Apple announces three key health studies in United States

University of Michigan teams up with Apple for research on hearing health

Apple ($NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced the world to its Research app on Tuesday, which allows Apple Watch and iPhone users to share personal health data with major organizations.

With the Research app, the updated health app for iOS 13 and Watch OS6, expect more to come from Apple in the next few years. These studies will be available on Apple's Research app.

You can download "Research" in the app store to participate in Apple's studies.

"With the Apple Heart Study, we found that we could positively impact medical research in ways that help patients today and that make contributions that will benefit future generations", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer.

The new studies include the long-term Apple Women's Health Study, conducted alongside the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It will track participants' menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions to help build a digital tool that assesses a person's risk of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility and osteoporosis as well as pregnancy and transitions to menopause.

It will specifically investigate how mobility signals like walking pace or flights of stairs climb relate to falls, hospitalizations, heart health, and quality of life.

This will be an important opportunity for Apple to make strides in health across the map, whether it's for women, those suffering from heart disease, or hearing issues.

Also, Apple is partnering with the University of MI on what is being called the "first-of-its-kind" study to collect data to understand how everyday sound exposure can affect hearing, which will be shared with a World Health Organization initiative to promote safe listening practices. "This study, unprecedented in scope, will greatly advance our understanding of the biological and social determinants of women's health and lead to better health outcomes".

What's more, Apple wants its customers, i.e. people who wear Apple Watches, to be the study's participants.

The announcements to continue with Apple's expansion into health space, with initiatives ranging from medical studies to medical applications and hardware.

The Apple Watch received FDA clearance a year ago for its electrocardiogram feature, officially classifying it as a medical device capable of alerting its user to abnormal heart rhythms.

"The information gleaned from this partnership will be critical for us to address the public health impact of various noise exposures on hearing loss in the United States", DuBois Bowman, dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health said. The preliminary results of the virtual Apple Heart Study - which enrolled more than 400,000 participants - found that the wearable could be used to detect irregular heart rhythms that could be a sign of the much more serious condition: atrial fibrillation.



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