How your cellphone might be hurting you is a hot topic these days.
It’s frying your brain. It’s distracting you while you drive. It’s exposing you
to identity theft, and your kids to bullying. Heck, we even published Danger: Curb Ahead at MensHealth.com a few weeks ago—complete with a video of a chatty woman falling into a fountain—explaining how your cellphone is making you a bad . . . walker!
And it all might be true. But, fact is, there’s another
smartphone story that’s not being written. Some of the newest apps can actually help
you improve your health—and, in some cases, even save your life. Here are nine favorites from Men's Health's editors and medical advisors.
When You Need a Doctor, Stat! With ZocDoc, you can quickly search for physicians and dentists in
many major U.S. markets. After you read the reviews and make your choice, you can then book an appointment—no
phone calls needed. Free; Android, BlackBerry, iPhone
When You Can't Remember Your Last Tetanus Shot Recommended by Men’s Health urology advisor Larry Lipshultz,
M.D., Gazelle can store your medical records for later viewing, log your Quest
Diagnostics lab results, and help you remember medication names and doses.
Free; Android, BlackBerry, iPhone
When You Can't Resist the Drive-Thru Window Need a reality check to nudge you off the sofa or away from
the fast-food fries? Use the Heart Disease Risk Calculator to estimate your
odds of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure within the next 10
years. It can’t replace a doctor, but it can help encourage healthy habits.
When Your Medicine Cabinet Is Full Is it okay to take aspirin with your cholesterol
prescription? Find out with Medscape, an app that tracks drug interactions and
provides safety data on more than 8,000 drugs. The reference section, which
features medical news and info on some 4,000 diseases and conditions, is the
“best out there,” says Adam Cifu, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at
the University of Chicago medical center. Oh, and if your medicine cabinet is empty, fill it with the 20 Best Medicines for Men.Free; Android, BlackBerry, iPhone
When It Hurts—and You Don't Know Why SportsInjuryClinic has the lowdown on more than 100
different sports-related injuries. Compare symptoms, receive rehab info, and
watch YouTube treatment videos, a favorite feature of Moshe Lewis, M.D., chief
of physical medicine and rehabilitation at California Pacific Medical Center.
Just make sure you clear any new exercises with your doctor first. $3, iPhone
When You're Craving a Nicotine Fix Resist! My Last Cigarette reminds you how much cash
you’re saving and how much you’ve increased your life expectancy. It also
provides motivational messages—which, a British study says, may increase your
chances of being smoke-free at the 6-month mark. $1, iPhone
When You're Feeling Stressed Put your finger over your smartphone’s camera, and the
Instant Heart Rate app measures yours in a matter of seconds. It’s highly
accurate as well, says Dr. Lewis. Free; Android, iPhone
When You Notice a New Mole Thanks to sophisticated pattern-recognition technology and a Johns Hopkins
image database, MelApp can help assess your skin cancer risk. Just snap a photo of a new or
questionable mole with your smartphone's camera, and the app will match it against the database. Your next step: Follow up with a dermatologist. $2, iPhone
When the Menu Ingredients Are Murky Allergy Caddy helps you avoid triggers at more than 30
restaurant chains by consulting the chains’ public allergy data, so you don't have to. $2, iPhone
As for my favorite app? That’s a no-brainer: Men’s Health
Workouts, which now includes our super-popular Spartacus Workout. It’s
available in iTunes here and in Android here. Check it out!