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The top 5 startups disrupting healthcare within AI, digital therapeutics, health insurance, and genomics

The healthcare industry is facing disruption due to accelerating technological innovation and growing demand for improved delivery of healthcare and lower costs. Tech startups are leading the way by seizing opportunities in the areas of the industry that are most vulnerable to disruption, including …

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Apps

How I let drinking take over my life

Five years after his last taste of alcohol, William Leith tries to understand its powerful magic<p>I had my last drink five years ago, in the early hours of the morning on 1 January 2013. I think it might have been around 2am. I wouldn’t have described myself as drunk. I would have said I’d had a few …

Alcohol

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

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REVIEW: Microsoft's newest laptop is a powerful alternative to any of Apple's MacBooks or iPads

It may have been the company's first-ever laptop, but when I tested it last year a few months after it debuted, I immediately liked it better than any of Apple's MacBooks that I'd ever used.<p>I now have a new favorite computer, and it's the successor to my old favorite — it's Microsoft's new Surface …

MacBook Pro

Theravance Biopharma: Undervalued With Catalysts

Shares of Theravance Biopharma (NASDAQ:TBPH) have fallen by 25% in the last 12 months and risen by around 50% over the past three years.<p><i>TBPH</i> <i>data by</i></i> …

The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.<p>Traditionally, the interoperability of medical data among institutions has followed three …

How Medical Centers And Pharmas Respond To Technological Innovation: The Four Rs

Medical centers and pharma companies struggle in parallel today with the challenge of bringing innovation–particularly contemporary data science tools–into organizations dominated by established processes deeply rooted in legacy technologies.<p>(Disclosure/reminder: I’m chief medical officer at …

Technology

A startup that wants to build an early-warning system for cancer just raised $360 million

Guardant Health, a startup that wants to make cancer testing as simple as taking a blood test, just raised $360 million.<p>The round was led by SoftBank Group and included other investors that also had previously funded Guardant, such as Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. In total, Guardant has …

Urgent care providers widen services to include telehealth

Urgent care providers are slowly adding telemedicine services to their clinical portfolios, seeing them as an opportunity to expand their client base …

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

May 05, 2017 - With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at …

As Insurers Shuffle PBMs, Aetna Looks At Closer Ties To CVS

Aetna is looking at potentially closer ties to CVS Health and its pharmacy benefit management business amid concerns about transparency and the future of the PBM industry.<p>Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are middlemen between drug makers and employers when it comes to purchasing drugs and providing …

That Scary News About Breast Implants Causing Cancer? It Isn't What it Seems

In February 2010, <i>Allure’s</i> former contributing editor-at-large, Joan Kron, broke news that plastic surgeon Garry Brody, a professor emeritus of the University of Southern California, found more than 30 suspected or confirmed cases worldwide of an exceedingly rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma …

10 Excellent Pieces of Expert Advice for Entrepreneurs from VCs

If you want to build a successful startup and score funding, who better to look to for advice than the investors? VCs have a wealth of experience and know what separates the unicorns (winners) from the donkeys (losers).<p>Entrepreneurs, take note! Here are 10 excellent pieces of advice from VCs.<p>1. …

10 Gadgets to Expand Your iPhone Storage

Sorry…no space available! How many times have you heard or seen that on your iPhone just when you are about to capture a breathtaking outdoor shot or …

Here's How Drones Are Going to Utterly Transform Our World

Drones on the Rise<p>Drones are not just for nerds and nukes anymore. A report from <i>Business Insider</i> (BI) projects that global demand for commercial …

This Incredible Gel Stops Bleeding Immediately

Coming to a hospital near you 👍<p>Medical science has the potential to do some pretty amazing things, from restoring people’s eyesight to actually …

Belgian biotech company Univercells awarded $12 million grant

Belgian biotech company Univercells has received a grant for $12 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.<p>Founded in 2013 by CEO Hugues Bultot, Univercells brings biology, manufacturing, and technology together to provide clients with solutions to the rising costs of vaccine production. …

Gates Foundation to Invest Up to $140 Million in HIV-Prevention Device

Intarcia Therapeutics is developing implantable pump which holds six or 12 months’ supply of medicine<p>The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Overhyping of Precision Medicine

Science has a history of inflated promises when it comes to disease treatment.<p>Science has always issued medical promissory notes. In the 17th century, Francis Bacon promised that an understanding of the true mechanisms of disease would enable us to extend life almost indefinitely; René Descartes …

University of California

KKR Is in Talks to Sell This Drug Delivery Company for Over $5 Billion

Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Lonza Group on Monday confirmed it is in advanced talks with private equity firm KKR & Co to acquire Capsugel, a …

Oscar Health, Joshua Kushner's startup, opens brick and mortar space in Brooklyn

Oscar Health wants to get more intimate with its customers.<p>Founded in 2012, the alternative insurance startup aims to upend healthcare with technology. It bills itself as an easy, affordable healthcare provider with all the perks of a tech company. Members can book appointments, see lab results, …

Surgery training app Touch Surgery cuts deal with Johnson & Johnson

London-based app maker Touch Surgery creates a series of apps to help surgeons train ahead of complicated surgery procedures, or to familiarize themselves with new surgical tools, equipment and procedures. The company just announced it has signed a “strategic collaboration” with Johnson & Johnson …

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre.

Today is the 434th anniversary of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, as a subtle new Google Doodle reminds us.<p>Back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that the 10 days following October 4 <i>simply</i> <i>wouldn’t exist.</i> The next day would be ... October 15. Thereafter, a new calendar would come into …

Calendars

SA’s largest export product: Rich people

In an exchange in one of Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s many books, the rich are described as follows: “The very rich are different …

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

AiCure Raises $12.25 Million For Its Treatment Monitoring Technology

Raise your hand if you’ve ever forgotten to take a pill you were prescribed? The chances are, if you’re in the U.S. at least, you probably have. The failure to take prescribed medicine, whether as part of a clinical trial or treatment regimen costs the U.S. healthcare industry roughly $378 billion …

Kevin Plank Is Betting Almost $1 Billion That Under Armour Can Beat Nike

Kevin Plank built Under Armour into a $4 billion behemoth. He's just spent almost $1 billion to get into an entirely new business. Can this decade's most unlikely tech startup beat Nike?<p>"Have you seen Kevin's whiteboards?"<p>If you spend any time at Under Armour headquarters, you'll hear that question …

Walgreens halts expansion of Theranos blood testing centers after tech comes under scrutiny

'We need to understand the truth'<p>Silicon Valley darling Theranos has found itself under unpleasant scrutiny after a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report last week revealed that the company isn't using its headline blood testing technology for most of its customers. The machine, called Edison, is supposed to …