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Fitness information from wearable devices can reveal when the body is fighting an infection. Nico De Pasquale Photography/Stone via Getty Images

Wearable fitness devices deliver early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

Fitness information like resting heart rate collected by wearable devices can't diagnose diseases, but it can signal when something is wrong. That can be enough to prompt a COVID-19 test.
Jeff Williams, chief operating officer of Apple, talks about the Apple Watch 4 and its ability to detect irregularities in heartbeat on Sept. 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

Why health apps are like the Wild West, with Apple just riding into town

As health care grows more digital, an array of health apps promise to track steps, count heartbeats and look at moles. But without more FDA oversight, could we be shooting ourselves in the foot?
Industry representatives wear fitness trackers at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014 in Las Vegas. Health and fitness information is being increasingly shared with insurance companies. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Why life insurance companies want your Fitbit data

Insurer John Hancock now requires customers to use activity trackers for life insurance policies. Here's how that will put life insurance and even mortgages out of reach for many people.
Sales of Apple smartwatches are increasing, while Fitbit sales are on the decline. By Crew [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The social factors that influence whether you’ll use your wearable device

Research shows that people's social networks, employment conditions and life stages all impact their use of wearable devices. Understanding these factors can help you achieve your fitness goals.

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