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How pregnancy could prove the potential of smartwatches


Alex Hogan / STAT

iPhones, smartwatches, and other consumer devices have been touted for their ability to detect disease and improve health outcomes, but the progress toward proving its value has been slow. Stephen Friend — a former executive at MerckApple, and Sage Bionetworks — is trying to change that with his newest organization, 4YouandMe, which has embarked on an ambitious effort to track data on roughly 1,000 pregnancies. The study is collecting a constant-stream of hundreds of measures from devices as well as regular reports about symptoms like mood and fatigue.

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