Health Apps: Not All Created Equal

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By Laura Nathan-Garner, MD Anderson Staff Writer

iphone.jpgDo you use a smartphone or tablet to manage everything in your life -- even your health?

Well, you're not alone. A growing number of people are downloading health apps to help with everything from weight loss to quitting smoking.

But if you're like me, there's a good chance you don't end up using most of the health apps you download -- at least not regularly. That's not surprising, say our health technology experts.

"Many companies are in such a hurry to sell their app that they don't conduct a study to see if users will adopt real, lasting change," says Alexander Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., director of MD Anderson's e-Health Technology Program and professor in the Department of Behavioral Science.

Here's some good news, though. There are some effective health apps out there -- if you know what to look for.

Learn how to find these apps in this month's issue of Focused on Health.

You'll get our experts' tips on how to choose apps that can actually help you reach your health goals. And, you can get a head-start on better health with our list of recommended mobile and web apps.

You'll also learn how using our Cancer Risk Check online tool can help you get more out of your next doctor's appointment. Plus, you'll find out how to serve up healthier food portions with the government's new MyPlate icon and interactive tool, the Daily Food Plan.

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