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If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The Feds Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets

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Posted in Medicine on 27th Nov, 2013 02:29 AM by AlexMuller

I wore a calorie counter armband from BodyMedia that told me I was burning over 3,000 calories a day. If that were true, I would be emaciated enough to play Gollum in the next Lord Of The Rings sequel.

 
The accuracy of consumer health gadgets varies widely across the spectrum, yet this hasn't stopped the FDA from suspending popular genetic testing company 23andMe over concerns about the quality of their diagnostics. 23andMe may be at fault, but so is a large part of the entire health tech industry.
 
The FDA is scared that 23andMe could cause a stampede of unnecessary and invasive medical procedures from consumers who get false readings on life-threatening abnormalities. Specifically, women who test positive for a gene associated with onset breast cancer, BRCA1, have been known to demand mastectomies against doctors' advice, even though “false positives” are quite common.
 
23andMe advises their consumers to follow up breast cancer concerns with more accurate diagnostics, but the FDA is rightly worried it could trigger neuroticism that won't be quelled by more sensitive tests.
 
We can debate whether 23andMe is at fault, but if they are, so is the massively expanding industry of wrist pedometers, scales, blood tests and sleep trackers. Trust me, dieting information causes irrationality every bit as much as genetic abnormalities.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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It was always considered that self diagnosis could be very harmful. While all these self test and monitor devices could be useful - action should not be taken without doctors advice
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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For now, the applications of personal health data are mostly the stuff of hobbyists and experimental research. They have to be integrated into health care properly.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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Could be saving lot of funds to healthcare and improve people's lives- needs some more development Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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First someone has to take responsibility that all gadgets are accurate - doctors always take responsibility for their equipment Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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This is becoming mainstream. There are more technologies than ever for collecting and analyzing personal health data. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-27
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Regardless of the problems and accuracy for some devices, this type of wearable technology has been developing for some time now and it is good to see that it is reaching markets Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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Learning a ton from these neat arclsiet. Reply


 

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