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10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick

As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
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Pain relief 
Suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain? Several developers claim their apps help allay these conditions, much to the concern of some medical professionals. 'Pain apps appear to be able to promise pain relief without any concern for the effectiveness of the product, or for possible adverse effects of product use. In a population often desperate for a solution to distressing and debilitating pain conditions, there is considerable risk of individuals being misled,' according to researchers at the Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath, England.
Today, consumers can choose apps like Pain Killer 2.0, which claims: 'If you have chronic pain or ANY pain -- you need this. Put your headphones on and tap Start. Your pain melts away in minutes. It's that easy.' Or they could select Pain Relief 2.0, PainKill Free WellWave, which has 'beneficial sounds for pain relieving,' or Headache Rife, which uses color and sound to target headache pain.

(Source: PainKiller 2.0)

Pain relief

Suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain? Several developers claim their apps help allay these conditions, much to the concern of some medical professionals. "Pain apps appear to be able to promise pain relief without any concern for the effectiveness of the product, or for possible adverse effects of product use. In a population often desperate for a solution to distressing and debilitating pain conditions, there is considerable risk of individuals being misled," according to researchers at the Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath, England.

Today, consumers can choose apps like Pain Killer 2.0, which claims: "If you have chronic pain or ANY pain -- you need this. Put your headphones on and tap Start. Your pain melts away in minutes. It's that easy." Or they could select Pain Relief 2.0, PainKill Free WellWave, which has "beneficial sounds for pain relieving," or Headache Rife, which uses color and sound to target headache pain.

(Source: PainKiller 2.0)

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tzubair
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9/27/2014 | 8:59:35 PM
An app for phobics.
Is the relation to diet of your baby's gender not already a concept too obselete to be marketed? Of all these health apps, I once installed a blood pressure tracker app on my iphone which was as useless as anything which claims to measures your blood pressure without a cuff and detection of your arterial pulsations would be. Yet I rather side with the concept of apps to counter phobia. I think since phobias are not potentially life threatening, a person can experiment on his own to push higher his fear threshold without seeking professional help. I know people who overcome rational fears by just jumping straight into the heart of the matter and those who need gradual desensitization (which by the way is a psychological therapy itself) so i see no harm in an app doing that for a person who decides to use that option
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 12:38:07 PM
Re: Wired also covering worrisome digital apps
I don't know the answer to that valid question, although you'd imagine iOS has less questionable apps because of the closed system and vetting process. That said, some of the apps included here are available on iOS. And Apple's not got a totally clean record in its past ability to vet apps.
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 12:36:53 PM
Re: 10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
And who knows what the no longer operating app developer did/does with users' data, either? I mean, if you're downloading an app that supposedly cures XYZ, it's probable you or a loved one have XYZ -- and that may not be information you'd like floating in the ether.
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 12:35:34 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
Exactly! As i said before, the format has changed -- we generally don't have literal snake oil sales people driving into the village square -- but this type of misleading medical information has been around for a long time. Just because it's available on an app doesn't mean it's legit, tested, or valid.
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8/5/2014 | 4:08:14 PM
Re: 10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
do you know that bizSAFE is a five-step programme to assist companies build up their WSH capabilities in order to achieve quantum improvements in safety and health standards at the workplace. Companies are guided through a journey, starting from top management demonstrating their commitment towards WSH, to acquiring risk management capabilities and implementing a WSH Management System. In the process, participating companies gain recognition and benefits of having a comprehensive WSH system in place.
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8/2/2014 | 6:56:13 AM
Re: 10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Somehow it's a kind of disaster. These so-call health-apps are actually rather harmful. We can take them out of the shelf and appstore. But what to do with the ones installed already on user's phone? Is there anyway we can revoke them? Many of these apps still giving end user mis-guidance.
Thomas Claburn
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8/1/2014 | 7:49:22 PM
Re: Wired also covering worrisome digital apps
Is Apple doing better at keeping these apps out of its store compared to Google?
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8/1/2014 | 4:35:34 PM
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Unbelievable that these people can prey on vulnerable individuals. What I find even more shocking, that once these business's go under and are deemed unsafe, the consumer can still use it since the app is downloaded on their phone.
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8/1/2014 | 4:35:34 PM
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Unbelievable that these people can prey on vulnerable individuals. What I find even more shocking, that once these business's go under and are deemed unsafe, the consumer can still use it since the app is downloaded on their phone.
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8/1/2014 | 10:27:54 AM
Re: Digital snake oil
I am not surprised that they exist or that people buy them but it is always shocking to see how many people are willing to scam others for a few dollars; and how many people continue to believe this type of nonsense.
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