The challenge for health apps to prove their worth

Health apps are coming onto the market at an incredible pace, but the jury largely remains out as to their effectiveness in improving our health.  For instance, a study conducted last year found that there were promising early results in areas such as weight loss and smoking cessation, but less evidence to suggest that wearable devices had a noticeable and long-term impact on physical activity levels.

There was also little real evidence to suggest that the devices were effective in controlling diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

Devising the right experiments

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