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After more than eight months and 400,000 registered participants, Stanford has announced the results of the heart study developed with Apple. According to Apple, their partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine was the “largest study ever of its kind.”

The Apple Heart Study was announced as a joint study between the Stanford University School of Medicine and Apple. It originally launched alongside the Series 3 Apple Watch and was open to American users, over the age of 22, with a Series 1 Apple Watch or later and an iPhone 5s or later.

According to the press release, “Apple and Stanford created the study to evaluate Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification, which occasionally checks the heart’s rhythm in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm appears to be suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib). As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.”

According to the study, of the 419,093 participants, only 0.5% of them received irregular heart notifications and only fifty-seven percent of them sought-out medical attention. While only a small portion of participants received irregular heart notifications, it highlights the feature’s ability to provide users information related to their health at any time.

Apple COO Jeff Williams commented on the announcement: “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community.” Williams also added, “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.”

According to UK news firm DailyMail, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations conducted a petition over radiation exposure on AirPods. Over 250 scientists signed the petition back when the AirPods released in 2016. The people involved in the study informed that AirPods can emit radio frequency radiation.

In the article from DailyMail, it states that,
AirPods in particular are concerning because they sit deeply enough within the ear canal to emit expose these fragile parts of the ear to dangerous among of radiation, some experts warn.

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.
For this, I can infer that AirPods may be possible to cause brain cancer due to strong radio waves emitting from the AirPod in the ear.  The W1 chip and antenna are in the top area of the AirPod so this may be the huge concern on why the AirPod emits these strong radio frequency waves. Apple’s innovative earbuds are great to wear, but there may be something harmful that’s going with the music in your ears.

Usual radio frequency levels are lower than set by the federal guidelines, but the 250 folks in the study believes it is over that range. The chips are the factors that cause these harmful radio waves to emit, and we have to do something to prevent this. I believe Apple needs to update its Bluetooth antennas and improve the W chip on the next AirPods this March 25th. They should not let the AirPods emit too much radiation.

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Apple announced in a press release today that its Health Record features on the iPhone will soon be available to US veterans, allowing them to safely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on the iPhone, this is the fruit of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Apple.

Apple CEO Time Cook said in a statement that it is an honor to be able to contribute to the American hero's medical care "We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community. It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes", says the CEO.

The Health Records feature is intended to let you view medical records from multiple participating hospitals and clinics directly in the Health app on the iPhone, including allergies, illnesses, immunizations, laboratory results, medications, procedures, and vital signs, and with others, where than 100 institutions in the United States currently support Apple's Health Records.

The Health Records will be VA's first shared record sharing platform, VA is the largest medical system in the United States, serving more than 9 million veterans in 1,243 facilities. However, the platform's Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

Apple's latest feature designed for hospitals and medical providers to improved experiences for patients, Health Records, now supports nearly 80 providers, reports VentureBeat. Apple has updated a list of clinics that support Health Records ahead of a talk from Apple's Clinical and Health Informatics lead Ricky Bloomfield, M.D. given at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum.

When the Health Records feature first launched alongside iOS 11.3, it worked with just only 12 healthcare providers, that number went up very quick with recent additions include Kaiser in Oregon and Washington, Baptist Health, Buffalo Health, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, UC San Diego Health, UCLA Health, and others.

According to Bloomfield, the feature will be great for users with an easy, straightforward experience, as users will see the benefits of all the work by Apple and health care providers on Health Records later this year. Furthermore, it can connect with partner systems using FHIR to collect data and show it right on a user's device, and Apple promised it to stay private unless you share it.


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Apple today announced it has launched a ResearchKit-based Apple Heart Study app, The study was first announced back in September and kicks off today. It uses the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation.

As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythms were found, the participant will receive notifications from Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultations with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.

In order to calculate heart rate and rhythm, the Apple Watch's sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes so it can detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. Apple is partnering with Stanford University's School of Medicine to perform the research.

"Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach," said Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. "We're excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study."

The health study is open to anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 1 or later (the original iWatch is not compatible) who is at least 22 years old. Simply download the Apple Heart Study from the App Store to get started. The app itself requires an iPhone running iOS 11 or later.

Apple Watch also saw the first FDA-approved accessory with an EKG reader. The accessory edical-grade Kardia Band for Apple Watch, which can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, in the United States.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac

According to the CNBC report, Apple is considering to acquire the medical clinic start-up company Crossover Health, and as part of the company to promote healthcare. It's reported that Apple has been talking with Crossover Health for several months of negotiations, but hasn't reached an agreement.

Crossover Health has provided medical and wellness services to a number of self-insured employers, including Apple and Facebook. The company works with Apple and others to provide services on or near its Cupertino campus. Furthermore, Apple also reportedly approached nationwide primary care group One Medical about a deal.

The acquisition talks come as Apple has been mulling expanding into primary care for over a year. The exact goal of Apple’s work here remains unclear. It’s possible Apple would use the startup to develop public-facing actual medical clinics or use existing facilities to sell products and gather data is not known.

The discussions about expanding into primary care have been happening inside Apple’s health team for more than a year, one of the people said. It is not yet clear whether Apple would build out its own network of primary care clinics, in a similar manner to its highly successful retail stores, or simply partner with existing 

Apple is said to be aiming to make the iPhone a "one-stop shop" for medical info, offering a centralized way to store all of a person's health data. CEO Tim Cook has said in the past that health is an area that interests Apple because it's where hardware, software, and services can come together into "something that's magical." "We believe that health is something that is a huge problem in the world, we think it is ripe for simplicity and sort of a new view, and we'd like to contribute to that."

Via 9to5Mac And MacRumors, Image Via Wareable
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