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Apple Unveils Promising New ResearchKit Studies for Autism, Epilepsy, and Melanoma

Apple Unveils Promising New ResearchKit Studies for Autism, Epilepsy, and MelanomaThis week, Apple announced that ResearchKit is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma.

If you’re not familiar, ResearchKit turns Apple’s iPhone into a powerful tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

“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,” says 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.”
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Nightingale Unveils Support Platform to Improve Autism Treatment

Nightingale Unveils Support Platform to Improve Autism TreatmentNightingale, a data capture and analysis platform for evidence-based autism therapy, continues to make strides in its offerings that powerfully influence how autism is treated.

On Friday, the organization announced that it has emerged from beta with users in clinical and academic settings throughout the U.S.

If you’re not familiar, Nightingale “aims to impact autism treatment by revolutionizing clinical practices and raising standards of care.”
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PCORI Board Approves $114 Million for New Research

PCORI Board Approves 114 Million for New ResearchThis week, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors approved 71 awards, which total more than $114 million (to be distributed over three years).

“The money will be used to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) designed to answer questions most important to patients and those who care for them,” an announcement from the Board explained.

The awards include the first 19 under the priority area of Accelerating Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research.

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Autism Researchers Turn Their Attention to The iPad’s Potential

Autism Researchers Turn Their Attention to The iPad's PotentialThe Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that University of Kansas researchers have received a $1.2 million grant to embark on a study that could show whether or not an iPad voice output application can help children with autism.

“The researchers will train preschoolers with autism and their classmates to use the app,” the paper reports. “The researchers want to determine whether the technology can improve their deficits in communication, social reciprocity and play skills.”

University of Kansas assistant research professor Kathy Thiemann-Bourque is hopeful that the research will lead to a positive outcome for children with autism.

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AT&T Hunting mHealth Talent for Planned Autism App

AT&T is on the hunt for mHealth Talent.

Beginning today in San Francisco, a two-day hackathon will hopefully provide the carrier with the talent and insight it needs from the autism community.

According to published reports this morning, the “Hacking Autism Hackathon by AT&T and Autism Speaks” will thoroughly pour over some 230 app ideas submitted through Autism Speaks’ Facebook page.

Of those entries, 12 were selected to compete in this weekend’s hackathon in four categories – verbal, non-verbal, school-aged and adult – with $20,000 in prizes set to be awarded.

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