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Mobile app based study to assess energy drinks usage and related health outcomes

December 4th, 2015 by Pacific PaHS Alumni

(University of the Pacific, Calif.) – There are over 285 million wireless subscribers in the United States, rapidly bolstering the development of mobile health (mHealth) technology to answer health related questions. Energy drink usage is on the rise and has been associated with adverse effects and death. Researchers from the Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are using a ResearchKit powered mobile app (mTECH) to study patterns of energy drinks usage and related health outcomes. iPhone users within the United States having at least iOS 8.0 or higher and those 18 years of age or older will be eligible. Participants will be initially asked to complete a survey of general health and habits followed by answering 1 question daily for 30 days stating the quantity of energy drinks consumed. With the participants’ consent, researchers will also be pulling blood pressure, heart rate, activity level and sleep patterns from their Apple device’s tracking mechanisms. The correlation of the survey responses to health related markers should provide meaningful insight and associations on the general safety of energy drinks. More information can be obtained at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtech-energy-drink-health/id1047567479?ls=1&mt=8. More information about University of the Pacific can be obtained at www.pacific.edu.


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