How the Apple Watch could help deal with the world’s most common genetic disease

According to a study by the American Duke University of North Carolina, various health data measured by the Apple Watch Series 3 would have allowed AI to predict the manifestation of pain attacks caused by the most widespread genetic disease in the world.

The third generation of connected watches has enabled researchers to predict pain attacks in patients using an artificial intelligence model. // Source: Apple

Artificial intelligence is not only used to generate student essays or artificial images, it can also help medicine. According to a study from Duke University of North Carolina (United States), the Apple Watch’s AI-analyzed health data would have made it possible to predict the arrival of a symptom of a genetic disease even before it manifests itself.

Published Tuesday, March 14 on the website of the United States National Library of Medicine and spotted by the specialized site MyHealthyApplethis study shows that the use of Apple connected watches in patients with Drepanocytosis (the most common genetic disease) can help treat their pain attacks before they become too severe.

Prevent crises to treat as soon as possible

That reports the news site MacRumors, the seven researchers of the study recruited 20 adult patients affected by this disease between July and September 2021 to care for them at Duke University’s day hospital. Each individual received an Apple Watch Series 3 that, worn on the wrist for just over two hours, collected more than 15,000 total heart rate, heart rate variability, and calorie data.

By crossing them with the pain scoresand the vital signs measured by hospital equipment, the researchers were able to create a machine learning algorithm. It was this artificial intelligence that could then warn doctors when a crisis vascular occlusive (caused by an interruption of blood flow) was about to happen, allowing them to give patients pain medication before it got worse. An effective forecast up to “84.5%according to the study.

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A cheap and non-invasive solution

According to the researchers, quoted byMyHealthyApplethis new use of the Apple Watch’s sensors enables a new approach”inexpensive that can benefit clinicians and people with sickle cell disease», which affects more than 4 million people worldwide. What’s more, tool reviewed”not invasivefor patients, compared to traditional medical probes.

Turning its connected watches into a useful medicine tool was also one of Apple’s goals in 2016, before the release of the Apple Watch Series 3. But recent events may call its use into question. in the medical field: several generations of Apple Watch are threatened with a sales ban in the United States for infringing a patent… on one of the medical data sensors.

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