Apple’s newly released Research application has now come up with its iPhone and Watch health studies, after results of the heart-rate project in association with Stanford emerged. This time, they are hoping that some insights about women’s health, heart, movement, and hearing.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have teamed up for this research. The aim of the study is to analyze the impact of some behaviors and habits on a large number of reproductive health matters.
It will be tracking monthly menstrual cycles and will ask for more details through monthly surveys. This will help them develop a larger understanding of PCOS, infertility, osteoporosis, and menopause. According to Apple, this is the first long-term study that is unique in its scope and scale.
Apple has partnered with Brigham and Women’s Health Hospital and the American Heart Association for this heart and movement study. This will look at all the factors affecting the heart health and potential deterioration of mobility. People are encouraged to sign up for this through the Research application and track their workouts with the Apple Watch. This will help in seeing through the potential impact and warning signs of atrial fibrillation, heart disease, and reduced mobility.
The third study they will be conducting will be a collection of headphone use and environmental sound data through the iPhone and Apple Watch Noise application. Its aim is to see how hearing is affected by these applications. Exposing oneself to these sounds can also affect cardiovascular function and stress levels. With the University of Michigan helping them out, Apple will be looking at data that will be shared with the WHO’s Make Listening Safe Again effort.
For those worried about privacy concerns, the Research app will only share your data with studies that you permit them to share with. It explains how the data will be put to use and will also give the user a unique amount of control to see how much you want to share with the researchers.
The American version of the application is now available for signing up.