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Pacemakers, insulin pumps and other medical devices using software called IPnet contain potential flaws that make them vulnerable to cyber attacks, the Food and Drug Administration has warned.The agency is working with medical device makers to determine...
Artificial intelligence examining medical images can correctly identify diseases with greater speed and accuracy than doctors, raising the possibility that automated diagnosis may soon be common in parts of the world where specialists are scarce.
Global warming is doing more in Australia than sparking a health crisis. It’s changing the way some investors think about where to place their money.   Labeled an “irreversible” health crisis by the Australian Medical...
While the number of microbiome-focused products and investments rises, the science remains in a nascent stage, and expectations for the industry may be ahead of reality, according to speakers at a Bard College symposium on Thursday.
When Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last week asked Twitter users to reveal their most absurd medical bill, thousands of comments poured in. One poster said she was billed $600 for her son who had...
In 2014, CVS quit cigarettes. And when the world’s No. 2 pharmacy chain gave up $2 billion in recurring annual revenue from selling tobacco products, the choice was hardly altruistic. The move was part of a larger...
A new study into how antibiotics affect beneficial bacteria living in human guts suggests ways in which dietary changes may reduce the medicines’ side effects and generate new treatments.Brown University researchers, conducting a study in mice, found...
Climate change has become an “irreversible” health crisis in Australia with dire consequences for the Asia-Pacific nation, including an increase in potentially lethal mosquito-borne tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever, Australian doctors say.The bleak assessment by...
The number of Americans without health insurance rose by 1.9 million last year, the first increase since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, after the Trump Administration weakened efforts to enroll more people.Uninsured residents totaled...
Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb will become a limited partner in BioMotiv, a Cleveland-based biotech accelerator, to jointly fund new research into therapies in disease areas with unmet medical needs.  “Partnering with an innovative accelerator...
Magic mushrooms as treatment for depression, PTSD other issues is getting a major boost at Johns Hopkins University, as researchers continue efforts, sometimes backed by venture capital, to find therapies in alternative, overlooked places.
As sales of consumer genetic tests slow amid rising privacy concerns, Color Genomics has chosen a different path, by focusing on counseling services and selling to crowds overlooked by industry leaders 23andme and Ancestry.  
This content is brought to you in partnership with HLTH. How do we create the future of health? That’s the question HLTH is seeking to answer.  From Oct. 27-30, more than...
Achilles Therapeutics’s raising of $120 million to conduct clinical trials of a cancer treatment underscores the promise of therapies that use immune systems to target and eradicate tumor cells. The Achilles therapy uses a...
With a goal to stamp out a rare disease that takes the lives of about one-fifth of the children it affects, biotechnology company Glycomine is finding deep-pocketed support from investors including Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk. 
Healthcare costs for Americans skyrocketed over the last decade, even for those with insurance, creating opportunities for startups that help companies, insurers and patients cut costs. An average family of four with large employer-provided...
From a social network for addicts to robots that test sewage water for traces of drugs, startups and private companies are applying innovative solutions to one of the nation’s most pressing problems -- its opioid epidemic. Over...
When Luca Biologics began operations this spring, it was a startup in name only, since its co-founders had been collecting laboratory data on women’s health for nearly two decades.  Armed with that research, Luca...
In a move certain to set medical ethicists’ heads spinning, stem-cell researchers in Japan are launching a study with an aim to create hybrid animals out of rats and mice that will produce human organs for medical...
Rite Aid, its stock price dropping and future uncertain, named a female executive with a background in technology to lead the company as it struggles to find its footing in a changing industry and growing competition.
Life sciences start-up MEND believes better nutrition will help concussion patients before and after surgery, and is seeking to roll out another of its supplement powders to tap that market. The New York company...
Europe is looking to revolutionize healthcare with a massive project that would  make millions of patient records available to artificial intelligence algorithms. The multi-billion-dollar European Health Data and Evidence Network project will standardize 100...
Lives may be saved if hospitals better predicted sudden downturns in a patient’s health, and were able to see looming organ damage. Google’s London-based A.I. unit says it’s found a way to crunch vital signs and blood...
While wearable fitness technology -- from Motiv rings to bras that can track cardiovascular disease -- has been gaining popularity, there are consumer segments that haven’t been enamored with the new tech: women and minorities. 
Many children have been learning their ABCs through video games. Now Mightier wants to help them conquer anxiety and depression disorders using the same technology.  The gaming startup seeks to treat children with ADHD...
Maria Vorontsova, who is reported to be President Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter, is a shareholder of a company involved in the development of the largest private investment project in Russia’s healthcare, BBC Russia reported today. Vorontsova holds...
Disruptions from Babylon Health’s app are spreading through the U.K.’s National Health Service, with its AI, virtual services and promise of appointments “just a tap away.” But will it go too far, and threaten the funding of...
While Elon Musk’s brain implant company, Neuralink, has announced plans to begin human patient tests before the end of next year, experts believe proving the technology’s competence may take longer. In an event yesterday,...
Dreamlight Tech is rolling out its new meditation sleep mask in a growing market for relaxation devices funded by private capital, while at the same time fending off criticism of the equipment’s effectiveness over the long run.
When people in the U.K. ask Amazon’s Alexa health questions, they’ll get an answer from the country’s National Health Service.   For example, ask “What should I do to stop a headache?” and Alexa will...
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