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Assessment of Web-Based Consumer Reviews as a Resource for Drug Performance
by Swarnaseetha Adusumalli, HueyTyng Lee, Qiangze Hoi, Si-Lin Koo, Iain Beehuat Tan, Pauline Crystal Ng
(Published on 28 Aug 2015)
Background: Some health websites provide a public forum for consumers to post ratings and reviews on drugs. Drug reviews are easily accessible and comprehensible, unlike clinical trials and published literature. Because the public increasingly uses the Internet as a source of medical information, it is important to know whether such information is reliable. Objective: We aim to examine whether Web-based consumer drug ratings and reviews can be used as a resource to compare drug performance. Methods: We analyzed 103,411 consumer-generated reviews on 615 drugs used to treat 249 disease conditions from the health website WebMD. Statistical analysis identified 427 drug pairs from 24 conditions for which two drugs treating the same condition had significantly and substantially different...
Apps for IMproving FITness and Increasing Physical Activity Among Young People: The AIMFIT Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial
by Artur Direito, Yannan Jiang, Robyn Whittaker, Ralph Maddison
(Published on 27 Aug 2015)
Background: Given the global prevalence of insufficient physical activity (PA), effective interventions that attenuate age-related decline in PA levels are needed. Mobile phone interventions that positively affect health (mHealth) show promise; however, their impact on PA levels and fitness in young people is unclear and little is known about what makes a good mHealth app. Objective: The aim was to determine the effects of two commercially available smartphone apps (Zombies, Run and Get Running) on cardiorespiratory fitness and PA levels in insufficiently active healthy young people. A second aim was to identify the features of the app design that may contribute to improved fitness and PA levels. Methods: Apps for IMproving FITness (AIMFIT) was a 3-arm, parallel, randomized controlled...

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