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Smartphones Set For Large-Scale Health Studies


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Breast cancer study

Breast cancer is one of the conditions that researchers hope to study with data gathered from an iPhone app.

Credit: Eric Risberg/AP/Press Association

Countless owners of smartphones and wearable devices are already using their devices to track their sleep, exercise, blood pressure and other measures of health. Now, biomedical researchers could have an easier time recruiting these users to collect and share their data as part of large-scale clinical studies.

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