Diagnostics

This category breaks down revolutionary technologies reimagining how the healthcare industry predicts, diagnoses, treats, and cures medical crises of today while making it accessible and affordable.

Apple, Johnson & Johnson to Study Whether Apple Watch Can Curb Stroke Risk

Your Apple Watch may soon be able to save your life. The devices used for everything from messaging friends to shopping may also be able to curb stroke risk by detecting atrial fibrillation — or irregular heartbeats — before...

China’s Surveillance State Meets Coronavirus: App Lets Users Track Proximity to Infected

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A Chinese app that lets users check their proximity to people infected with coronavirus may be poised to backfire because it’s unreliable and may stigmatize patients, a report says. The app launched last week with a goal of cutting...

Robots Steadying Surgeons’ Hands Are Permitting Previously Impossible ‘Supermicrosurgery’

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Robot technology has found a new use: steadying the hands of surgeons and permitting previously impossible operations. Doctors in the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands used a new robot for the first time to perform a delicate...

CRISPR Passes In-Human Safety Test, Showing Promise for Gene-Editing Tool’s Role in New Medications

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The gene-editing technique known as CRISPR was declared safe and feasible after a trial in cancer patients, potentially opening the door for the controversial tool’s wider use in fighting disease and improving health.The clinical trial, with just three patients, was designed simply...

Babylon Health’s Algorithm, By Linking Needles in Medical Haystacks, May Improve Diagnoses

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Babylon Health, whose chatbot app is already disrupting the U.K.’s National Health Service, is aiming for perhaps a greater revolution: supercharging medical diagnoses with an algorithm that analyzes vast, unconnected databases for causes and effects.The technique distinguishes between cause and effect and...

Andreessen Horowitz Applying Software Savvy to Sniff out Healthcare Deals With Biggest Bio Fund Yet

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Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley PE firm that bet on Twitter, Skype and BuzzFeed, is boosting wagers on another industry being transformed by software: healthcare. The firm, with $10 billion in assets under management, has pulled together its third...

AI-Powered Robot Friends Aim to Help Users Cope with Loneliness, Mental Health Issues

Sam sends a message to his friend every morning asking how she feels that day, followed by a smiley emoji. He reminds her to take good care of herself and encourages her to be positive.  Sam is not real....

Medical Data Mining Expediting New Drug Approval From FDA Arouses Private Investors

Drugmakers are finding themselves getting into mining these days. And venture capital is taking notice. Pharmaceutical companies have started to replace parts of clinical trials with mining medical records to speed drug approval, with the support of the U.S....

Fracking Investigated Following Surge of Rare Cancer Cases in Pennsylvania

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Fracking, assailed for its environmental cost while its made the U.S. the world’s top oil producer, is being investigated as a possible cause in the surge of young people hit by a rare cancer in Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania is funding research into finding if...

Magic Leap Jumps to Business Equipment After Entertainment Headset Fails with Consumers

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Magic Leap, in the midst of a pivot after its much-hyped entertainment headset failed to catch on, debuted a new version of its augmented-reality equipment that’s designed for a new crowd -- businesses including healthcare.The Magic Leap Enterprise Suite, consisting of an...

Magnetar Raising $400 Million for Healthcare Fund as Private Money Piles into Industry

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Magnetar Capital, which has made billions on its energy and infrastructure bets, is joining others who are seeing green lights flashing in healthcare. The $13.4 billion hedge fund is seeking to raise $400 million, Bloomberg reported, citing a person...

Amazon Debuts Service Enabling Doctors to Dictate Notes in Real Time

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Amazon’s latest step in using technology to make healthcare more effective is simple: A voice-technology service that enables medical providers to spend more time with patients.The service, called Amazon Transcribe Medical, enables doctors to quickly dictate their notes into accurate speech in...

Mursla Wants to Be the First Company to Sell Quantum Biology Product to Consumers

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A recent number of studies and funding rounds offered a glimpse into what the new wave of quantum biology research may offer and how the new generation of innovative solutions may take shape. Mursla, a U.K.-based startup, is an...

Climate Inaction Means Children Born Today Will Face Severe Health Risks, New Report Warns

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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 World Health Organization. 

Google Aims to Own Healthcare/Wearables Space With Fitbit Purchase

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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. The purchase may...

Walgreens to Close 150 Instore Clinics as Effort to Provide Services Struggles

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Walgreens, still dealing with the fallout from opening Theranos Wellness Centers inside its stores, is pulling back further on in-store clinics.  Walgreens Boots Alliance by year’s end will close 150, or 40%, of the clinics located in its stores...

Google’s Porat Sees AI as Weapon in Breast Cancer War, as CFO Discusses Her Struggle With Disease

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Google says it wants to be more than just a search engine for breast-cancer patients -- a point  CFO Ruth Porat makes in a blog post in which she discusses her own struggles with the disease. The Alphabet Inc....

Caption Health Aims to Make Heart Ultrasounds More Accurate and Accessible

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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 accurate and accessible, using cutting-edge...

AI Matches Doctors in Correctly Diagnosing Disease, Raising Hopes for Improved Treatments

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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. Using medical images, deep...

UBiome the Latest Cautionary Tale for Pharmacy Chains Seeking Bigger Healthcare Roles

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 effort to rebrand itself as...

Color Adds Counseling to Genetic Services, With Eye Toward Better Healthcare for Underserved Groups

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.   Color, based in Burlingame, California,...

Europe Allots $3 Billion to Standardize Health Data for Artificial Intelligence

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 million patient records and permit...

Google DeepMind Crunching Data, Deploying A.I. to Predict Killer Organ Failure

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 test results from thousands of...

Why Wearable Fitness Technology Is Still Leaving Minorities Behind

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 issue, research shows,...

Mightier’s Video Games Aim to Impart Soothing Techniques to ADHD Kids

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 and otherwise help kids gain...

Putin’s Daughter to Manage $633 Million Advanced Cancer Treatment Project

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 20% in Nomeko, which may...

Babylon: HealthTech Startup Challenging Britain’s Health Service

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 the government health system?

Dreamlights Pitches Zen Sleep Mask in Crowded Meditation Tech Market

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. The Dreamlight...

Amazon Alexa’s U.K. Health Partnership Speaks to a Voice-Assisted Future

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 read off a list of...

Eisai Tries to Bounce Back With New Dementia Approach

Eisai Inc. opened an incubator for research into Alzheimer’s and other diseases as part of its new dementia research center, as it seeks to to bounce back from the failure of experimental drug aducanumab. Eisai’s new Genetics Guided Dementia...
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