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Memorial Sloan Kettering Debuts New Mobile Application for Patients

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has debuted MyMSK, a new mobile application. The app, compatible with iPad, iPhone, and all iOS devices, allows MSK patients to quickly and easily access their lab and radiology results, view their upcoming appointments, record their medications and symptoms in online diaries, communicate with their healthcare team, and more.

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Mobile App with Evidence-Based Decision Support Diagnoses More Obesity, Smoking, and Depression

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Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression -- three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability.

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Smartphone Apps Just as Accurate as Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity, According to Penn Researchers

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Although wearable devices have received significant attention for their ability to track an individual’s physical activity, most smartphone applications are just as accurate, according to a new research letter in JAMA. The study tested 10 of the top-selling smartphone apps and devices in the United States by having 14 participants walk on a treadmill for 500 and 1,500 steps, each twice (for a total of 56 trials), and then recording their step counts. Led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, this study is a follow-up to a recent JAMA viewpoint suggesting that there’s little evidence that wearable devices alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most.

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Smartphone App Tracks Students’ Class Attendance Automatically

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Do you want to know how often your college student attends class? Missouri University of Science and Technology has an app for that.

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The number of portable biodetectors has grown exponentially in the last decade. During this time, first responders could try different devices, but they didn’t have independent, standardized comparisons to determine which devices better met their needs. Now they do.

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Mayo Clinic App Update Includes Touch ID, Passbook, and Radiology Images

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Mayo Clinic announced today the update of the Mayo Clinic app, available as a free download from Apple’s App Store. Mayo’s flagship mobile app now includes access to radiology images and Touch ID, and is compatible with Apple’s Passbook.

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A Particle Physics App for Your Phone

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A free app for Android and Apple devices called The Particle Adventure makes checking out the world of quarks, dark matter, and particle accelerators as easy as tapping touchscreen icons.

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Crowdsourcing with Mobile Apps Brings 'Big Data' to Psychological Research

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A fast-paced game app where players pretend they are baggage screening officers operating airport x-ray scanners has provided researchers with billions of pieces of data in record time, according to an article published by the American Psychological Association.

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FMI and SJU Peck Fellow Study Scans Perceptions among Grocery App Users

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A new study has found that the more active a shopper is with social media, the less likely it is that shopper will use a grocery retailer’s app in a store.

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Nurses Text, Send Images From O-R With New App

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A new smartphone app called EASE is designed to lift the veil of secrecy from the operating room and provide families in the waiting room consistent updates on what’s happening with their child in the operating room. It’s like Snapchat for hospitals, and it’s safe, secure, and HIPAA-compliant.