Following the release of iOS 13.2, which included under-the-hood support for a new optional medical study app called Research, Apple today released both the standalone app and its first three studies: the Apple Heart and Movement Study, the Apple Women’s Health Study, and the Apple Hearing Study. The free app works on a paired iPhone and Apple Watch, gathering data that can be used by academic researchers to advance various health initiatives.
Available for the Apple Watch Series 1 or later, the new Heart and Movement Study goes beyond the previously released Apple Watch heart study app to broadly study the relationship between cardiovascular health and mobility. Apple has partnered with the American Heart Association and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the study, which looks at a user’s heart rate and rhythm to look for early signs of atrial fibrillation, heart disease, or declining mobility, with the goal of offering interventions to help users live longer and healthier.
Developed by Harvard and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Women’s Health Study claims to be the “first long-term study of this scale and scope” to understand the relationship of menstrual cycles and “certain behaviors and habits” on women’s health. Using the iPhone and Apple Watch, this study will track menstrual cycles and take monthly surveys to suss out links between menstruation and health conditions such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis, and menopausal transition.
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