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  • Health apps can do more harm than good
  • Health apps can do more harm than good
    Kurt Komoda (2009) ©

Health apps can do more harm than good

Health apps and trackers sell themselves as the gateway to a more wholesome and healthy life. But can they actually be dangerous? A new report, titled ‘Can Healthy People Benefit from Health Apps', raises questions about how apps are creating unnecessary anxiety in otherwise healthy people. 



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