Health App Figure 1 Hosts Gross Pics for Science

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Figure 1 on iTunes
Better press pause on that breakfast burrito because this post is not for the faint of stomach.

A free photo app has recently become available on iTunes and its creators aim to revolutionize the medical community -- as well as the community of hypochondriacs and those with a morbid fascination with cysts.

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Figure 1 is an iPhone app developed by Moveable Science, Inc. that allows users to upload, share, and even comment on the medical ailments of anonymous patients. From widespread staph infections and venereal diseases to ruptured organs and broken bones, it's basically what Gizmodo calls, "Instagram for Doctors."

Of course these images -- while accessible by everyone, including those who are not healthcare professionals -- are not intended to disturb or dishearten its users, but rather to keep them informed. Presented as a "crowdsourced medical image library," Figure 1 offers photos and commentary behind real, rare, and/or unidentifiable cases.

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