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The number of health-focused mobile apps continues to climb in response to demand from consumers, particularly young people. Health care professionals are also adding to the demand by increasingly using apps as a way to encourage their patients to pursue healthier lifestyles.  

A study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics puts the number of health-oriented apps at more than 165,000. About 10 percent of the apps are linked to a device or sensor that provides the user biofeedback and physiological function data.  

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