3 min read • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic progressive lung disease characterized by shortness of breath, chronic cough and sometimes increased sputum production. The main causes of COPD are smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, about 16 million people in the United States have COPD. There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments that can help ease symptoms and improve quality of life. In this article, we will discuss some non-pharmacological options for managing COPD.
3 min read • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in life and affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. People with ASD may be diagnosed with one of three types of ASD: autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Each type of ASD has its own set of symptoms. Some people with ASD are severely impaired while others are able to function relatively well. It is estimated that 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Boys are nearly 5 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ASD.
3 min read • The prevalence of asthma and allergies has increased dramatically in recent years. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 50 million people suffer from these conditions. And while there is no cure, there are ways to manage these diseases and improve your quality of life. One way to do this is by using apps specifically designed for people with asthma and allergies.
3 min read • The importance of dental hygiene in kids cannot be understated. Poor dental hygiene can lead to a number of problems, including cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. It can be hard for kids to care for their teeth properly, however, which is why it's important for parents to find ways to help and motivate their kids. There are a number of apps available that can help kids brush their teeth properly. Some of these apps provide instructions on how to brush correctly, while others allow kids to track their progress or earn rewards for good brushing habits. Whatever your child's needs may be, there's sure to be an app that can help.
3 min read • In Canada, alcohol is used by the majority of people in their daily lives. It is socially acceptable and legal to drink alcohol. However, drinking alcohol has been linked to mental and physical health problems. These problems may include: anxiety, depression, memory loss, liver disease, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Despite the risks associated with drinking alcohol, many people do not seek help for their problem drinking, because they’re too embarrassed or ashamed to seek treatment. They may also not be aware that there are effective treatments available. Mobile applications can be a helpful tool for people struggling with alcohol misuse. They can provide support and motivation, track progress, and help users stay accountable. It can help people reach their goal to reduce their alcohol consumption or stop drinking.
4 min read • Exercising is so important, especially for physical and mental well-being. Among other things, it helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthens bones and muscles, and lowers the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity is now recommended as a first-line treatment for depression; it also helps to reduce anxiety symptoms. Yes, it seems like there are a million fitness apps, and like at least a new fitness app is added every day in the app stores! With so many choices, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. But don't worry! In this article, we'll help you sort through some of the options and find the best app for your needs.
3 min read • According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, about 1 in 5 children between the ages of 12 and 18 experience some form of bullying. And that doesn't even account for what happens to adults. Bullying can take many different forms, from physical violence to online harassment. It can make people feel isolated, anxious, depressed, and even suicidal. If you or someone you know is being bullied, it's important to reach out for help. There are many organizations and resources that can help victims of bullying or their loved ones to find ways or tools to deal with bullying. Websites are full of resources including hotlines, websites, apps, books, support groups, and more. For examples, you may consult: Redraw Your World Without Bullying Stop Bullying Now (Positive Approaches to Social Development) In this article, we'll look at how apps can be a useful tool to help combat bullying.
3 min read • For many people, migraines and other types of headaches can be debilitating. They can make it difficult to work, take care of the family, or even enjoy leisure activities. Beside pharmacological treatment, there are a variety of tools available that can help people who suffer from migraines or other types of headaches manage their medical condition.
4 min read • A vegetarian diet is one which excludes meat. There are many different types of vegetarianism, with some vegetarians consuming a diet that includes eggs and dairy products while others consume a vegan diet, which excludes all animal-derived products. There are many proven benefits of following a vegetarian or vegan diet. These diets have been shown to lower the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. They also help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Adopting a plant-based lifestyle, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, could also improve symptoms, and even prognosis, of diseases like arthritis and cancer. Vegetarian and vegan diets are also more environmentally sustainable than diets that include meat. Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and land degradation. A plant-based diet requires less water and land to produce than a meat-based diet. Finally, there may be ethical reasons concerning animal welfare for choosing to eat a plant-based diet.
3 min read • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative neurological disease that can have a profound impact on the lives of those affected by it. The symptoms of MS can range from mild to severe, and there is currently no cure for the disease. Not only are there pharmacological treatments to help manage the symptoms of MS, there are also a number of non-pharmacological options that can help improve the condition of people with MS. This is where apps may be helpful.
4 min read • The world is a scary place. Every day we see stories on the news about natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other tragedies. It's no wonder that children today are feeling more stressed and anxious than ever before. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 kids aged 3-17 have a mental health disorder. The daily pressures of modern life are tough on many kids. They may feel anxious about school, friends or family issues. Or they may be grieving the loss of a loved one. Anxiety and stress can manifest in many different ways. Some children may become withdrawn and stop participating in activities they used to enjoy. Others may have trouble sleeping or eating. And still others may act out in aggressive or disruptive ways. It's important to help kids manage these feelings, as they can lead to serious problems if left unchecked. In most cases, these are normal reactions to abnormal or unusual situations. If your child is having difficulty coping, there are some things you can do to help them.
4 min read • #BellLet’sTalk #BellCausePourLaCause #MentalHealth You would like to use a health app but too many choices are available to you? You don't know if health apps are really effective in helping with symptoms of depression? Not sure which app best suits your needs? AppGuide and its team of experts are there for you! On this mental health awareness day, we want to support you in your decision to use a health app.
3 min read • It's happened to all of us. You're rushing out the door to catch a train, or getting ready for bed, when you realize you've forgotten to take your medication. For some people, forgetting a dose here and there isn't a big deal. But if you're taking medications for a chronic condition, missing doses can be dangerous - even life-threatening. According to the World Health Organization, poor adherence to prescribed medications is responsible for approximately 50% of treatment failures and 25% of hospitalizations worldwide. In the United States alone, it's estimated that 125,000 deaths each year are due to non-adherence. Medication non-adherence describes the situation where someone doesn't take their medications as prescribed by their doctor. This could mean not taking them at all, or only taking them sometimes. It could also mean not taking them in the right way - for example, skipping doses or not finishing a course of antibiotics. There are many reasons why people might miss doses of their medication. Some people find it hard to remember to take their pills every day (or multiple times per day). Others may forget because they don't have access to their medications - for example, if they're traveling or away from home. "Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease often have complex regimens requiring multiple pills at different times throughout the day," says Dr. Sarah Samaan, cardiologist and author, "This can be tough for anyone to keep track of but especially challenging as we get older and our memory starts declining." In short, it's easy for everyone to forget to take doses of medication. And missing doses can have health consequences. If you're looking for tips and tricks to help you remember to take your medications, read on.
2 min read • Being overweight or obese is a threat to personal health and the obesity pandemic is a threat to the health of society. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years. There are many online tools available to calculate your BMI, including this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Once you know your BMI, you can track it over time to see if you are gaining, losing, or maintaining your weight. If you are overweight or obese, there are many things you can do to improve your health. Losing even a small amount of weight can have health benefits, so talk with your doctor and start with the no-nonsense approach: Choose a realistic goal to achieve;Make changes to your diet and be more active;Get support from your family and your friends.
3 min read • The ketogenic diet has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet has been shown to offer several health benefits, including weight loss and improved blood sugar control. One of its disadvantages is that it is difficult to maintain in the long term, and that the diet can be followed by weight gain, if certain precautions are not taken. If you're interested in following a ketogenic diet, you may be wondering how to get started. Here are some tips to help you adopt a healthy and sustainable ketogenic lifestyle.
2 min read • The popularity of plank challenges has taken the internet by storm. There are a few reasons why plank exercises have become so popular. First, they're a great way to test your strength and endurance. Second, they can be done anywhere, anytime. And third, they're a great way to challenge yourself and see how far you can push your limits. People love the idea of testing their strength and endurance by seeing how long they can hold a plank position. If you're thinking about taking on a plank challenge, there are a few things you should know.
3 min read • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that eating disorders affect 30 million Americans. These disorders can cause serious physical and psychological problems, and even death. Eating disorders are often characterized by an obsession with food and weight. This can lead to dangerous behaviors like bingeing, purging, and starving oneself. Indeed, there are many different types of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and others. While there is no one cause of these disorders, they often develop in response to negative body image or feelings of low self-worth. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, there are many resources available to help you.
3 min read • Cancer is one of the most feared diseases of our time. According to the World Health Organization, there were 14.1 million new cases in 2012 and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. In Canada, every year, more than 230 000 people learn that they have cancer and more than 85 000 people die from this disease. Cancer not only affects patients but also their families and friends. Patients and caregivers both often feel guilty, helpless and exhausted. They need all the support they can get.
3 min read • Sleepless nights are all too familiar for millions of people. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. Of those, about 30% suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the opportunity to do so. It can happen occasionally or it can be an ongoing problem. The effects of insomnia can be far reaching. People who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have accidents and to make mistakes at work or school. They're also more likely to get sick and take longer to recover from illness. Many factors can contribute to insomnia, including stress, anxiety, depression, certain medications and illnesses, as well as dietary and environmental factors.Fortunately, there are many non-phamacological treatments that can help people get the rest they need.
2 min read • The reality of chronic pain is that it can drastically affect the daily lives of those suffering. In addition to the physical discomfort, chronic pain can also lead to anxiety, depression, and insomnia. While there are many pharmacological options available to treat chronic pain, there are also a number of non-pharmacological options that can be helpful in managing the condition.
3 min read • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure is consistently above 120/80 mmHg. Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. When this happens, it can put strain on your heart and damage other organs in your body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. That's why it's important to recognize high blood pressure, even when there are no symptoms, and get treated if necessary.
4 min read • If you're one of the one in seven people in North America who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know that the condition can be unpredictable and debilitating. While there's no cure for IBS, there are treatments that can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. One important aspect of IBS treatment is self-care, which includes stress management, diet modification, and exercise. And increasingly, people with IBS are turning to technology for help with these self-care measures.
3 min read • According to a study done by the National Institute of Health, 43% of women have used some sort of period tracking method at least once in their life. A recent study found that 70% of millennial women track their cycles. There are many reasons why you might want to track your period: understanding your body, trying to get pregnant, avoiding pregnancy, managing menopause symptoms, and more. Period tracking can also be helpful for people with conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
4 min read • If you have a fast or irregular heartbeat, you may be suffering from a cardiac arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are fairly common, affecting an estimated 2.2 million Americans. While many arrhythmias are harmless, some can be life-threatening. If you think you may have an arrhythmia, it's important to see your doctor so he or she can diagnose and treat the condition if necessary. In the meantime, there are several things you can do to help your doctor get to the bottom of your symptoms. If you are at rest and your heart is beating faster than 100-120 beats per minute in a sustained manner, and you feel short of breath or dizzy, feel very anxious or close to losing consciousness, or have pain in your chest, go to the emergency room immediately. If you are alone, call the emergency line immediately.
3 min read • During menopause, women experience a wide range of physical and emotional changes. These changes can be difficult to cope with, but there are some tools that can help. For example, there are many apps available that can help track symptoms. This can be helpful in understanding the body’s patterns and finding ways to relieve symptoms.
4 min read • If you're one of the 415 million people worldwide who have diabetes, you know that managing the condition can be a full-time job. There's always something to think about: your blood sugar levels, your diet, your fitness level, your medications... It can be tough to stay on top of everything, and that's where these apps come in. There are plenty of applications out there that cater to different aspects of diabetes management. Some track blood sugar levels, others help with carb counting or provide information on local support groups. We've rounded up some of the best apps to help you take control of your diabetes. We've included 2 apps that work with continuous glucose monitoring systems, as they are becoming more popular, especially with type 1 diabetes patients.
2 min read • Pregnancy is an amazing time. Your body is changing, and you're bringing new life into the world. But it can also be overwhelming. There's so much to learn, and it's hard to keep track of everything. That's where apps come in. There are tons of great apps out there that can help you through your pregnancy. They can track your symptoms, give you information about what to expect, and even help you manage your appointments and medications.