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Scientists from the University of Manchester have created an app that will gather information related to the weather and pain felt by sufferers of arthritis and other conditions. The aim of the study is to determine if the weather has an effect on people´s pain thresholds.

The app is called Cloudy with a Chance of Pain and is available to the public as the scientists are seeking input from anyone based in the UK aged 17 or over and suffering from chronic pain. This is the first smartphone-based study to gather data related to the weather and the level of pain people find themselves in.

Users of the app will be able to record how they´re feeling, whilst the app accesses the phone´s local weather data to correlate the two sources of information.

The study is supported by Arthritis Research UK and the Office for Creative Research in New York, as well as the smartphone platform uMotif in London. uMotif will gather and store all the information uploaded by users regarding their symptoms and the weather until January 2017 when the project ends.

Users of the app will also be able to share their ideas and experiences of the relationship between pain and the weather in a bid to better understand the phenomenon. Dr. Will Dixon, director of the University of Manchester´s Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, said:

“We will be running a big citizen science experiment where anyone can explore the data and try to spot patterns and relationships in the data. We´ll gather ideas and theories from everyone to come up [with] the best possible conclusion.”

When the project ends in 2017 the data gathered will be analysed and pain forecasts generated to help sufferers plan their weekly activities accordingly.