Health Gadgets Not Yet Proven reports Portable Nebs
Clinics and colleges only starting to look into supposed advantages
Certainly the gadgets and gizmos can help psyche a person up for an exercise, or set real and direct goals for their workouts. Certain gizmos may even help spur individuals to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or not go for the second helping of dinner. However, there has been no scientific proof that any of the gadgets actually assist in any long-term and meaningful way.
"The durability of the effect is still in question," said Dr Eric Topol, the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. "We don't have randomized [clinical] trials showing improved outcomes or durability in influencing behavior."
Yet, if one walks through the South Hall at Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES, that person would see over 200 companies showing off their digital gadgets geared toward supposed healthy lifestyle.
The message is clear from these companies: The gadget will improve your health and your physique. However, there is no real decisive study or testing that proves the effectiveness of any of the activity trackers that monitor health and keep individuals moving toward a better lifestyle altogether.
A large portion of the devices have been developed through startups that utilize sites like Kickstarter, and simply do not have the ability to finance clinical work, according to Topol.
Some researchers are beginning to follow the wave of technology geared toward promoting health, and studies testing how the activity monitors influence individuals. But as of yet, there are few studies which show any conclusive evidence on their effectiveness.
Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco; Mayo Clinic; Massachusetts General Hospital; and Aurora Health Care are in the midst of conducting such studies to track various individuals.
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