Digital Health

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Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. That's because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky, VR-headset-like frame that give them the power to …

Solar Impulse

The Digital Health Newsletter for May 27, 2017

Venture capitalists are increasingly betting on sleep-focused startups , which is a great thing considering the latest analysis on poor sleep and its …

These companies are racing to develop a Breathalyzer for pot

When the governor of Vermont vetoed a marijuana legalization bill this week, he said he was especially worried about stoned driving. He wants to hear more about an "impairment testing mechanism" to detect it.<p>The problem is that no such mechanism exists. There is no Breathalyzer for pot.<p>Urine and …

Cannabis

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately. In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.<p>Call it Big Sleep. After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the …

Venture Capital

Silicon Valley is trumpeting AI as the cure for the medical industry, but doctors are skeptical

Artificial intelligence will cure health care. And revolutionize medicine as we know it.<p>That's according to a slew of headlines this week, including …

How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Virtual reality has made inroads into several industries, and now it's coming to the delivery room.<p>The University of Newcastle in Australia has …

Virtual Reality

Texas Legislature grants doctors, patients the privilege of online office visits | Texas Legislature

Now, everybody appears happy.<p>"Texans can now count on the right to access all virtual health care options to get quality care when and where they …

Health Care

Apple’s needleless blood sugar tracker has an uphill battle in front of it

‘Everybody thinks they have a way to do it, and everybody, so far, has failed’<p>Rumors are flying that Apple is developing some kind of wearable that would continuously track the user’s blood sugar <i>without</i> breaking their skin. For people with diabetes, this would be a huge improvement over the …

Diabetes

The Digital Health Newsletter for May 25, 2017

How Artificial Intelligence Will Cure America's Sick Health Care System

Trumpcare was DOA. Congress isn't going to fix Obamacare. The only prescription for better (and cheaper) health care: 'Take two apps and call me in …

Researchers tracked how microbes spread in a newly opened hospital

The year-long study will help researchers better understand how microbes influence human health<p>Many human beings spend the majority of their time indoors, interacting with and coming into contact with other humans, and objects that other humans have touched. At the same time, we're surrounded …

Microbiome

Breast Reconstruction Medical Device Goes Down Under For Clinical Trials And IPO

Earlier this year I spoke to Jon Norris of Silicon Valley Bank about trends in healthcare investments and IPOs. One of the things he mentioned was the challenge for medical device companies to garner the same enthusiasm that biopharma receives. The medical device companies understand that and …

Cancer

New heart disease risk genes point to flaws in blood vessel walls: Study aims to identify targets for cardiovascular treatments

Study aims to identify targets for cardiovascular treatments<p>Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. Despite dozens of …

Medicine

The Best Fitness Watch for Every Kind of Exercise

Technology makes it easier to track every piece of your exercise routine. But maybe the greatest innovation is that the watches themselves are more than bearable to look at too. GQ's Best Stuff has the low down on the best fitness smartwatches for every kind of exercise and every budget.<p>Photographs …

Wearable Tech

Nokia and Apple end their patent fight and become health allies

Over recent months, Apple has been embroiled lawsuits related to patent licensing. While its fight with Qualcomm continues to rumble on, the company confirmed today that it's resolved one of its major disputes by signing a multi-year agreement with Nokia to utilize its intellectual property.<p>At the …

Apple

The Digital Health Newsletter for May 23, 2017

Scientists make strides in hunt for genetic causes of heart disease

In 2007, Stanford cardiologist Tim Assimes, MD, PhD, started along an investigative path to discover the root genetic causes of coronary artery …

Medicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch Up

When Bakul Patel started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going …

Digital Health

Amgen's Bone Drug Disappointment Shows Limits Of Genetics In Drug Discovery

Last night, Amgen and UCB Pharma announced that although their osteoporosis drug, romosozumab, prevented fractures of the vertebrae in post-menopausal women, it also may have increased the risk of heart attacks by 30%.<p>The Food and Drug Administration was due to make a decision on whether to …

Pharma

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence May Help Us Live At Home Longer

Richard Adler knows a few things about the uneasy relationship between older adults and technology.<p>It’s something that Adler, a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif., has been studying for more than 25 years. One thing, in particular, has struck him.<p>“The …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

Poll of 14- to 24-year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety<p>Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health …

Mental Health

Amazon could 'break open' the pharmacy space, says health tech investor

"Amazon could break open the space," said Steve Kraus, a health investor with Bessemer Venture Partners.<p>For Kraus, Amazon's potential move into the …

Amazon

This Former FDA Chief Is Heading To Silicon Valley To Join Alphabet's Life Sciences Division

Robert Califf, a former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner under President Obama, has revealed his next job — or, rather, jobs: He's becoming a top scientist at Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, and an executive specializing in health data science at Duke University.<p>"Although we …

Silicon Valley

Shapeheart is an armband that senses your heart rate without bulky chest straps

Not everyone wants to place a heart-rate monitor on their chest or wrist. Sometimes you want a meaty sensor, something that won’t drain your battery and something that also carries your phone using a system of magnets that keeps your phone safe from harm. Sometimes you want the Shapeheart.<p>I saw the …

Wearable Tech

Move Over GMOs? Monsanto Experimenting With Gene Editing

Monsanto (MON), the world’s largest producer of GMO seeds, is betting that a new technology called gene editing may calm consumers unease about eating modified foods.<p>“I see gene editing very differently [than GMOs] because it’s being used today broadly by pharmaceutical, agricultural companies, …

Agriculture

Getting an Abortion With Telemedicine Is Safe, Study Says

As abortion laws in the U.S. have become more restrictive, some women have turned to dangerous methods of terminating their pregnancies at home. But …

Rights & Freedoms

Genomic Health, Inc. Waits for Reimbursement

Meanwhile, the genetic-test maker is increasing margins on its way to profitability.<p><b>Genomic Health</b> (NASDAQ:GHDX) reported first-quarter earnings last …

Stocks

Sight Unseen

Seeing with your tongue and other surprises of sensory-substitution technology.<p>The climbers at Earth Treks gym, in Golden, Colorado, were warming up: stretching, strapping themselves into harnesses, and chalking their hands as they prepared to scale walls stippled with multicolored plastic holds. …

The Brain

Scientists 3-D Print Mouse Ovaries That Actually Make Babies

Not all girls grow up to be mothers. Sometimes they choose not to be, and sometimes circumstances take those choices away. A superfluity of cancers …

Biology