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Best Medical Apps of 2018 (So Far)

Best Medical Apps of 2018 (So Far)

There are still a few months left in 2018, but since January, medical app developers for both iOS and Android have been busily releasing new medical apps. Many of the most popular ones are consumer-facing, patient-based apps. Are there any worthy medical apps for doctors, nurses, and other providers? Yes! We took a look at […]

SmokerStop App Review: A Motivational Tool for Your Patients

SmokerStop App Review: A Motivational Tool for Your Patients

Tobacco use remains the #1 preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide. Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016. Still nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Review: ‘My NICU Baby’ for Parents

Review: ‘My NICU Baby’ for Parents

Many of us in family medicine practice full scope — including obstetrics. One of the most stressful situations for any obstetrics provider is when the delivered infant has to go to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our stress as providers pales to that of the families whose infant has been taken from the delivery […]

Evidence Mounts for Virtual Reality in Physical Rehabilitation

Evidence Mounts for Virtual Reality in Physical Rehabilitation

A recent study from New Zealand has demonstrated the potential benefits of using virtual reality (VR) to help paralyzed individuals improve their mobility. Published in Disability and Rehabilitation, the results are part of a growing body of evidence for using VR in rehabilitation. Researchers created an immersive, VR environment for potentially training spinal cord injury […]

VR in the ER: Study Shows Potential for 360-degree Virtual Reality Medical Videos

VR in the ER: Study Shows Potential for 360-degree Virtual Reality Medical Videos

Three-hundred-sixty-degree virtual reality (VR) videos are readily available on YouTube and other social media websites. They are potentially a free resource for clinicians looking to quickly obtain a wide variety of VR content. However, little has been published on the characteristics of 360-degree virtual reality medical videos and how actually immersive they may be — […]

Tackling Smoking Cessation with Virtual Reality

Tackling Smoking Cessation with Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) is frequently used for immersive gaming, but it also is being used to assist people make healthier lifestyle choices. BehaVR (pronounced “behavior”), a Kentucky-based VR startup, has just launched a pilot study of their VR smoking cessation program with the University of Louisville. I recently spoke with Aaron Gani, the founder of […]

Virtual Reality App for Lazy Eye Shows Promise

Virtual Reality App for Lazy Eye Shows Promise

An app for lazy eye might help those with the condition through virtual reality. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition where vision is reduced from one eye with the brain favoring signals from the other eye. Both eyes may appear normal, but one eye may not be focusing clearly, or one eye may be […]

UW Pregnancy App Just a Clone

UW Pregnancy App Just a Clone

The best pregnancy apps aren’t just for obstetricians and their patients. Many of us in family medicine practice full scope, including obstetrics. It is one of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of primary care. And regardless of what scope of obstetrics care you provide, pregnant patients are always looking for reliable information about their […]

Virtual Reality: A Medical Education Revolution?

Virtual Reality: A Medical Education Revolution?

It’s always important to ask what the evidence is with any new technology in healthcare, including medical education. Recent advances in virtual reality (VR) tech offer the potential for engaging, interactive learning experiences for medical students and residents, but is there actually any evidence to support this? A recent study in the Journal of Oral […]

Cognitive Training App Shows Promise for Dementia

Many tech-based interventions exist for dementia from virtual reality to a cognitive training app, but do they work? The CDC estimates that over 14 million Americans will be affected by 2050. Dementia affects 14% of people ages 71 years and older and 30% of those over the age 90. The cost of care worldwide is estimated […]