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Facebook launch Preventative Health app

Facebook hope their new Preventative Health app will save lives.

The social media giant want to encourage people to get regular health tests done to ensure that if anything was wrong, it could be discovered and treated quicker.

Cardiologist Dr Freddy Abnousi, the head of Facebook's health care research department, said: "As a clinician, I'm keenly aware that health care is different, and health information is different, and that we have to treat it differently, and we have. The goal here is simply to save lives ... My hope is that if this was around then, he would pull it up on his phone and though he's too proud to talk to me about ... he would be able to understand it on his own and realise that it's important enough for him to engage in it."

The aim of the Preventive Health tool is to "connect people to health resources and checkup reminders".

They wrote on their website: "Tens of millions of people in the US are missing out on recommended preventive care, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. These checkups have the potential to detect disease early when it's most treatable and, in some cases, prevent it from developing. Yet factors such as awareness, access and cost create barriers to testing for many people. To help, we're working with US health organisations to offer a new Preventive Health tool that connects people to health resources and checkup reminders. This tool is available in the US on the Facebook mobile app ... The checkups recommended in this tool are based on guidelines from the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We're starting with health checkups related to heart disease, cancer and flu. What's listed in Preventive Health is not an exhaustive list, and what is right for you may vary based on your family history and risk factors. Talk to a health care provider to discuss your individual needs."

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