Apple Launches Three New Health Studies for US Users
About two years ago, Apple launched its first health study application, the Apple Heart Study An initiative created in partnership with Stanford University that, throughout its course, analyzed the cardiac activity of more than 400,000 Apple Watches users to conduct large-scale research into the effects, causes and possible treatments of atrial fibrillation. (A type of cardiac arrhythmia that may be the predictor of more serious problems, such as a stroke).
The results of the study were released preliminarily last March, and the full article was published yesterday in New England Journal of Medicine. Now Apple is further expanding its health initiative.
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Ma launched today, for its users in the United States, the application Research (iOS and watchOS). The idea is to gather in one app all future health studies conducted by the company in partnership with institutions; Already in this initial period, three new studies are being opened.
The first one Women's Health Study, which will be done in partnership with Harvard School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The research, which is the first of its kind on this scale, is to analyze the menstrual cycle of volunteers to try to find correlations between it and women's health, including conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility and osteoporosis, and the period of menopause.
The second one Cardiac Movement Study, which looks at how the quantity and quality of a person's movements during a lifetime can influence their heart health, overall mobility, and well-being. The research will be conducted in partnership with the American Heart Association and Harvard University's Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Finally, we have the Audio Study, carried out in partnership with the University of Michigan and the World Health Organization (WHO). The idea is to analyze the impact of using headphones and ambient sounds on users' hearing health, and one of the main points of the research is to send notifications when loud sounds are reproduced. Scientists want to find out if these initiatives will be enough to encourage users to modify their sound habits.
IPhone owners and Apple Watches in the US can apply for studies right now by downloading the Research app; The app, like all Apple health initiatives, does not share its data with anyone other than the institutions involved in the research.
Very cool, isn't it? Let's wait for the results of the initiatives.
via Cult of Mac
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