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The best free anatomy apps for Mac for medical students

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If you are studying for a career in the medical field, then human anatomy is likely in your curriculum. And while you probably have the references you need like books and online tools, sometimes an extra one can be beneficial.

These free anatomy apps are terrific tools. You can use them to study what you’ve learned, delve into an area that’s new, or as references for research or assignments. If you’re looking for an app to accompany your other learning tools, check out these anatomy apps for Mac.

The best medical information apps for iPhone and iPad

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When it comes to your health, nothing is more important than getting the answers you need. And when you can’t get to a doctor right away for non-emergency situations, are diagnosed with a condition, or are prescribed a medication, you’re going to have questions.

There are apps for iOS that can help answer those questions. From checking your symptoms to basic first aid, here are the best medical information apps for iPhone and iPad.

The best iPhone apps for the hearing impaired

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If you have a hearing impairment and need a little extra help, there are plenty of iPhone apps that can come to the rescue. You might need sounds to be louder or just a different way to communicate.

We’re here to help with a few of the best iPhone apps for the hearing impaired.

Apple working to bring comprehensive clinical data to iPhone

Aiming to turn your iPhone into the “one-stop shop for all your medical info,” a secretive team within Apple's growing Health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing comprehensive clinical data to the device.

CNBC has learned from a half-dozen people familiar with the team that a future revision to the stock Health app could let users store their detailed lab results and stuff like allergy lists to their iPhone for optional sharing with hospitals, doctors, health developers and more.

“Imagine turning to your iPhone for all your health and medical information—every doctor's visit, lab test result, prescription and other health information, all available in a snapshot on your phone and shared with your doctor on command,” reads the article.

In its quest to turn the handset into the central bank for all health-related information, Apple is allegedly exploring potential acquisitions and attending health IT industry meetings.

It even hired some of the top developers involved with FHIR, an increasingly popular protocol for exchanging electronic health records, like former Epic Systems executive Sean Moore and Ricky Bloomfield, a physician from Duke University with a background in medical informatics.

According to CNBC:

Apple in recent months has been involved with discussions with health IT industry groups that are looking for ways to make this goal a reality, two of the people said.

These include "The Argonaut Project," a private sector initiative that is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information and "The Carin Alliance," an organization looking to give patients a central role in controlling their medical data.

Since iOS 10, the Health app has supported the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document (HL7 CCD) standard, which allows users to bring their own health records to the Health app. Users can share their records in an appropriate format with doctors.

Th Cupertino giant's new initiative, however, seems to be a lot broader in scope because, unlike the ability to store a limited snapshot of HL7 CCD records on the device, it would make sharing full medical data with hospitals and medical professionals a reality.

If successful, the company could easily solve one of the medical community's biggest problems—easy sharing of medical data and patient information between doctors, especially among different hospitals or clinics.

A March report said Apple has been working on a sensor for Apple Watch to non-invasively track blood glucose, a prototype of which Tim Cook is reportedly wearing on his body. Recently, the iPhone maker hired Stanford University's digital health efforts chief, Sumbul Desai.

ResearchKit gains 3 new active tasks researchers can incorporate into their studies

Apple launched its open source ResearchKit framework two years ago.

At the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, the company announced some interesting updates for Research Kit version 1.5.

Researchers and app developers can now gather new types of data by taking advantage of three new “active tasks”. A new video instruction step makes it easier for apps to display rich video content to users from either a local or remote source.

“We have also updated the Tone Audiometry active task to include both a left and right button,” notes Apple. “This update will let participants not only indicate when they hear the tone but they can now also specify which ear they hear it in.”

The following new tasks are available as part of ResearchKit 1.5:

for: This test measures selective attention by asking participants to focus their attention on one stimulus and ignore another. The test displays concordant and discordant combinations of text and tint to the user who must ignore the text and instead select the button that reflects the first letter of the tint color. Trail Making: This active task measures visual attention and task switching by asking participants to connect a series of alternating labelled circles by tapping the circles on the screen in the correct sequence. Range of Motion: This test lets you measure both the flexed and extended positions for the shoulder and knee. When participants are ready with their device in the proper position they can simply tap the screen to indicate they are ready to proceed. As users complete the test, data from the accelerometer and gyroscope is recorded.

ResearchKit allows researchers and developers to create apps for medical research that use iPhone's many sensors to gather valuable data from the participants. With it, developers and researchers can incorporate visual consent flows, real-time dynamic active tasks and surveys into their apps.

ResearchKit works seamlessly with HealthKit, allowing researchers to access relevant data for their studies (with user consent), things like daily step counts, calorie use and heart rate.

How to sign up as an organ donor from the Health app on your iPhone

If you use your iPhone to keep a digital record of information about your health, known as your Medical ID, then you should also know you can use your iPhone's Health app to sign up as an organ donor.

We know this isn't for everyone, and you should seriously consider whether or not this is for you before you just go in and blindly sign up, but if you want to register as an organ donor from your iPhone then we'll show you how in this tutorial.