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Five benefits of an online doctor

online doctorRealising you have a health issue that needs medical attention and treatment can cause anxiety. Not only are you uncomfortable, you now have to think about making time to visit your GP and describing your symptoms in order to receive treatment for your problem.

Although in many instances nothing can replace the necessity of a face-to-face visit – an online doctor cannot inspect an injury or feel for soreness, for example – when it comes to determining your health history, responding to a description of symptoms, and prescribing medicine for common conditions, a virtual consultation can be just as effective. From eliminating the need to describe symptoms in person to access to a large amount of information about your condition, there are many benefits of online doctors and prescription services. Read in full

The social media that’s good for your health

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Which websites do you tend to hang out on? Chances are you often find yourself jumping from one social media site to the next – a recent report states that Britons spend an average of about 1 hour and 20 minutes on social media networks per day, which accounts for a significant percentage of the time we spend online as a whole.

Whether on your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone, as you scroll through your feed you often see health-related posts. People post updates on their weight loss journey, their battle with an illness, or even ask their friends and followers questions about a health condition.

But the normal venues may not be the most relevant outlets for health-related conditions. You may want to migrate over to a health-focused social network to get specific answers to your questions and support from others experiencing the same health issues. Read in full

Viral health messages: separating fact from myth

viral health messagesThese days, “going viral” is usually interpreted as a good thing. Viral, in regards to the internet, can be good when the information, (Tweet, Facebook post, forwarded email, etc.) solves a crime, shows an unusual marriage proposal or entertains with a cute pet trick. When health is involved however, viral “facts” can turn out to be actually myths or rumours – and they can be dangerous.

When deciding whether or not to use online health advice, it’s crucial to know your sources and verify with proper (knowledgeable and unbiased) authorities. To further that goal, let’s debunk some viral health myths! Here are some popular examples of viral health advice you should not follow – along with the real truth of the matter: Read in full

Smart wearables: a shot in the arm for personal health

wearable tech healthOver the past decade and beyond, technology has increasingly become part of our lives, gaining functions as its form factor has shrunk in size. Until recently, however, the focus has been on helping us get a clearer view of the world “out there”. Constantly evolving technology has allowed individuals to research, learn, stay-up-to-date and communicate in new and ever-deeper ways – but will the next frontier be within ourselves? Technology is poised to start looking in, rather than helping us to look out. The latest tech trends help us to monitor ourselves. Read in full

Live Longer with a Doctor in your Pocket

medical doctor appsWe live in a digital age, where most of us in the Western world would be lost without all the electronic devices that power our lives, but does the rise of the smartphone hold something more than just tweeting, sharing and downloading? Do our mobile phones hold the key to a medical revolution that could see us living longer, healthier lives?

Mobile devices have been used in healthcare (mHealth) for some time – the annual mHealth Summit is currently in its 5th year – to bring textbooks and virtual labs to the bedside or help doctors to visually explain complex medical procedures to their patients. However medical apps are no longer just for the doctors, now they are being written, recommended by the NHS and even prescribed for you, the patient.

With our phones laden with sensors, cameras and GPS capabilities, and the number of health and fitness apps downloaded already at 156 million in 2012, our smartphones are giving us unprecedented access to data about our lives, and our health. Read in full