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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

Questioning the value of health apps, whether you actually know what's in your food and how over-parenting may actually make your children less active.

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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

Questioning the value of health apps, whether you actually know what's in your food and how over-parenting may actually make your children less active.

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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

Per the New York Times: "Apple’s television commercials for the iPhone 5 portrayed the device as not just a smartphone, but a health and fitness tool. And indeed, iPhones, Androids and now even the Apple Watch provide countless applications to help with motivation and organization. But a subset of these apps go further, purporting to function as medical devices — to track blood pressure, treat acne, even test urine samples. Amid a proliferation of such apps, physicians and federal regulators are sounding an alarm, saying that programs claiming to diagnose or treat medical conditions may be unreliable and even dangerous." For the full story, click here.

Too Much Parenting, Not Enough Exercise

Per the Wall Street Journal: "Hyper-parenting may increase the risk of physical inactivity in children, a study in the April issue of Preventive Medicine suggests. Children with parents who tended to be overly involved in their academic, athletic and social lives—a child-rearing style known as hyper-parenting—spent less time outdoors, played fewer after-school sports and were less likely to bike or walk to school, friends’ homes, parks and playgrounds than children with less-involved parents." For the full story, click here.

Do You Know The Food You’re Eating…or The Food You Think You’re Eating?

Per Science Daily: "Detailed information about the chemical composition of food products will be readily available to producers, retailers and consumers, thanks to new research. For example, it will be possible to know for certain whether gelatine – used in a huge variety of foods – has originated from pork or beef, while cheese makers will be able to gauge scientifically when their products have reached maturity." For the full story, click here.

Physicians Want to Learn More About Diet, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Per Science Daily: "Most physicians are aware of the importance of lifestyle factors in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) — and believe diet is as important as statin therapy and exercise, according to a new survey." For the full story, click here.

Forget Streaming, Aging Boomers Still Want Their Fitness DVDs

Per Reuters: "Despite the ubiquity of online fitness offerings from Pilates videos on YouTube to indoor-cycling smartphone apps, fitness experts say aging boomers reluctant to go with the streaming flow want their home exercise in a DVD format." For the full story, click here.