Body language is extremely important when it comes to making good first impressions. It's always helpful to know what body cues show you in a positive light, especially during interviews or networking when you're meeting someone for the first time. It can make a difference and even make you more likeable. Keep these tips in mind when you're interacting with another person:

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Should you Google your medical symptoms? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora:

Read this Before You Turn to Dr. Google. House calls are back and they are only a click away; but could overindulging in access to health information actually be hurting us?

When you’re not feeling well, it’s natural to want to find out what’s wrong. And the idea of doing so from the comfort of your own home without the hassle of a doctor’s visit is appealing. So appealing, in fact, a survey by Pew Research Center found that more than thirty-five percent of Americans had gone online to self-diagnose their symptoms. (Topping the list are pregnancy symptoms, flu symptoms and diabetes symptoms.) Sounds harmless, right? Actually, no.

If you tend to search online when you’re not feeling well, make sure you are following these steps:

1. Use trusted sites

You can’t trust everything you see on the Internet – from photoshopped images to opinions disguised as news. Unfortunately, there’s even more bad health information. Stick to searching on reputable websites like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be especially wary of sites that are selling supplements, foods or anything health-related that sounds too good to be true. (Spoiler: It is!)

2. Don’t read only one diagnosis.

A study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that the correct diagnosis was only returned as the top search result thirty-four percent of the time on twenty-three sites that are self-billed “symptom-checkers”. It is better to read a handful of results: half the sites had the right diagnosis in the top three and nearly sixty percent had it in the top twenty.

3. Talk to a doctor about your suspected diagnosis.

No matter what you find, it’s important to have you doctor confirm your diagnosis. The Pew survey found that thirty-five percent of respondents did not get a second opinion, but of those that did, only forty-one percent had their suspicions confirmed by a medical professional.

4. Don’t stress out about your possible imagined health condition.

If you’re the type of person who gets easily stressed by uncertainty, you should be especially cautious of googling your symptoms, cautions one study. You may have a condition dubbed “cyberchondria”, the online version of hypochondria, where you think every symptom applies to you. For example, mistaking a simple tension headache for a brain tumor, for example. This can cause you to worry unnecessarily, visit the doctor more than necessary and demand too many tests or even medications you don’t really need.

While search engines can empower us with information, online research is no substitute for a physician’s diagnosis. If you believe something is wrong, reach out to your primary care physician for help. Not only can you count on their diagnosis, but can immediately receive steps for treatment.

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Although the medical field has made many strides, at the end of the day, doctors are also prone to human mistakes. As a way to prevent human error, IBM Watson‘s cognitive technology is being developed to read and scan a patient’s medical images. This way, Watson has the ability to direct the attention of a doctor.

Watson will also have the ability to pull up a patient’s past medical history to diagnose a condition and come up with a faster treatment plan. For example, if a patient has a tumor, Watson will be able to identify it then utilize a patient’s past medical history to come up with a plan.

IBM is just one of the many companies trying to merge data and technology to assist the field of healthcare. Doctors may be able to do more with another set of eyes.

Author:  JIWON KIM

Source:  https://www.psfk.com/2016/12/ibm-watson-wants-to-be-your-doctor-human-error.html

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A new survey of internet users suggests that people who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems. Using two scales to evaluate internet use, researchers have found high rates of problematic internet use in a group of primarily college-aged students.  The researchers evaluated internet addiction using the Internet Addiction Test, as well as newer scale of their own design, based on updated addiction criteria. This work may have implications for how psychiatrists approach excessive internet use.

A new survey of internet users suggests that people who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems. Using two scales to evaluate internet use, researchers have found high rates of problematic internet use in a group of primarily college-aged students. The researchers evaluated internet addiction using the Internet Addiction Test, as well as newer scale of their own design, based on updated addiction criteria. This work, which is presented at the ECNP conference in Vienna, may have implications for how psychiatrists approach excessive internet use.

The unstoppable rise of the internet has given rise to fears that increasing numbers people are becoming unable to cope without regularly going online. The Internet Addiction Test (IAT) is the standard test used to measure excessive reliance on the internet, but as Chief Researcher Michael Van Ameringen pointed out: "The IAT was developed in 1998, prior to the widespread use of smartphone technology. In addition, internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc. We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it."

Professor Van Ameringen's group, from McMaster University in Canada, surveyed 254 students and correlated internet use with general mental health and wellbeing. Thirty-three of the students met screening criteria for internet addition according to the Internet Addiction Test. However, 107 students met criteria for problematic internet use using Professor Van Ameringen and colleagues' new screening tool. The research team also administered a further series of self-reported tests to see how the internet addicts compared to the others in the survey on areas such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, impulsiveness, inattention and executive functioning, as well as tests for ADHD.

Professor Van Ameringen said: "We found that those screening positive on the IAT as well as on our scale, had significantly more trouble dealing with their day to day activities, including life at home, at work/school and in social settings. Individuals with internet addiction also had significantly higher amounts of depression and anxiety symptoms, problems with planning and time management, greater levels of attentional impulsivity as well as ADHD symptoms. This leads us to a couple of questions: firstly, are we grossly underestimating the prevalence of internet addiction and secondly are these other mental health issues a cause or consequence of this excessive reliance on the internet?

This may have practical medical implications. If you are trying to treat someone for an addiction when in fact they are anxious or depressed, then you may be going down the wrong route. We need to understand this more, so we need a bigger sample, drawn from a wider, more varied population."

Commenting Professor Jan Buitelaar (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre) of the ECNP Child and adolescent disorders treatment Scientific Advisory Panel said: "Excessive use of the internet is an understudied phenomenon that may disguise mild or severe psychopathology; excessive use of the internet may be strongly linked to compulsive behaviour and addiction; as the authors say, further study is needed in larger populations."


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Mobile health has experienced dynamic growth during the past 2 years. All smartphone platforms now have a wide range of apps for management of medical conditions, fitness, and home health monitoring. As consumers become more comfortable with smartphones, their use of apps to manage health and fitness will increase. This is an update to a previous article where we analyzed search trends in Mobile Health using Google Trends.

Google Trends allows users to search its database for trends in search data. The data are scaled from 0 to 100 and plotted over a time scale to create a line graph, with 100 being the peak popularity for a particular search term. Users can compare up to five search terms and apply various filters to refine their search. While search trends might not directly reflect the popularity of apps, it does give a sense of search interest.

Fitness, Health, and APIs

Fitness apps have consistently been the most popular way consumers utilize Mobile Health. Before 2014, the general term “fitness app” was the most popular search term when compared to other popular Mobile Health terms. This changed in 2014 when there was a spike in searches for “health app”.

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

This change happened in conjunction with innovations in mobile health, and can be tied to the introduction of Google and Apple’s health APIs for their respective mobile platforms. Google Fit APIs were introduced during the 2014 Google I/O conference, and Apple introduced HealthKit during WWDC 2014. The spike in “health app” correlates with searches for apple and google’s APIs as seen below:

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

Now that specific products have been developed for these platforms, “health app” has trended back down to nearly the same level as the term “fitness app”. Health and fitness have been trending more than apps for specific medical conditions, and 2014 saw the largest growth for the field.

Apps for Specific Medical Conditions

In comparison to health and fitness, searches for medical apps specific to common diseases were less frequent. Fitness and health apps had to be excluded in order to see a difference between apps for medical conditions. There are many reasons for this disparity. Compared to fitness, medical diagnoses like diabetes currently do not share the same appeal of posting significant milestones online. Social interactions within apps are a major reason for generating interest and participation, an appeal that most medical apps lack. Fitness applications are also marketable to a broader segment of the consumer market. Health and Fitness apps typically require minimal user input as activity data is tracked automatically from wearable tech and mobile devices. This is in comparison to most diabetes monitoring apps which still require manual input of blood glucose levels. These advantages over medical conditions could account for the increased popularity of health and fitness apps.

There is also a distinct separation of popularity between specific diagnoses. The general term “medical app” remains the most frequent search term. Searches for “Pregnancy app” were higher than other medical conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure. This is despite the fact that there are more people with these chronic medical problems when compared to pregnancies. There are several factors that could explain this difference. The targeted demographics differ, with the majority of those in childbearing age now being millennials who have grown up with mobile technology. The diagnosis of pregnancy carries an intensive period afterwards where patients seek progressive education and guidance. It is intuitive that younger generations of consumers are more likely to utilize apps as a resource for knowledge and guidance in health. Pregnancy is unique in that it carries discrete stages of progression, while other conditions focus on maintaining goals. Apps for pregnancy also typically don’t require manual input of health data. The popularity of pregnancy apps on Google searches are due to the advantages they have over other chronic conditions.

Medical conditions have different rates of growth on Google Trends. Pregnancy apps show the highest growth rate, while cholesterol app searches remain flat. Blood pressure apps have seen a recent increase in the last two years as more compatible home blood pressure devices have been introduced to the consumer market. New devices and wearable tech that can utilize APIs to automate health data tracking could renew interest in chronic medical conditions. Searches for diabetes apps have seen minimal growth, but as new developments allows for wireless syncing of data from insulin pumps and CGMs, search trends may increase like blood pressure apps have.

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health

Regional Impact

Google Trends has the ability to display patterns of search trends regionally. The United States remains the leading country in searches for medical apps while Australia leads in health and fitness.

Search patterns also correlate with cultural norms. There are yearly spikes in North American searches for “Health App” during January, where New Year resolutions abound. These patterns are not as evident in Australia, despite the country leading the world in searches for fitness. Australia also shares in the practice of New Years Resolutions, but Australians are known for having a high priority in their fitness culture, which may not be affected by New Year resolutions as with Americans.

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US searches for fitness and medical apps

Google Trends Highlight Trends in Mobile Health 10

Australian searches for fitness and medical apps


Consumers are showing increasing interest in using apps to manage their health and medical conditions. Google Trends is an interesting way to examine this interest through the use of their search engine. Some surprising findings were the popularity of pregnancy apps over more common medical conditions. This popularity can be attributed to millennials becoming the primary demographic for this product. It can be anticipated that as more millennials transition to an age range where chronic medical conditions are common, they will turn towards mobile health as a resource to learn and manage their new diagnoses.

Health and fitness apps saw spikes of searches in 2014 due to innovations from major smartphone developers. APIs have made it easier for developers to integrate the massive amount of data that wearables and mobile devices have been collecting. The differentiation between “health” and “fitness” apps may disappear as fitness data becomes integrated into overall health management. As evidenced in 2014, health apps will have a greater role in consumer use, especially as these platforms develop more ways to help impact health outcomes. Apple has recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic and Epic, which are potential ways to integrate health data with EHRs in a meaningful way for providers to make healthcare decisions for patients.

Regional differences may be evidence that marketing during the new year for fitness apps may hold more impact for North America but may be negligible in countries like Australia. Newer generations of users will look for apps to maintain their health and learn about how to manage new medical diagnoses. As mobile platforms find better ways to integrate social engagement, effectively use health data, and integrate with medical management, consumers and healthcare providers will have powerful tools to manage health.

Author:  David Tseng MD

Source:  http://www.imedicalapps.com

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You've got a headache - or a nasty cold - so what do you do?

Well, the answer for many people in the modern day era will be "Google".

The search engine, which answers all our queries day in, day out, is regularly used as a source of DIY diagnosis.

But the growing trend can be quite worrying.

Indeed, a new survey for The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) found 43 per cent of people admit to using painkillers that have been prescribed to someone else after diagnosing themselves online.

    And the RPS have issued a stark warning that self diagnosing runs the risk of taking misleading advice or missing key symptoms.

    Of course, in this age of instant access, it’s not surprising that Google is the first port of call for many people with worrying symptoms.

    But there’s a real danger of not receiving timely treatment for potentially serious problems or, at the other end of the scale, of becoming seriously distressed when you self-diagnose a life-threatening condition that you don’t have.

    Hay fever misery as the pollen season starts

      Among the most common symptoms typed into a search engine are nausea, chest pain and tiredness.

      Diarrhoea, child rashes, spots, sore throats and headache are also popular, along with back pain and a cough.

      Robin Berzin, MD, founder of Parsley Health, told Cosmopolitan: "Spending time furiously searching symptoms on your iPhone, then declaring you've got X, Y, or Z can be downright dangerous.

      "First off, it can keep you from getting the help you actually need."

        Highlighting the dangers, the medical expert added: "A lot of times, people read a personal story and they say, Hey, that sounds like me. That's my problem too!' and they get very worked up, and may even take a course of action that isn't actually relevant to them."

        Medical experts say you should always seek the advice of a professional - so no more DIY diagnosing, folks.

        Author:  James Rodger

        Source:  http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/

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        Technology has been an incredible tool to help people monitor their health. We can track what we eat, our steps, our heart rate and even our sleeping patterns. But some app developers have set their sights on a more complex but equally important area of holistic health: mental wellness.

        As the national conversation shifts toward the acceptance of mental health treatment, the ability to reach (and afford) professionals is as easy as visiting your smartphone's app store. These nine incredible businesses are helping to fight stigmas about mental health issues by making it easier than ever for people to access proper mental care.


        TalkSpace, available online and through an app, is a platform in which people are connected with licensed mental health professionals based on their individual needs. You first chat live with a Talkspace Matching Agent who will explain how online therapy works and answer any questions you have, the website says. Once you're matched, you can pick your subscription option and receive unlimited secure messaging with a therapist for $32/week (messaging only), $43/week (messaging plus one live session) or $69/week (messaging plus four live sessions).


        Social anxiety can be crippling, but with the right treatment, it can become manageable to help you live a better life. Joyable offers you a complete program based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the gold standard for overcoming social anxiety. Ninety percent of Joyable’s clients see a reduction in their anxiety, the website says. Take a quiz to decipher your level and type of anxiety, then meet with your dedicated coach via text or a phone call so you can describe what you're feeling. Joyable helps you challenge and master your anxiety to achieve goals. After a 7-day free trial, treatment is $25/month.

        Operation Reach Out

        Serving in the military comes with sacrifice, including mental health. Operation Reach Out is a free app that offers accessible mental health assistance to those who have served. According to the website, Operation Reach Out is aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans and encourages people to reach out when they are having suicidal thoughts. The app functions as a personal contact help center and provides activities and support to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.


        Headspace was designed with a number of programs to address sleep issues, anxiety, depression and stress through guided meditation programs. Once you've achieved your first 10 days of mediation training, you're able to access the additional programs. According to the website, by using 1 percent of your day to meditate, you will be able to see a "massive difference" in your life (but 10 minutes a day is a good starting point). You can sign up for free, then opt into $12.95/month for unlimited access to the Headspace collection for a month, $7.99/month for unlimited access all year, or other subscription packages.


        Sometimes mental health requires a combination of treatments, which is the goal of IntelliCare's bundle of apps created by Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine. According to the website, IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity and obsessive thinking. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Interested users can download individual apps or the IntelliCare suite from the Google Play Store.


        Anxiety can be crippling for some. MindShift was built with the intent of coaching those individuals through their anxiety. According to the site, the app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle better sleep, dealing with intense emotions, test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry panic and conflict.

        Simple Habit

        Simple Habit truly is simple, five minutes a day of mindfulness to decrease stress. The app's founder Yunha Kim was so stressed at her startup, she turned to meditation. Since then, she has been meditating for a few minutes a day. The app was designed by a team of a Harvard psychologists and meditation experts, Simple Habit meditations are just five minutes and personalized for various life situations. From before going to work in the morning or preparing a difficult conversation, to even dealing with PMS, Simple Habit can help you get through your day, the site said. Sign up online and download in the App Store. 

        Optimism Apps

        Following your patterns can help you become more self-aware. The Optimism Apps suite, available across all your devices, acts as a springboard to detect patterns in your health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions, the site said. The Optimism Apps help you work on developing and monitoring strategies, specific to you, that help you understand warning signs and "triggers" that affect you.


        With BetterHelp, you can do therapy on your own time and pace. The site matches you with a mental health professional who can identify your needs and help you. Communicate with your therapists as often as you want and whenever you feel it's needed. According to the site, you can start for free to feel confident the app and treatment are right for you. Once you've answered a questionnaire and have signed up for the site, you're offered a free seven-day trial before subscribing to a $35/week plan for unlimited sessions with your counselor.

        The above apps may not be suitable replacements for professional in-person therapy, and are meant as suggestions to help those looking to improve their mental health. If you find yourself in crisis, please consult help immediately from any of these resources.

        Source : businessnewsdaily.com

        Categorized in Internet Technology

        My first question from you “Are you living a Healthy Life“? Health plays an important role of happy and depression less life. its 2016 is about to end and the time is changing with lots of health issues are arising day by day. But now we’re going to change your living style and your health because you all know very well “Health is Wealth“. Luckily, today’s technology can help us achieve our goals. but did you know this technology makes us “Slaves” of their over uses. So for those who haven’t made much progress, we’re here with Download Best Health Apps Including Fitness & Workout Apps for Android & iPhone’s. these best health apps helps you to use your android and iOS device in a good manner and teach you “How To Stay Healthy with Technology”.

        Why Only Best Health Apps?

        Best Fitness and Workout apps helps us to connect our dull lifestyle to Digital world. In this brief article you all are thinking about why should i publish this Health related article on a tech hacks blog? Then my answer is as simple as that without your healthy life you won’t learn anything, first make your health good then you’re eligible to do other tasks. You compete virtually against everyone else using the same app and covering the same ground.

        Download Best Health Apps 2017 – Fitness | Workout | Gym | Exercise Apps 

        In this health section of our blog, there are many types of health apps for android and health apps for iPhone. you can download fitness apps, Work out apps, Gym Apps and also Exercise Apps . These free health apps and best workout apps will definitely change your lifestyle. so lets see which Free Health app for android and iPhone are the best for you.

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        Here is the best fitness apps for android and iPhone. you can simply download these health apps by click on that app below.

        #1. MyFitnessPal

        We live in a world of full of frustration and depression —all of which can affect our diet and health. MyFitnessPal is a mobile app and website that gives you a wealth of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity. Of all the calorie counters I’ve used, MyFitnessPal is by far the easiest one to manage, and it comes with the largest database of foods and drinks. You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

        #2. BodySpace

        BodySpace is an app developed by the same folks. It functions as a social media network for fitness fans. Upload a photo, set your goals, and track your workouts. You’ll also get access to dozens of training programs and even more workouts.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google. What differentiates this app from others is the ability to find friends with common fitness goals and interests.This

        #3. Fitbit

        This is the best health app for Fitbit wearable fitness devices. It lets you track your activity and steps, monitor your heart rate, log the food you eat, set goals, monitor and analyze your sleep, and more. We like that both the app and Fitbit devices are fully customization. How you use it is up to you, and the feedback you get is based on your individual inputs.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

        #4. Fitnet

        Fitnet is the workout app for people who can’t carve out time to go to the gym. The app features an abundance of five- and seven-minute targeted workouts, so you don’t have to sacrifice time with your friends and family to achieve your fitness goals. Plus, the app uses your phone’s camera for a whole new kind of selfie—this one measures how closely you follow the moves shown on the screen.

        #5. My Diet Coach

        This nutrition app tries to make losing weight and eating healthier more fun and challenging by turning it into a game. Choose your avatar to represent you on your weight loss quest and start working with you diet coach. The app will send you reminders, cool motivational messages, and helpful guides. There are also regular challenges that will develop healthy habits, like putting more veggies on your plate and drinking more water.

        #6. Runkeeper

        This popular app uses GPS to track your routes, elevation, and more. Set goals and follow training programs to improve your speed or get yourself ready for your next race. You’ll get audio feedback during your workouts, which will save you from having to look down to check your pace and progress.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

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        Here is the best workout apps for android and iPhone.

        #1. Relax Melodies

        Relax Melodies promises to bring you to a relaxed state with its use of melodies, sounds, brainwave beats and meditations. Its large catalog of music and sounds might seem overwhelming at first, but its well-designed interface makes it easy for the user to customize his/her meditation experience. What’s more, the app makes creative use of bin-aural beats, which research has shown to have positive effects on the brain.

        #2. Yoga Wake Up

        What better way to ease into the day than with a quick morning yoga flow? This app delivers a 10-minute sequence at your designated wake-up time. Each sequence is a little different. Some focus more on meditation, while others hone in on holding poses and setting intentions. Yoga every damn day just got a whole lot easier.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

        #3. RockMyRun

        Run farther, faster and harder with RockMyRun. The app has thousands of DJ mixes with tempos that will keep you running. Its vaunted Body-Driven Music matches the music you run to with your movement. No more stopping to change your music, no more breaking momentum. Plus, RockMyRun can be synced with other tracking apps like Endomondo, MapMyRun, Nike+ and Runtastic. The app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

        #4. Nike+ Training

        Nike+ Training Club comes with all the things you’d expect from a top-notch fitness app: workouts designed by professional trainers and athletes, customizable fitness programs, sharing capabilities to compare your progress with others, and a totally sleek interface. And in Nike fashion, it just does it better than the competition.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

        #5. Lose It!

        Lose the pounds with Lose It, an amazing nutrition and exercise-tracking app that’s simple and easy to use. Just enter some vital details like weight, height, and ideal weight and Lose It! will provide you with your daily calorie budget. The app’s barcode scanner and extensive meal database makes it easy to keep track of food intake

        Premium Health & Fitness Apps for iPhone 2017

        #1. Hot5 Fitness

        Hot5 Fitness app offers high quality step-by-step workouts led by the top trainers in the industry. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts of every variety and difficulty level. Whether you’re looking for a quick 5-minute core blasting after a long run or a full 45-minute yoga session in your hotel room, this app offers something for everyone.You can easily download this Android and iOS App for free from Google.

        #2. Carrot Fit

        If you’re not into all the fluff and puff, this may be a good option for you. But be aware, this app is not for the feint of heart. Think less cheerleader, more fitness drill sergeant. A judgmental weight tracker, this CARROT character dishes out harsh criticisms to those wanting to drop pounds.

        #3. Pocket Yoga

        You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS), an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of different poses, complete with write ups on each one’s proper execution and health benefits.

        So above is all about Download Best Health Apps For Android and iPhone 2017. i hope these best fitness apps, workout apps, and exercise apps free download. Do comment below and hit the share button if you seriously like this Best Health Apps 2017 Article.

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        Categorized in Internet Technology

        Have you ever wondered how long you stared or tapped away at the screen on your phone? How about the amount of time spent on the Internet? According to calculated data and social scientist research, this could prove to have many negative effects on your health. For the past eight years, we have experienced the rise of the smartphones. No longer do we have to sit down and glance at a screen from our home or desk; now we always carry one with us. Also, the overall style of the Internet has evolved over the past 40 years from lines of code to written words, and finally, to highly stylized Internet with various graphics, emojis, and videos. Technology, as it stands today, serves the people and has a number of benefits but can also disconnect you from reality and damage your human-like qualities such as senses and emotions.

        Intrusions Upon the Real World

        Technology overload seems to be affecting not just a single demographic but anyone who has multiple devices. While having these devices has caused people to become high-level multi-taskers, it has left many without any time to themselves. At one point, work was something you go to, but now smartphones have made work much more; you carry it around wherever you go. While technology overload isn’t a medically recognized disorder, it can easily be seen thanks to research into the habits of people and organizations that have used or over relied on technology.

        In an article titled “Does the Internet Increase Anxiety?” freelance writer Ned Smith, who is also a former senior writer at international consulting firm Sweeney Vesty and vice president of communications for iQuest Analytics, stated, “The promise of the digital age has been that constant connectedness will increase productivity and effectiveness, but the opposite has turned out to be true. The constant onslaught of information from smartphones, computers, and other digital devices has actually decreased productivity, creativity, and the quality of personal relationships. Information overload and the multitasking required by today’s digital demands make people feel like there is too much to do and that life is spinning out of control.”

        While the quality of relationships, time and productivity on a personal level is important, companies are losing out financially as well. Within the same article, Smith stated, “Basex, a research firm that specializes in technical issues in the workplace, reckons that information overload is responsible for economic losses of $900 billion a year at work.”

        How to Set Boundaries

        One of the first steps to limit your technology usage is to set boundaries. You may wonder how to accomplish these steps. Many social scientists, researchers, and advocates of limiting technology have opinions and real data on what methods to take to help alleviate these symptoms.

        1. Do things in a sequential order

        Dr. Joanne Cantor, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stated within the same article that you should limit your multi-tasking and focus more on single tasking. “Do one thing at a time,” she said. “You’ll find you actually save time.” Focusing on single-tasking instead and committing to longer goals can help you be more productive.

        2. Be the master of your own interruptions

        Learning how not to respond is easier said than done especially when it has become instantaneous. Besides single tasking, checking your phone every hour can devolve into every minute. The idea is to not be on available 24/7 for every single thing. While some calls, emails and texts will be more urgent than others, you should set aside blocks of time every so often to check emails and text messages.

        3. Take the time to recharge

         Technology also makes work better but at the same time longer than before and can even cause you to work outside of the office. “Research shows that information overload interferes with your ability to think outside the box,” Cantor said. Work is good, but leisure is needed to get the most out of work. Channel energy into other hobbies such as fitness, cooking, drawing or playing musical instruments. These activities focus more on single sequential tasks instead of juggling multiple things at a time.

        Since the groundbreaking creation of the Internet, there has been a constant innovation that we have benefited from. Making our lives easier, faster and safer than ever before, something like technology is a double-edged sword. Normal usage of the multiple devices around us can push people further into addiction-like qualities, causing an overload of information around us. Smartphones and computers can work tirelessly while humans cannot; that is why it is important that researchers tell you to recharge yourself by stepping away from the deluge of information once in a while.

        Source: nevalleynews.org

        Categorized in Internet Technology

        The search function was designed with experts from Harvard and the Mayo Clinic.

        An agonising headache that just won’t go away – but at what point should the feeling sorry for yourself give way to genuine concern?

        In the past, that would’ve been a question exclusively directed at your GP.

        But, increasingly people are turning to the internet in their quest for an answer to their health fears.

        Google’s symptom search function allows people to ask about symptoms, and collates a list of related conditions, possible information and suggests when it is important to visit a doctor

        Indeed, search engine giant, Google estimates one per cent of the millions of searches performed each day, are symptom related.

        And whereas once upon a Google search, you would’ve been inundated with a deluge of links to health forums, blogs, NHS Choices pages and other potentially alarming information, the new reality is changing the face of the internet diagnosis.

        Now the new Google symptom checker, designed in conjunction with experts from the prestigious Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic, aims to make navigating health content online a less daunting ordeal.

        The tool allows people to ask about symptoms, such as a “headache on one side”.

        And the result is a list of related conditions, for example headache, migraine, tension headache, cluster headache, sinusitis and the common cold.

        Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1677380/symptom-checker-diagnoses-whats-wrong-gives-treatment-advice-and-tells-you-when-its-serious-enough-to-see-a-doctor/

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