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By Laura Lovett November 14, 2018
This morning Withings announced the latest addition to its product line: the Pulse HR, a connected wearable that can track a user's heart rate using photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors that can measure pulse in 10-minute intervals while offering continuous heart rate measurements for each workout session. This comes only months after Withings was bought back from Nokia by its original cofounder...
By Dave Muoio November 12, 2018
Driver, the pricey mobile app designed to link cancer patients to appropriate treatment or relevant clinical trials, appears to have bitten off a bit more than it could chew. This morning STAT reported that the service, which only launched in September, ran out of funds and released its entire 85-employee staff in mid-October, effectively shuttering the business. Driver CEO and cofounder Dr....
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2018
Samsung Galaxy smartphones will be serving as the controlling device for Billerica, Massachusetts-based Insulet Corporation’s tubeless insulin pump devices, the two companies announced today. Initially, Insulet’s recently FDA-cleared Omnipod Dash Insulin Management System will only speak with an app run on a locked-down Galaxy smartphone provided to patients alongside the system itself. However,...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2018
Apple’s healthcare patent update. A new Hong Kong and European trademark updates the classification of Apple’s AirPods to include health, fitness, exercise and wellness sensors (kudos to Patently Apple, which spotted the update). The updated classification also includes language concerning the transmission of biometric data, heart rate, body movement and burned calories. Despite this and other...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Hims, an online mail-order men’s health company that incorporates remote consultations for prescription products, is looking to double its potential customer base with the launch of a similar product line and service targeting women. “Hers” will offer a range of hair, skin and sexual health products for online order and delivery. Much like its male counterpart, ordering a product that requires a...
By Dave Muoio November 1, 2018
Clinical lab and life science services company LabCorp has signaled its latest consumer-focused shift with the announcement of a self-administered wellness test and online results portal. Called Pixel by LabCorp, the testing platform is ordered online by consumers, reviewed by a board-certified physician and then delivered to the consumer within a few days. After collecting a blood sample using...
By Laura Lovett November 1, 2018
Klue, a startup that uses gesture monitoring to track eating behaviors, is turning its attention to Type 1 diabetes. This afternoon the San Francisco-based startup announced that its platform will now include a reminder feature designed specifically to help people with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition around meals.  “The module will send the users a gentle nudge on their Apple Watch when...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Yesterday afternoon the FDA announced that it would permit 23andMe to market its Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test. The test offers consumers information on whether they posses one of 33 variants across multiple genes that could impact their body’s ability to metabolize certain medications. The purpose of this test is to inform patients and encourage them to more thoroughly...
By Laura Lovett October 30, 2018
Interaxon, the company best known for its “brain sensing” headband Muse that helps wearers meditate, released the second generation of the device this morning.  The latest product, called Muse 2, is worn across the user's forehead and connects to a smartphone app that providing meditation data. Like the previous version of the tool, it is able to measure brain signals through an EEG sensor,...
By Laura Lovett October 26, 2018
Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify that Amazon isn't involved in the development of the products. Instead, the latest product line was launched by Arcadia and will be exclusively sold on Amazon.  Amazon’s latest move into the healthcare arena will be focused on helping consumers manage their diabetes or cardiovascular conditions, according to an announcement from Arcadia...
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