. So for me, being able to wake up feeling rested would be a dream come true. There are many apps on the market that claim to help with this, and Sleep Time by Azumio is one of them. Its description … Read entire article »

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TRAQS.me: Track, monitor and improve all your health and fitness data

TRAQS.me: Track, monitor and improve all your health and fitness data

As the self tracking/quantified self movement has really kicked off over the past few months we’ve seen more and more people monitoring everything from the miles they run to the hours of sleep they get each night. However, a problem we’ve come across a lot recently is that obviously the more you track things, the more data you’ll have and the more confused you might be getting by it all as you try and integrate it … Read entire article »

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