Apple has come up with a novel application which is to aid research into LGBT health. It happens to be the biggest probe into the issue.
The times sure are changing (for better or for worse) so we might as well get used to change being the law of life. And everything changes except change which is a constant.
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With transgender celebs such as Kaitlyn Jenner appearing in their apparently beautiful physiognomies on the covers of glossies in the United States, the gender divide is melting before our very eyes. And the supreme court is almost on the verge of giving a verdict in favor of gay marriage.
LGBT rights have traveled the gamut from violent discrimination and outright prejudice to reluctant acceptance and finally peaceful tolerance.
It has indeed been a long and arduous journey that has cost a lot in terms of hurt feelings and wounded egos but it has been worth it in the end. Today, the United States is a fairly open and individualistic milieu where anyone can do what he or she pleases provided it is not harmful to self or society.
However, one field where the research is still in its infancy is the health concerns surrounding LGBT groups. After all, their well-being matters as much as that of the heterosexual crowd. A novel PRIDE Study has been undertaken by medicos and they will employ Apple iPhones as a fundamental part of the experiments they will be conducting.
The ResearchKit App is what the story is all about. The project is being spearheaded by the University of California. Everything from AIDS susceptibility to cigarette consumption patterns and overweight status will be examined with scrupulous intensity. And even mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia will be perused in detail.
The main question that will finally get answered is how LGBT groups measure up as regards their health (physical, mental and emotional). With Obamacare taking off in the US of A, this study will serve to improve the living conditions and standards of the LGBT crowd.
Any changes in lifestyle that need to be made in order to gain a better health status will be issued in the form of guidelines by the medical authorities. The LGBT group constitutes a large sample of iPhone users. And Apple has always valued tolerance and mutual coexistence as part of its long-term plans.
The PRIDE Study App can be downloaded on their iPhones by people belonging to LGBT groups. And from there onwards it will be plain sailing as their feedback gets registered. As for Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, he has praised and lauded the effort too. It is a good thing that will benefit society immensely.
“The LGBTQ community has been understudied and underserved in health care settings,” said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations.
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“This timely study helps fill the gap in our understanding of health and disease risk in this population, and importantly involves and engages members of these communities in this health-related research in important and novel ways.”