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10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
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Laurianne
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7/31/2014 | 2:28:59 PM
Patient, beware
Think about where that healthcare app comes from before you buy it. Some apps may be no better than Internet myths -- and may even use Internet myths to their advantage.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/31/2014 | 2:50:47 PM
Re: Patient, beware
I also wonder how different some of these are, really, from someone who writes a book about their miracle diet, the results of which may be scientifically debatable. No way the FDA could review all of those to make sure they work. Ditto for all the books about how to get pregnant (parallel to the app in that category) or raise healthy kids, which are all getting electronic equivalents.

An app that tells you your mole is just a mole, when really it's cancer - yes, I'd agree that's in a different category and worthy of regulatory oversight.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/31/2014 | 3:18:33 PM
Digital snake oil
Wow - some of these apps are really shocking. I can't believe they exist AND people buy them. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/31/2014 | 3:59:48 PM
Re: Patient, beware
There are many apps that really are just books-on-an-app. While researching this (and other app stories), I'm amazed at how many apps are listings of information culled from publicly available resources such as government guides, Wikipedia, etc. Many are free; some actually cost money. Of course, there's no telling whether the free ones have ads, contain malware, or hit you up somewhere within for money. In some cases, the worst thing you could be doing is wasting time. In others, though, the results could be painful.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/31/2014 | 4:00:42 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
I almost GOT a migraine looking at one of the "migraine cure" apps. It used bright color screens -- just what you don't need when you have a pounding headache! Not sure where any of the "science" behind some of these programs comes from!
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 4:48:19 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
If there's any science involved, I expect it's associated with user acquisition, retention, downloads, and revenue.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/31/2014 | 6:20:28 PM
Wired also covering worrisome digital apps
Wired has a similar story: These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried. One interesting example is a blood pressure app claiming to use "a patent-pending process developed by a team from the Johns Hopkins University" -- except the university says it has no connection to the app and is sending its creators a cease and desist latter.
tekedge
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7/31/2014 | 10:09:04 PM
10 health apps that can make u sick
It is a good example of tehnology cannot replace humans completely. it will always need our intelligence to monitor its validity
Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/31/2014 | 10:18:35 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
I'm willing to bet it's the reasoning of a dollar in many cases.
Jeff Jerome
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7/31/2014 | 11:30:04 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
Michelle it is amazing what people will spend money on.  Now if it was free there might be more accountability but since they opt to buy it then the rules are lsightly different.
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