WebMD for Android is probably the best health app around

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 29, 2013
Apps, Google Android

Finding out why your body behaves in a certain way in a situation, or what to do when someone else requires medical attention or first aid, is often not an easy task, provided that you are not a doctor or knowledgeable when it comes to that.

Having an app at hand can save valuable time, as it may provide you with the means to look up information that you require at that point in time.

It all comes down on the other hand on what the app has to offer, and how easy it is to find and go through the information it makes available.

In the case of WebMD for Android, it is excellent both in terms of usability but also in terms of what the application has to offer.

WebMD for Android

The application displays six entry points on start.

  1. Symptom Checker displays a human body which you can use to point at the location that you want information about. You can alternatively switch to list mode here if you prefer that. If you pick chest for instance, the list of symptoms includes difficulty breathing, bruising or discoloration, or food getting stuck.
  2. Conditions offers a huge list of conditions that you may want to retrieve information about. From asthma over breast cancer to mumps and menopause.
  3. Drugs & Treatment displays information about drugs that you may need to take, or consider taking. Uses, side-effects, precautions, interactions and overdose information are displayed for each drug. You can search by name, or by shape, color or imprint which can be useful if you only have the pill available and want to find out more about it.
  4. First Aid information displays a large selection of first aid topics to you. You can access the top list, an A-Z list, or use the search to find topics that you want to look up. As far as topics are concerned, they range from Allergic Reactions over Fainting to choking and bruises.
  5. Local Health Listings enables you to search for physicians, pharmacies and hospitals. This includes a map view and directions based on your current location or primary address. Note that this appears to be US-only at the time of writing.

The information that the app makes available are detailed. Depending on what you look up, you may get an overview article at first -- that includes links to related topics -- as well as information about symptoms and additional articles that cover the subject.

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Another interesting feature becomes available after you sign up for a free account. Once you have done so and signed in to the app, you can save personal topics of interests so that you can access them faster.

This includes drugs and treatments that apply to you or others, information about conditions or first aid information.

As far as first aid information are concerned, they do always begin with information when to call 911, before information about treatments, prevention and monitoring are displayed.

You can add a pin to the app to protect its information from being accessed by others that may get hold of your mobile phone or tablet.

Closing Words

WebMD for Android is most suitable for people living in the US, and to a lesser degree, to users from other English speaking countries and English speakers.

The information that it makes available are detailed and useful, and can help in many situations. From parents who need to find out what is wrong with a child to situations where you are the first responder to a medical emergency.

The option to save personal favorites in the app is excellent, as you can use the feature to quickly open topics of interest without having to use the search or navigate the app.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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