Apple has announced it is undertaking "three groundbreaking health studies," which were touched upon during September 10's Special Event in Cupertino, CA.
The studies will include the Apple Hearing, Heart and Movement, and Women's Health Studies. The Hearing Study will be conducted alongside the University of Michigan, and Apple will be taking a look at factors that can affect hearing health. It's the first study of its kind to attempt to understand how everyday sound exposure can eventually impact hearing, and the data from the study will be shared with the World Health Organization as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative.
The Apple Heart and Movement Study will be in part with Brigham and Women's Hospital and the American Heart Association to figure out how heart rate and mobility signals like walking pace and flights of stairs climbed relate to falls, heart health, quality of life, and more in terms of cardiovascular wellness.
The Apple Women's Health Study is a partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Apple created the first long-term study on menstrual cycles and other issues pertaining to women's health. It will help assess conditions like PCOS, infertility, osteoporosis, and more.
“Women make up half of the world’s population, yet even today there has been limited investment in studying their unique health needs,” said Michelle A. Williams, a reproductive epidemiologist and dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School. “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.”
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. We'll keep you posted on any additional happenings from the studies, and other initiatives Apple takes on.