Health apps are booming. Do they work? Buyer Beware.
A recent article by Luisa Dilner in The Guardian spoke about the booming growth of health apps. According to the article, there are more than 1,000 new health apps released every month. We've written before about the rise in health apps and personal health tools, and how important they can be if produced by reputable organizations and used correctly. However, a lack of regulation means that it is definitely a "buyer beware" market. As Dillner states, "no app as yet can cure you of a disease. An investigation by the New England Centre for Investigative Reporting found that out of 1,500 health apps, more than one in five claimed to cure or treat medical problems." For those wondering how the APRIL software produces its face aging (or age progression) results, they are based on a statistical database of thousand of real people's faces, across five ethnic groups, male and female, from ages 7 - 70. APRIL does not photoshop images; it does not use a morphing tool; nor an artist's overlay. Only real people's faces, and thousands of them, are used to predict what any one individual may look like as they get older. This is what sets APRIL apart, and we thank all those who have used APRIL and have seen the impressive results.