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New mobile app gives women a year of health info

August 30, 2012
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mobile app for women's health52 Weeks for Women’s Health, a new app that offers women access to a year's worth of practical health information, highlighted week-by-week, is now available.

The app is based on the popular Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks, published by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The easy-to-use mobile app can help women identify health risks for themselves and their families, and can help them create and maintain healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. Questions to ask health care providers, a glossary of health terms, and health screening information and links to additional information from NIH institutes and centers expand the mobile app’s offerings.

Key features of the app are:

  • a personal health section for recording medications, medical conditions, and disabilities
  • a journal feature
  • a personal goal-setting section for health and lifestyle details

A variety of different skins can be applied to personalize the app, and it can be password-protected to help ensure health information remains confidential.

"We are thrilled to offer women access to these practical, research-based health tips on their mobile phones with the 52 Weeks for Women's Health app. Feedback on the print version from women, and health care professionals is overwhelmingly positive," said Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., acting director, ORWH. "The new mobile features can now help even more women learn about and act on changes to improve their health for years to come." The app is available for download to your iPhone or iPad from the App Store or to your Android device via Google Play.

Content is also accessible without the use of a handheld device, at http://52weeks4women.nih.gov/. In the near future, NIH will launch an app for men’s health with similar features.

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) promotes women's health and sex differences research within and beyond the NIH and works to ensure that women and minorities are included in NIH clinical research. ORWH establishes the NIH research agenda for women’s health, co-funds research in partnership with NIH Institutes and Centers, and supports women in biomedical careers and women’s health researchers. For more information about the ORWH, visit http://orwh.od.nih.gov/index.html.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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