We keep hearing about the Apple Watch saving lives, and Apple’s working towards a new goal: saving you from a stroke. This is more than just a mere feature rumor, as Apple announced its intent yesterday (Feb. 25), as a part of a massive partnership.
The current Apple Watch Series 5 succeeded as the company pivoted towards health, and Apple’s continuing in that direction with the help of Johnson & Johnson. A press release provided details on J&J’s own app, Heartline Study, which is going to work with the Apple Watch’s heart health features to see if they can “improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke.”
Hopefully, the Apple Watch and the Heartline Study app can thrive in its attempts to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) earlier. AFib, which the press release calls “a leading cause of stroke” is especially difficult to detect, because it’s asymptomatic, sneaking up on patients and not giving any warnings — until a cardiovascular event hits.
The Heartline Study, according to Dr. C. Michael Gibson (co-chair of the Heartline Executive Committee and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School), will attempt to see if AFib can be spotted earlier, via Apple Watch technologies such as “the ECG [electrocardiogram] app and irregular rhythm notification feature.”
This study also has the benefit from allowing participants to contribute from their remote locations and their own devices. As the press release notes,”this approach to conducting a clinical trial, if successful, could potentially save time and cost.”
Considering joining the program to increase the pool of collected data? You must be 65 or older to enroll, as well as be a U.S. resident and have Original (traditional) Medicare. They also require you already own an iPhone 6s or later, and allow the companies access to Medicare claims data.
Participants will also gain “ongoing education, tips, surveys and questionnaires across many topics related to overall heart health throughout the two-year active engagement period.”
Armored Core VI Announced, Which Isn’t A Souls Game
ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON – Reveal Trailer
I have not played an Armored Core game in a very long time, and even then I was never the biggest fan. But this looks cool as hell. It’s coming in 2023 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Here’s some official words:
ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON will offer a game experience based on the mech game know-how FromSoftware cultivated over 25 years of developing games in the series, but now introducing groundbreaking gameplay found in the developer’s recent action games. The new ARMORED CORE title will combine these elements into thrilling action that only mechas can provide. The game promises to be a unique entry in the mech action game genre.
In ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON, players will be able to freely move through massive three-dimensional environments with rapid maneuverability while experiencing visceral vehicular combat. Signature to FromSoftware’s carefully crafted game design, the game will feature challenging and memorable battles along with a fulfilling progression system and deep gameplay, all of it now powered by assembling mechs and going into combat with massive bosses. Players will recognize the sense of satisfaction and achievement when they overcome a difficult situation and relish momentary victory, and perhaps a boost to their standing, before encountering the next challenge.
After Heated Battle, Genshin Impact Wins Player’s Voice at The 2022 Game Awards
Unlike other awards bestowed at The Game Awards, which are primarily determined by members of the press and other influential individuals in the industry, the Player’s Voice category is 100% fan-voted. Earlier this week, ahead o the show, the results projected that Genshin Impact would edge out both Sonic Frontiers and Elden Ring. Other nominees for the Player’s Voice category include God of War: Ragnarok and Stray.
Although Elden Ring, in particular, did not get selected, FromSoftware’s latest project did go home with a few awards, including Best Art Direction and Best Game Direction. For more on the winners from this year’s Game Awards, check out our roundup that features the nominees and winners of each category.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
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