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Smartphone Health Apps and Blind Readers

University of Washington researchers who conducted a review of nine mobile health applications found that they were not fully accessible to blind customers.

In a paper published in the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, the researchers investigated nine common iPhone mobile health (mHealth) applications that upload data from blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring devices.

Rating the Symptom Checkers

Online software programs known as “symptom checkers” are the go-to solution for people trying to self-diagnose symptoms and to decide whether they should go to the doctor. But how good are they? Harvard researchers decided to find out.

Their discovery: the symptom checkers are about as good to telephone “triage” lines commonly used in primary care practices. And they are better than general internet searchers.

However, they’re often wrong.

Getting Over Summer Sadness

By Brooke Sager

Summer is often thought of as the most carefree season of the year, filled with sunshine, beach days and BBQs. However, for many people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition in which your mood is affected by the seasons, summertime is not when the living’s easy—about 10-25% of America’s 500 thousand SAD sufferers fall into their deepest depression during the summer.

Brewing Evidence for Tea’s Heart Benefits

Black or green, hot or iced, tea is gaining in popularity. Many cities and shopping malls feature specialty tea shops, and bottled teas vie for space on store shelves. The Tea Association of the U.S.A. says the tea market has quadrupled over the past two decades.

Tea’s purported health benefits—many of which are linked to the heart and blood vessels—may be fueling this trend. Just how might tea help your heart, and how strong is the evidence?

High BP in Your 50’s May Mean Cognitive Decline Later

Having high blood pressure in your 50's may impact your ability to keep track or plan ahead in your 80's, according to a study done at Boston University Medical Center and published in July 2015 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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