Consumer

By Dave Muoio April 2, 2018
Smart inhaler company Adherium announced last week that it has received 510(k) clearance for over-the-counter sales of its inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, called the SmartTouch for Symbicort. Adherium — which is headquartered in San Mateo, California, but holds currently offices in Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Amstelveen, The Netherlands...
By Dave Muoio March 30, 2018
Under Armour has notified users of its MyFitnessPal food and nutrition app of a large-scale user data breach that occurred in late February. The company’s investigation into the breach is ongoing, according to a statement, but so far indicates that the usernames, email addresses, and passwords of approximately 150 million users have been compromised. “We understand that you value your privacy and...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2018
Sandstone Diagnostics’ Trak Male Fertility Testing System will be used in an NIH-funded study being conducted by Boston University and Stanford University, according to a statement. The Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) studies the effect of lifestyle factors on fertility, miscarriage, and birth outcomes. “The Trak technology is revolutionizing our research,” Lauren Wise, professor of epidemiology...
By Dave Muoio March 29, 2018
San Francisco-based microsensor textile company Siren has announced the first product using its proprietary Neurofabric material. The Siren Diabetic Sock and Foot Monitoring System and its accompanying app monitor wearers’ foot temperature as an early warning sign of inflammation and, subsequently, diabetic foot ulcers. The company, which was founded in 2015, also announced that it has raised $3....
By Dave Muoio March 29, 2018
Physicians have touted the benefits of a good night’s sleep for centuries, if not longer, but it hasn’t been until recent years that a provider can see clear data on whether or not their patients have been hitting the sack. To investigate whether wearable sleep trackers could play a role in patient-provider conversations, researchers from Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute have launched a...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2018
As wearables shipments hit 350 million in 2020 (up from 224 million in 2018), healthcare wearables are poised to bring in more revenue via subscription services than wearables in any other industry, according to a new report from Juniper Research.  The report uses AliveCor and Quell as examples of health wearables with a subscription business model, predicting that such companies will pull in $2....
By Dave Muoio March 27, 2018
Israel-based DarioHealth has been granted 510(k) clearance for a version of its Blood Glucose Monitoring System that, alongside the Dario app, is compatible with iPhone 7, 8, and X, according to a statement from the company. “We’ve been working tirelessly to bring forth a solution that would meet the rigorous standards required to achieve the FDA clearance,” DarioHealth CEO and Chairman Erez...
By Laura Lovett March 23, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that PhysioWave connects to the user's smartphone. It has been updated to state the system uses a dedicated tablet interface.  University of Stanford spin-out PhysioWave has just received FDA clearance for its pulse wave velocity (PWV) cardiovascular analyzer scale, which measures the stiffness of the vessels transporting blood from the heart...
By Dave Muoio March 23, 2018
The FDA has launched a free mobile app version of its [email protected] online database that offers consumers information on agency-approved drugs. The new app, called [email protected] Express, is free and currently available for download on iOS and Android. “The FDA is continuously seeking ways to bring information to consumers in more accessible formats,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a...
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2018
San Diego-based remote physical therapy company Reflexion Health today announced the launch of two digital rehabilitation products: the VERAHome for post-acute care physical therapy patients, and the VERAClinic for their clinicians. Both products are built upon the framework of VERA (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant), Reflexion’s FDA-cleared platform, avatar assistant-driven program that...