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Health Union has launched the Migraine Meter, a free mobile app to help patients manage and monitor their migraines.
According to officials of the Philadelphia-based company, the app features the latest migraine news, patient tips and expert opinions from Migraine.com – which Health Union launched in March 20111 – and an interactive journal with extensive data storage capabilities. It’s available for download on iPhone and Android smartphones.
The interactive migraine journal in the app is designed to allow patients to track their migraine history, which can then be reviewed by a physician. Migraine sufferers can record the time, date, severity, impact to their daily life, treatments and triggers. Prior entries can be edited at any time, and there is no limit to the amount of data that can be stored for free.
The Migraine Meter data is stored securely and can also be accessed via Migraine.com. Data entered on the app is instantaneously visible on the website, and vice versa, and summary reports can be generated from either the website or the app, according to company officials.
“Keeping an accurate diary of migraine episodes is an important part of managing migraine disease,” said Susan Hutchinson, MD, of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, Calif., a member of an expert panel of contributors and a regular blogger for Migraine.com, in a press release supplied by Health Union. “Tracking a patient's history can help me identify potential patterns and migraine triggers to develop a more comprehensive treatment program. I recommend that all my patients keep an accurate journal.”
According to U.S. Census Data, an estimated 37 million Americans are affected by migraines, for which there is no fully understood cause or cure. Migraines rank in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses. Every 10 seconds someone visits the emergency room complaining of a headache or migraine, and American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost workdays due to migraines, the Migraine Research Foundation estimates.
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