THE Apple began conducting on Thursday (14) three new health studies in partnership with institutions in the United States. The data will be collected from the Apple Watch of users who decide to participate in the research, focusing on noise pollution, cardiovascular health and menstrual cycles, only among the American public.
The Apple Watch had previously been used in Stanford University research: the Apple Heart Study it was the largest of its kind, with 419,297 volunteers. The study showed that 0.5% of participants received a notification of irregular beats, that 84% of them actually had atrial fibrillation at the moment (a type of cardiac arrhythmia) and that therefore, a smatwatch can help people detect a condition that has no symptoms visible.
This time, the studies will be conducted through the application Research, released to owners of Apple Watch Series 1 or higher in the United States. Whoever wants to participate will have their data shared with partner institutions and universities. Apple says that personal information is not sold, and that users can stop sending their data at any time.
O Apple Women’s Health Study wants to better understand menstrual cycles and women’s health. In partnership with Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the long-term study will collect data from the Apple Watch and iPhone, in addition to applying monthly questionnaires to research polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis and transition to menopause.
There is also the Apple Heart and Movement Study, conducted jointly with Harvard Medical School and the American Heart Association, which will measure the quality and quantity of people’s movements to verify the relationship with the current and future health status. With the exercises recorded on the Apple Watch, it will be possible to study the factors that affect heart health and possible deteriorations in the mobility and well-being of users.
The Apple Hearing Study it will collect both the level of noise pollution from the environment and the data on the use of headphones to find out how they impact the stress and cardiovascular health of volunteers. Participants will be randomly divided into two groups, one of which will receive notifications when loud sounds are detected, inviting them to change their habits. The data will be sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) and University of Michigan.
The application Research it is necessary to participate in the studies. Volunteers can choose the surveys they want to contribute and need to have an Apple Watch Series 1 or newer to have the data collected.