The Asthma Health app from Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai, has been downloaded some 2,500 times, he tells Fox News.

The app, which was featured during Apple's Spring Forward event, uses Apple's ResearchKit, an open source software framework, to enable people with asthma to take part in research studies using their iPhones.

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