Helps with cold care

With technology helping people get healthier through fitness and nutrition, what about something that improves health by tackling colds? A new smart thermometer hopes to do just that.

Kinsa, the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared, app-enabled thermometer hooks up to an app via your smartphone’s headphone jack and gives temperature readings in seconds. The app then tracks fever readings, symptoms and medication doses for each family member. It also offers guidance on what you should do next, whether it’s calling a doctor or taking medication.

Kinsa makes both an under-the-tongue and in-ear thermometer which range in price from $19.99 to $59.99.

“Everybody’s backside looks and is different. It’s also normal for women, especially after having children, to have skin tags, hemorrhoids, and swollen tissues that may remain swollen that maybe your friends don’t have. Everyone goes through life and pregnancy differently—there’s not a ‘normal.’ It’s about what’s normal for each individual person. That said, if you’re concerned about a change in how something looks, please tell me.” —Ashburn

“Preventative measures matter. Just like a Pap smear looks for abnormalities in the cervix, a colonoscopy looks for abnormalities in the colon and rectum. In general, most people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. If you have any significant personal or family history of colon cancer, that age may be earlier.” —Chand