11 March 2014 12:16
Having trouble losing weight? Want to quit smoking or keep tabs on your blood pressure? There's an app for that.
In fact, consumers have access to some 50,000 apps designed to help you improve or monitor your health, according to The Guardian.
Apps can monitor your fitness, your diet, your sleep or even your alcohol intake. Below are some tips on how to choose the right ones and avoid the health risks.
Know the source. Make sure your app was designed by a medical expert, not some random Joe. Also verify that the information it contains is up to date and accurate, says the Nemours Foundation.
Beware of privacy pitfalls. When tracking private medical information, you may inadvertently be giving someone else access. The information you enter isn't always kept private. When you buy an app, make sure that your information is safeguarded by the federal laws protecting patient privacy, says CBS News.
Consult your doctor. Apps can't replace competent medical care. Always consult your doctor if you have a medical problem. Looking for more information on apps or places where you can access Wi-Fi in your area? Check your Valley Yellow Pages Community Guide under Wi-Fi Hotspots & Digital Services.