Smart phone applications are intended to aid and assist us in our various needs. But when it comes to our health, they are not experts that can provide the right solutions to our medical problems. However, some users rely more on these apps rather than consult an expert or a physician. Worse, there are a number of apps that are not found to be effective at all.
These applications not only provide misleading information or an artificial feeling of security, but they also come with a price as some of them are downloadable for a cost. Both government and private sector are now looking into the matter to curb this setback and establish a form of certification to protect users.
1. Acne Pwner
Another similar application that came under scrutiny with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is Acne Pwner. It also claimed remedy to acne problems with the use of smart phone light. To be exact, its ads stated that it can kill acne through the application which was not substantiated or proven.
2. Ringing Relief Pro
This one plays a sound in low frequency to cure tinnitus. An audiologist conversely declared that there is no cure for tinnitus.
3. Breast Augmentation
This app takes on the premise that lactating mothers develop larger breasts. But the app capitalizes on subliminal messaging to the brain by asking users to listen at least 20 times daily to the sound of baby crying. It claims that this will enable women, lactating or not, to develop bigger breasts. No scientific evidence can back up this claim.
AcneApp has long been removed from the online market. It claimed that with the use of light from smart phone, it can treat skin conditions like stretch marks or acne. The application may have referred to a British Journal of Dermatology study on the use of blue and red light on skin. On the other hand, it also claimed that the app is a phone-based clinical trial of the Baylor College of Medicine, although Baylor denied the connection.
Through the use of various algorithms, this app can help determine the sex of a future baby. Although the creators have a disclaimer that other factors may influence a forthcoming baby’s gender, experts say that the basis of the algorithms is a mere myth.