By Dr. Brian McDonough
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many medical journals are concerned about social media as well as apps that people are using to improve their health. Both the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have taken a serious look at whether apps are safe, effective, and whether they can benefit people.READ MORE: As Philadelphia Returns To Normal, Small Businesses Have Simple Message: They're Still Hurting
Arguments against apps are that people can become hypochondriacs – over concerned about certain issues. And they may not have evidence based medicine helping them.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
Arguments in favor are it’s information that can be used for someone to take control of their own health and make positive changes.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Calls On Lawmakers To Pass Fairness Act, Preventing Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation, Gender
A final key point remains. Who is regulating the approval of these apps and how are they being monitored?