Want to Live Healthier? Apps Can Help
Lorraine Ross has been afflicted with high blood pressure since she was 25. Over the years, doctors told her to avoid salty foods, get regular exercise and not to smoke - or else, they warned, her condition would deteriorate.
But Ross, now 64, didn't appreciate the value of maintaining a healthy lifestyle until she recently participated in a medical study for a smartphone application.
As part of the study, she measured her blood pressure two days a week using a commercially available home device that was modified to transmit readings to her BlackBerry, which relayed the data to the research team.
The BlackBerry also provided instant feedback. A text message would note if her blood pressure was in the normal range and offer tips for keeping it on an even keel. If Ross forgot to take a reading, she would get an automated phone call with a reminder that her results were due.
Full Story by Paul Taylor in the Globe and Mail.