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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...
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.
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...
Xbiome, which calls itself China’s first AI-based company that specializes in the development of gut microbiome, has raised a total of about $10 million in two venture funding rounds as investors pour money into firms developing products...
Alphabet pushed further into healthcare with a joint venture that aims to sell life insurance for people diagnosed with diabetes.  The Google parent as well as tech rivals including Apple and Amazon are seeking...
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...
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...
Amazon and JPMorgan Chase, working with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, are rolling out employee healthcare plans, the latest example of big tech making unlikely alliances in an effort to carve out territory in healthcare.
There’s no question that global warming is already affecting global health. As natural disasters displace millions of people, higher average temperatures encourage the spread of disease.  About 7 million people die annually from pollution exposure, says the...
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...
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.
KKR, which last month said profit slipped on costlier dealmaking, proposed buying Walgreens Boots Alliance as the private equity firm pushes deeper into healthcare.  The potential deal, reported by Bloomberg News based on unidentified...
A controversial drug that treats the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease might become the first medication for the disease in 17 years to win regulatory approval. Biogen Inc. said it plans to submit a...
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...
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...
Good ultrasound images of the heart can be especially elusive; the heart is a perpetually moving target, tucked behind the thick walls of the chest. San Francisco-based startup Caption Health is aiming to make heart sonograms more...
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,...
Key Takeaway: The world’s biggest tech firms, including Alphabet, Amazon and Apple, are using cutting edge digital technologies to build the future of healthcare, a more than...
It has been an exciting week for quantum biology enthusiasts, with two separate studies suggesting new ways to leverage quantum principles in life sciences applications. Researchers from the Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University...
Key Takeaway: With concerns about the privacy of genetic data rising, Nebula Genomics has developed a Blockchain-based genomic marketplace, where users decide who gets access to their...
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. 
The transplantation of pig organs into humans moved a step closer to reality after investors upped their bets, pouring in $100 million, on the work of biotechnology company eGenesis. The Cambridge, Massachusetts company uses...
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...
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...
A lawsuit filed by the Trump administration against Gilead Sciences is the most direct action taken to date to bring down the high cost of HIV prevention pills – a critical component of the government’s plan to...
If Nia Therapeutics succeeds, brain chips will enter medical clinics in three years that will  provide memory generation for all patients suffering from brain injuries or disorders. Michael Kahana, a University of Pennsylvania researcher,...
Researchers successfully edited the genome of strains of rice grown in Southeast Asia and West Africa to block a pathogen that ravages yields of the staple crop, the latest example of gene modification that may reduce hunger...
Google, scouting out opportunities at the intersection of digital technology and healthcare, is paying $2.1 billion to buy Fitbit, which will permit it to leverage its tech expertise and expand in the rapidly growing wearables market.
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...
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...
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