Apple announced in a press release, that ResearchKit is allowing new studies for research on autism, epilepsy and melanomas in combination with iPhone becomes a powerful tool for medical research.

ResearchKit is an open source framework, launched in early 2014, which allows developers to create applications for iPhone with the purpose of research for the study of asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and, in fact, autism , epilepsy and melanomas.

“We’re honored to work with world-class medical institutions and provide them with tools to better understand diseases and ultimately help people lead healthier lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “In just six months, ResearchKit apps studying everything from asthma and diabetes to Parkinson’s disease, are already providing insights to scientists around the world and more than 100,000 participants are choosing to contribute their data to advance science and medical research.”

Already more than fifty developers who have contributed with new forms of research and applications that can access data and use health app sensors like iPhone accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone and GPS to track user activity, the physically disabled, memory and more.

The research team at Duke University, for users interested in autism, is analyzing the possibility to use the front camera of the iPhone to detect signals related to developmental disorders in childhood. The application, using algorithms, would be able to identify the reactions of children in front of some video playback on iPhone, studying the variation of expressions to understand the emotions.

The application EpiWatch Johns Hopkins instead will be the first app of study that will seek to exploit Apple Watch with ResearchKit. And ‘being a study to see if the sensors integrated in smartwatch Apple will provide useful data to detect the beginning and duration of the crisis of epilepsy. At baseline, the application will collect the data provided by the accelerometer and heart rate monitor and send a notice to the family via a touch on the display will open the application.

The Oregon Health & Science University is instead considering the possibility of using digital images taken by the camera of the iPhone to deepen the study of the risks and melanoma, enabling users to photograph their own in, measuring them over time, safeguarding their health . Who participates in the research will send documentation on dermatological formations to share with doctors specialized while researchers will have an archive of images to perform the studies. Research applications, available in the App Store in the United States, are compatible with iPhone 5 and later versions and iPod Touch and all subsequent versions.

Source: Apple

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