Weeks 5 and 6 Reflection-Astrid Guity

Week 5

For this weeks, the article that I will be reviewing is “White House Details Precision Medicine Initiative” by Kimberly Leonard. Thousand of medical techniques have help to save millions of people throughout the world. However, we also know that some treatment are not effective for  some people immune system. So, former President Obama suggestion of applying “precision medicine” into health care, could be a successful strategy to treat patients in a more effective way. This type of strategy would allow Doctors to provide unique treatment to their patients because they will be able to know how likely an individual is to get a particular diseases or conditions. I think this technique is a great way to improves public health. Patients spend a lot of money in treatments that does not guarantee their cure. Also, health care provider will have a better understand of some diseases.  This is the original article: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/30/white-house-details-precision-medicine-initiative.  For more details information about precision medicine:https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/precision-medicine

Week 6

This weeks article that I especially found interesting was “Health Behavior Theory in Diet Apps” by Josh West. This article basically talks about the massive growth that Health & Fitness apps had have in the past few years. Thousand of people relay in these fitness apps to accomplish their goals. However, West found out that health and weight loss apps contain insufficient evidence-informed content. He say that the description box of every apps is what make the users to download the apps and it is possible that the description itself might not provided enough information about the app function. This could explain why many users are unsatisfied after they download an apps and it is not what they expected to be. West concluded that there can be an opportunity for health behavior change experts to partner with app developers to help change their user behavior. In the article “Designing effective health apps” by Daniel pendick, I read that very soon many health apps will included personalizes motivation and offer many options base on the individual preferences .If you want to know more about the next generation of health apps  you can go to:http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-app-help-lose-weight-201411207537


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