Katie Nix

eople struggling to take their medications as their physicians prescribed might find a smartphone app is just what the doctor ordered.

National studies estimate that nearly three out of four people don’t take their medicines as directed.

Common reasons can include forgetfulness, fear of side effects, trouble taking the medications (particularly with injections or inhalers) and inability to pay.

According to a report this month by the Associated Press, there are several free smartphone apps available to aid patients in taking their medication as prescribed and some include special features.

Here are a few of the options:

• MedCoach: includes feature to connect to a pharmacy to order refills.

• RxmindME: offers the ability to easily export prescription information.

• Pill Monitor: allows the ability to email a log of prescriptions taken.

• Care4Today: includes options to monitor the medication use of loved ones and to donate to a charity each day all medications are taken on time.

• Med Helper: allows for the ability to export results to doctors, nurses and caregivers.

• Pill reminder: enables users to set up accounts for multiple family members.

• Medisafe: support Spanish, French, German, Russian and Danish languages as well as English.

• Snoozester.com: sends automated calls or texts to cellphone or land line for free.

• VSReminder, at vinade.com: sends free text or email reminders for medication use and events.

Health-care careers

The Aultman Medical Education Department will be hosting a Summer Symposium for recent high school graduates and college students from 9:30 to 4 p.m. on June 19-20.

The free event will take place in the Aultman Education Center.

Activities will include a panel discussion with students in health professions; a health-care career fair featuring dozens of Aultman services and departments; and presentations including skills for health-care students and the business of health care.

Presenters will include doctors, nurses and Aultman administrators.

To register for the symposium go online to www.aultman.org and click on the “2014 Careers in Health Care Summer Program” link under the Education tab on the home page.

For information, call 330-363-4306 or email pfranzen@aultman.com.

Video contest

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council is sponsoring a nationwide video contest called “Play It Safe” that highlights the effects of sports concussions.

The minute-long video contest is open to people ages 13 to 22 until May 30.

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and entries submitted at http://www.iom.edu/playitsafe.

One winner and two runners-up will be announced June 12 in each of the three categories: grades sixth through eighth, grades nine through 12 and post-high school through age 22.

The winner in each category will receive a $300 gift card and have his or her video featured on the Institute of Medicine website. All runners-up will receive a certificate of achievement.

Suggested topics include how young people can change a sports culture in which athletes can feel pressured to “play through the pain,” and how they can help their teammates, coaches and parents pay more attention to the signs and symptoms of concussions.

Free presentation

Akron General’s Neuroscience Institute will host a free presentation on stroke awareness from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Akron General’s Health and Wellness Center-West, 4125 Medina Road, Bath Township.

A panel of physicians will speak on stroke treatment and prevention followed by a question and answer period.

WKYC-TV health correspondent Monica Robins will appear.

The event is free but registration is requested by calling 330-344-3100.

Katie Nix may be reached at knix@thebeaconjournal.com