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Melanoma Detection Apps Come Under Scrutiny


Melanoma Detection Apps Come Under Scrutiny   Mobile Apps mobile mHealth app Melanoma Federal Trade Commission This week, the Federal Trade Commission stood up to marketers deceptively claiming their mobile apps could achieve some far-fetched things.

Chief among the claims criticized is that the apps in question could possibly detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages.

“In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing to make such unsupported claims,” the FTC explained in a news release.

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Want to Avoid Bacon, or Beef, or Brussel Sprouts? There’s (Going to Be) an App for That


Want to Avoid Bacon, or Beef, or Brussel Sprouts? Theres (Going to Be) an App for That   Mobile Apps mobile applications Kickstarter Bleyd Maybe you’ve got an allergy — or just an item or two which don’t fit with your new dietary regimen. How can you find out which restaurant meals are sure to contain the ingredients you want to avoid?

Now a new and innovative mobile app is in development. Yes, there’ll soon be “an app for that,” if Bleyd, a Florida-headquartered app development firm, has anything to say about it.

The proposed app — for which fundraising is being conducted via Kickstarter — will identify which restaurant meals contain allergens.

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Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as Claimed?


Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as Claimed?   Study mobile health Mobile Apps mHealth apps Blood Pressure If you’ve ever wondered just how accurate are medical apps that track blood pressure, you’re not alone. A good number of these apps found in the world’s foremost app stores claim they can screen for hypertension by simply holding the phone or taking a picture of your arm. Either medical advances have jumped light years ahead in technology or these claims are just not accurate.

According to recent research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance, most of these apps falter in accuracy. For the study, researchers looked at 100 apps – apps that have collectively been downloaded millions of times.

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mHealth Summit 2014: USAID Goes Orange for mHealth in Africa


mHealth Summit 2014: USAID Goes Orange for mHealth in Africa   USAID The U.S. Agency for International Development Orange Mobile Apps mHealth Summit 2014 mHealth news mHealth On Thursday, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance.

At the heart of the partnership is a passion for mHealth and a desire to bring its potential to new markets.

Together, the organizations pledge to work together to develop innovations in mobile health across Africa.
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New Red Cross App Aims to Increase Donor Frequency With Retail Rewards


New Red Cross App Aims to Increase Donor Frequency With Retail Rewards   retail Mobile Apps mobile marketing blood American Red Cross While the resounding majority of blood donors are both loyal and well-intentioned, the Red Cross still struggles with a 50% no-show rate for their scheduled blood donations.

In an effort to decrease the number of no-shows, and increase the frequency of donations, the Red Cross has launched a new mobile app, the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

The Red Cross’s other mobile apps focus primarily on first aid, as well as a variety of disaster preparedness and safety tips. But the new Red Cross Blood Donor App is designed to focus solely on donations.

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Mobile Phone Program Increases Muscle Strength and Reduces Inflammation in COPD Patients


Mobile Phone Program Increases Muscle Strength and Reduces Inflammation in COPD Patients   smartphones Mobile Apps COPD A home-based, individualized endurance exercise training program at an intended walking speed controlled by a pre-set tempo of music with the assistance of a mobile phone significantly improves exercise capacity, strength of limb muscles and a decrease in inflammation markers in patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).In this pilot clinical study conducted by researchers at a tertiary medical center in Taiwan, it was reported that all 12 patients in the mobile-phone group were still exercising 4 to 6 days per week at the end of the 6 months study, while only 7 of the 14 patients in control group reported regular walking at the end of study.

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FDA Yet to Review and Approve the Vast Majority of mHealth Apps


FDA Yet to Review and Approve the Vast Majority of mHealth Apps   Mobile Apps FDA App regulation Currently there are over 100,000 mHealth apps available for immediate download. The apps range from managing general health and fitness, to monitoring and recording vitals. While mHealth apps are designed to be preventative, proactive, and even utilized for treatment and care, only 1 out of every 1,000 mHealth apps has been approved by the FDA.

This is not to say that an app lacking approval is not going to help individuals to achieve their health goals, just that their claims have not been verified. What consumers must keep in mind, is that just because an app is placed on a reputable mobile or online store such as iTunes that iTunes makes no efforts to verify the validity of mHealth apps.

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