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On Cancer: Memorial Sloan Kettering Unveils About Herbs Mobile Application

By Allyson Collins, MS, Science Writer/Editor  |  Thursday, October 4, 2012
Pictured: About Herbs App About Herbs App

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has debuted About Herbs, a mobile application presented by our Integrative Medicine Service. The app, compatible with iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices, gives users quick access to comprehensive information about herbs, botanicals, dietary supplements, complementary therapies, and more.

About Herbs, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s first mobile app, draws from our About Herbs webpages. Users can explore evidence-based details about more than 260 products and services in the integrative medicine arena – from purported uses and chemical structure to adverse reactions and side effects. Each listing can be viewed in two formats: one written for consumers and the other for healthcare professionals. Updates and additions are provided automatically on a weekly basis.

“About Herbs draws from the robust content available on Memorial Sloan Kettering’s website and makes it accessible on-the-go for healthcare practitioners and members of the general public alike,” explains Barrie R. Cassileth, Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service.

Additional features of the app include the ability to:

  • Search by product name, service name, or medical condition
  • Save your favorite listings
  • Browse listings without an Internet connection after the app has been downloaded
  • Share content with friends and colleagues by e-mailing the link to the information on our website

We invite you to download the Memorial Sloan Kettering About Herbs app from the App StoreSM.

Comments

When will it be available on Androids? I'd love to have this app to go with my Epocrates app.

We're hoping to have a version available later this year. Thanks for your comment!

Need it on my Blackberry soon. Pls...

Very useful app. One suggestion - make the ability to increase font size from inside app or from IOS settings. Thank you.

Thank you for your comment! This is a feature that we will put on our list for a future version of the app.

I currently recommend your website to my patients and now downloading the app to see if it is another resource that I can recommend, as a registered dietitian working in cancer care in Canada.

I am so excited to see this made into an App! Will there be an update for iOS 6 anytime soon? It would be amazing to see it on a larger screen.

We're hoping to have a version optimized for iPhone 5 available later this year. Thanks for your comment!

Android is now most-used smartphone platform worldwide - so why Apple OS-exclusive?
http://www.pcworld.com/article/260846/gartner_android_extends_smartphone_os_dominance_in_q2.html

We're hoping to have a version available later this year. Thanks for your comment!

Given global smartphone market share, an Android version of this app is a must if MSKCC is to reach the greatest number of interested consumers

I also would like the Driod Ap. I belive that there are more Droid devices in use, so am always surprised to see the I ones first

I would love this for my Droid!

Will be a fantastic resource to have at fingertips in Oncology. Bring on the android version!

Anxiously awaiting this app on Android! (Any updates?) Thank you

Thank you for your comment! We are currently testing a mobile web app version for use on Android and other devices. We hope to launch this soon.

As a medical advocate, this is a perfect tool to have, so how's that Android version coming along?

Thank you for your interest in our About Herbs app! We are currently testing a mobile web app version for use on Android and other devices. We hope to launch this soon.

The link to About Herbs on your website results in a message saying this application isn't available in the US, and at the Apple App Store, About Herbs isn't shown as an app. Is there another way to get the app for iPad?

Thank you for your interest in our About Herbs app! We are working with Apple to resolve the issue and expect the app to be available within the next 24 hours.

I receive the same message...not available in the U.S. I have an iPhone 5

Thank you for your interest in our About Herbs app! We are working with Apple to resolve the issue and expect the app to be available within the next 24 hours.

I've been searching the Apple app store and cannot find About Herbs anywhere. Is it still available?

Thank you for your interest in our About Herbs app! We are working with Apple to resolve the issue and expect the app to be available within the next 24 hours.

I read it on the news letter but I cannot find it in the App Store. Is there other way to download it?

I still am unable to find "About Herbs" in the App Store.

Hi Valerie, here is a direct link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/about-herbs/id554267162?mt=8. Thank you for your comment!

I've noticed the previous comments that the Android apps are coming soon. Do you know when that will be? -Thanks

Hi, Donna. We now have a web-based version of the About Herbs app that is
compatible with all mobile devices. You can go here for more information about the app and a link to the web version: http://www.mskcc.org/apps. Thank you for your comment.

Thank you for your prompt reply! I'm so pleased that there is an app for Android. I'm a RN and I've found it hard to find good, reliable resources. This site is wonderful and I will be using often. Thanks again.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

Dear John, thanks very much for your question. Unfortunately, we cannot answer personal medical questions on our blog. If you'd like to speak to a doctor at Memorial Sloan Kettering, you can call for an appointment at 800-525-2225 during regular business hours. Or you can find out more here: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/appointment.

If you'd like to learn more about our approach to treating bladder cancer, please click this link: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/adult/bladder/diagnosis-treatment-msk.
Thank you so much for reaching out.

I have a android. Where's the app for us? We out number apple user's and some of us have cancer too!!!!

We now have a web-based version of the About Herbs app that is compatible with all mobile devices. You can go here for more information about the app and a link to the web version: http://www.mskcc.org/apps.

Thank you for your comment.

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