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Researchers have been putting up fliers around college campuses and city centers to get people to participate in medical studies for decades. But the methods for obtaining this type of quantitative data has always been a challenge and has been largely unchanged.

But now Apple is involved.

As a part of a major effort to help researchers learn more about various diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes, Apple announced earlier this week its vision for collecting data from patients via iPhone. Because the device is sensor-laden and is usually kept in a pocket, data isn’t collected every three or so months like in many research trials; the tool will update with new information every few seconds. Read more…

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