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By Laura Lovett April 20, 2018
Forty mph winds pelted cold rain against the runners as they approached the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill. It was just before this mark that runner Courtney Duckworth’s eyesight started to blur. She couldn’t tell if her senses were warped from the terrible weather conditions or if it was something more serious. Living with Type 1 diabetes, she is used to keeping track of her health...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2018
San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality feature to its app, which helps post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The tool, called PeerWell's Trip and Fall Hazard Detector, uses the phone's camera to analyze a user's home environment and provide suggestions about how to minimize the risk of falls. “Falling is a top driver of injuries in older adults, and of special concern...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden-based respiratory monitor maker NuvoAir (formerly Pond Healthcare Innovation) has unveiled the newest version of its home-use spirometer. Dubbed the Air Next, the small and portable device is connected to users’ smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth LE. In contrast, the company’s previous offering, the Air Smart Spirometer, required a hard connection through a device’s audio jack...
By Mike Miliard April 17, 2018
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $5.1 million contract to Kryptowire, for technology that can gather and aggregate smartphone sensor data. The Department of Defense hopes to deploy predictive analytics to track the health of U.S. service members with their phones. The technology is being developed as part of DARPA's Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health program...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2018
Personal genomics company Helix announced two new partnerships this week, both of which take the company — which has focused on ancestry and lifestyle applications in the past — strongly into the clinical realm. Helix will work with medical technology company PerkinElmer on a product to analyze 59 genes considered by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to be well understood and...
By Laura Lovett April 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology. Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...
By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2018
Things aren't getting any better for Outcome Health, the digital health media company that recently settled a three-month legal battle over claims that the company misled its investors and defrauded its customers. Now the company, which installs screens in waiting rooms and charges pharma companies and other stakeholders to advertise on them, has agreed to settle another court case, this one a...
By Laura Lovett April 9, 2018
Apple’s heart rate monitoring technology has come under fire after Anne Arbor, Michigan-based Omni MedSci filed a lawsuit against the tech giant for patent infringement. The suit — which was filed in US District Court, Eastern District Texas, Marshall Division — alleges that Apple willfully infringed on patent pending laser technology developed by Omni MedSci’s principal, Dr. Mohammed Islam, that...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2018
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the symptom checker's original launch date. WebMD, long the go-to for patients turning to the internet for an answer to mysterious symptoms, has launched a redesigned, rebuilt version of its symptom checker, originally launched in 2005. The company says 4 million people per month log on to use the tool. From a user interface perspective,...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Last year Katherine Kaiser graduated from Stanford University, incidentally meaning she also “graduated” from the Stanford health system. It was time to shop around for new doctors in her area, but that meant her medical records would potentially be scattered across different healthcare systems.  An analyst at a healthcare consulting firm, Kaiser is always tracking new tech. So she was interested...

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