eNews Pulse, February 2013
Initiative to Help Eliminate Needle Phobia launched by Healthline Networks at www.BigShotsGetShots.com. It’s estimated that 50 million Americans are afraid of shots, a fear that usually starts at age 4 or 5 with a traumatic immunization experience. Since distraction appears to help ease a shot’s pain, the campaign to end needle phobia includes a free iPhone app for parents to divert their children’s attention from a shot.
Stop Smoking App Offered by Covenant Health and Will Rogers Institute. After the user completes a short questionnaire, the free app generates a realistic quit date, helps the user track how many cigarettes are smoked each day (as well as the cost), and records the obstacles that prevent someone from kicking the habit. Covenant Health is a health system based in Knoxville, TN, and the Will Rogers Institute is a humanitarian nonprofit. Go to www.covenanthealth.com/stopsmoking.