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TODAY   |  August 29, 2013

Medical apps, sites to keep your family healthy

Nothing can replace your doctor, but there are some great medical apps and websites to help keep your family healthy. Dr. Keri Peterson and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong share some of the best ones.

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>>> have you ever needed a doctor when you're on vacation? or you need a place to keep track of your child's visits to the pediatrician?

>> well, there are some great medical apps and websites that can come in handy to keep your family healthy. mario armstrong is digital life expert. let's get right to it. zot dot.

>> great place if you want to find a doctor or dentist anywhere. i'm going to show you how this works. put in your specialty, what you're looking for. maybe pediatrician. hit find doctors.

>> you have to do it like this?

>> you have to do yoga.

>> have to get that to kind of swing back around. so yeah. but this will be able to show you all of the -- wow. that's really kind of weird that it's doing that. it will be able to show you all of the different doctors that are available for you.

>> is it a good traveling?

>> it's phenomenal for when you're new to the area or your child is sick in the middle of the night and you want to try to get them into the pediatrician the next day because it's available 24/7. if you're on vacation it's available in 1,800 cities. you don't know any doctors in the area. type in a zip code and find a physician locally.

>> also -- this next one. is it the web m.d. baby? that's the one for keeping track.

>> this keeps track of -- yes. you can keep a journal for your ba baby. you can also just find information about your baby. maybe you're looking for things about feeding and nutrition or growth and development. whatever it is you're looking for there are all types of articles and information based in there. you can keep track of your child's growth as well.

>> also i've been going, when i take my daughter to the pediatrician they'll go when was your last something. i'm like, i don't remember all the shots she's gotten. or we have different doctors in different cities.

>> you're so busy. it's hard to keep track of everything. this keeps track of all the schedules. pooping schedule, eating schedule, growth charts , medical records .

>> i'd like to use this for myself.

>> i need my poop schedule.

>> not even going to touch that. okay. for folks who suffer from migraines, mario , which a lot of people do.

>> a lot of people get headaches all the time. migraine triggers. this is a great app that you basically plug in here exactly when you went through a migraine, what you experienced, maybe what you ate that day. you go in and you basically log in, yes, i had a headache. how long was it? was it mild, severe, moderate? where was it? it assesses that information for you.

>> carrie, you're our spokesperson for excedrin migraine.

>> when a patient comes to my office and you try to ask them, they're not going to remember. that's why this is so useful. you figure out what conditions, activities, foods trigger your migraine. it creates a chart and a graph that you can e-mail to me, your doctor, ahead of time.

>> quickly this next one, drugs.com. encyclopedia for prescription drugs , mario ?

>> encyclopedia for all of that. also pill identifiers and interactions checker. if you're taking different medications.

>> don't they have different names also for -- you'll get one prescription for one. it'll come on the bottle as a completely different name. like a generic.

>> like a generic. yeah. if you just see the pill. look at the image of the actual pill and identify what that pill is as well.

>> carrie peterson, mario armstrong, thank you so much.