Mount Sinai launches app for personalized wellness guidance

New York City-based Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine unveiled an iPhone app on Nov. 4 offering precision wellness tracking, essentially enabling patients to perform their own "n-of-1" studies to monitor their reactions to wellness treatments.

The aptly named N1 app guides users through studies to track their reactions to various wellness activities and treatments. The first experiment available in the app will help users determine whether coffee or green tea gives them a better "brain boost" by analyzing scores on a series of brain teasers assessing creative thinking, processing speed and visual attention.

Users will receive individualized results of this and other studies, providing insights into how effective certain treatments are for their personal health. Additionally, Mount Sinai researchers will have access to deidentified data from the app to conduct their own research.

Future N1 studies may integrate data from users' wearable devices and other smartphone apps, and will address common issues such as sleep problems and chronic pain. Eventually, uses will be able to design their own wellness-related n-of-1 studies within the app.

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