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Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing services with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of your particular family lore does the science support? Most people who participate in mail-order DNA testing don’t think to question the science behind the results — it’s science after all. But because DNA testing companies lack aggressive oversight...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, Biology, Dna, Tech, Genetics, Yale, Middle East, Poland, Bio, 23andMe, Ancestry.com, Cbc, Carly, Iberian Peninsula


Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of your particular family lore does the science support? Most people who participate in mail-order DNA testing don’t think to question the science behind the results — it’s science after all. But because DNA testing companies lack aggressive oversight...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, Biology, Dna, Tech, Genetics, Yale, Middle East, Poland, Bio, 23andMe, Ancestry.com, Cbc, Carly, Iberian Peninsula


How Google is quietly influencing medicine

With nearly 80 percent of internet users searching online for health-related information, it’s no wonder the catchphrase “Dr. Google” has caught on, to the delight of many searchers and the dismay of many real doctors. What’s received little attention from physicians or the public is the company’s quiet metamorphosis into a powerhouse focused on the actual practice of medicine. […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Google, Tech, Health IT, PA NP, Public Health & Policy, CRNA


Alphabet’s Verily scores FDA clearance for its ECG monitor

Big week for Google wearable news — which, honestly, is not a phrase I expected to write in 2019. But a day after the company announced an agreement to purchase Fossil’s wearable technology for $40 million, Alphabet-owned research group Verily just scored FDA clearance for its electrocardiogram (ECG) technology. The clearance pertains specifically to the company’s Study Watch. The device, which was announced back in 2017, shouldn’t be confused with the company’s more consumer-facing Wear OS ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Wearables, Tech, Fda, Verily


Innovaccer nabs $11 million from Microsoft’s VC arm to give doctors a better window into patient heatlh

Cracking the silos of digital health records promises to bring better care to patients by better informing doctors, according to Abhinav Shashank, the chief executive officer of San Francisco-based startup Innovaccer . Shashank’s company is just wrapping up a $35 million round of financing with a new $11 million commitment from Microsoft’s investment arm M12 (formerly known as Microsoft Ventures). The corporate investor joins Westbridge, and Lightspeed Partners, who previously committed to the...
Tags: Health, TC, Microsoft, California, San Francisco, Tech, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Nebraska, Health Care, University Of California, Enterprise Software, Puerto Rico, Primary Care, Westbridge, Abhinav Shashank


Apple reportedly looking to subsidize Watch with Medicare plans

If nothing else, the addition of ECG/EKG reinforced Apple’s commitment to evolving the Watch into a serious medical device. The company has long looked to bring its best selling wearable to various health insurance platforms, and according to a new report, it’s reaching out to multiple private Medicare plans in hopes of subsidizing the product. If Medicare companies bite, the move would make the $279+ tracker much more successful for older users. Along with electrocardiograph functionality, l...
Tags: Apple, Health, Wearables, Tech, Medicare, National Institutes of Health, Apple Watch


Why Google engineers worked full-time to combat sex trafficking

When the government seized classified-ads site Backpage, forcing it to shut down in April, it became a lot harder to find and locate potential victims of sex trafficking. While it was symbolically good that the site, whose CEO later pled guilty to charges of sex trafficking, shut down, it created a significant technical challenge for law enforcement and the organizations trying to help prevent sex-trafficking, Google Senior Software Engineer Sam Ainsley told TechCrunch. “Once Backpage was gone, ...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Developer, Washington, Tech, Diversity, Washington Dc, Ashton Kutcher, Google.org, Thorn, Ainsley, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Backpage, Paul Morigi


23andMe updates its ancestry reports, but they’re still not perfect

23andMe, co-founded by CEO Anne Wojcicki, has deployed its latest update, featuring interactive ancestry details, cultural insights about food, art, language, and the option to order a physical ancestry book. Starting today, customers will be able to see more granular ancestry results from more than 1,000 regions, as well as 33 population-specific pages about cultural information. Before this update, 23andMe simply said I was 12 percent Brtish and Irish. Now, it’s able to break down where in ...
Tags: Health, TC, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Genetics, Ireland, Cameroon, Congo, DNA testing, 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, Ancestry, University of Kansas, Ogun State, Department of Anthropology


Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science

A new study is making waves in the worlds of tech and psychology by questioning the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-being. The researchers claim is that the science doesn’t agree because it’s bad science. So is screen time good or bad? It’s not that simple. The conclusions only make the mildest of claims about screen time, essentially that as defined it has about as much effect on well-being as potato consumption. Instin...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Science, Social Media, Tech, Oxford, Statistics, Oxford University, Orben, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Amy Orben


AI Diagnoses Genetic Disorders Using Facial Photos

While doctors can identify genetic disorders with an accuracy between 70% and 75%, DeepGestalt—an AI project by FDNA—can do so with accuracy of 90% and over. By analyzing the face piece-by-piece, the system finds a corresponding disorder for that crop, moves on to the next and then pools the results to find the most proper diagnosis for the patient. For the 8% of the population that’s …
Tags: Health, Design, Tech, Treatment, Health Care, Ai, Diagnosis, Wellbeing, Linkaboutit, Genetic Disorders, DeepGestalt


Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019

This week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed with many of the year’s biggest new devices. But over the last several years, The Sands has become the place where the real magic happens. The segment of the show known as Eureka Park is where the startups and accelerators congregate, often times showing off products that are still years away. A quick walk around the floor (insofar as someone can walk quickly with that much humanity slowly shuffling through the halls) sheds a lot of light ...
Tags: Hardware, Sleep, Tech, Meditation, Mental Health, Fda, Las Vegas Convention Center, Eureka Park, CES 2019


The clinical burden of documentation

The purpose of clinical documentation is to efficiently communicate critical data to peers in a readable fashion while meeting compliance and billing requirements. This documentation should not represent a data dump. Physicians continually increase our dependence on technology as the digital age deluges us with data. Accessing the right information at the right time is […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Primary Care, Health IT, PA NP, CRNA


Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it

Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. But even more alarming is that Bing will suggest related keywords and images that provide pedophiles with more child pornography. Following an anonymous tip, TechCrunch commissioned a report from online safety startup AntiToxin to investigate. The results were alarming. [WARNING: Do not search for the terms discussed in this article on Bing or elsewhere as you could be committing a crime. AntiToxin is closely s...
Tags: Health, Google, Google Play, Security, TC, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Search, Policy, Bellevue, Bing, Microsoft Bing, Child Exploitation


Electronics giant Philips invests in monitoring and information platform for expecting mothers

The international electronics and medical device giant Philips is pushing further into pregnancy and childcare services by leading a $6 million early stage investment in the pregnancy-focused app-developer and device manufacturer,  Babyscripts.  The Washington, DC-based company works with hospitals and healthcare providers to distribute a medical device and mobile app for monitoring blood pressure and providing neonatal care information for expecting mothers. According to Babyscripts co-founder...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Electronics, Pregnancy, Tech, Fertility, United States, Washington Dc, Women's Health, Philips, Birth Control, Segura, Partner, Monitoring, Babyscripts


Fitness marketplace ClassPass acquires competitor GuavaPass

ClassPass, the five-year-old fitness marketplace startup with $239 million in financing, is acquiring competitor GuavaPass, which was founded by Rob Pachter and Jeffrey Liu in 2015. ClassPass is in the midst of an expansion sprint, both domestically and internationally. The company is hyper-focused on Asian markets, where GuavaPass had carved out its own place with 75 studio partners across 11 cities, including Abu Dhabi, Bnagkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumb...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Singapore, Tech, Fritz Lanman, Exit, Classpass, Guavapass, Lanman, Rob Pachter, Jeffrey Liu


The Apple Watch’s ECG feature could save many lives. But only if it has something else.

Recently the Apple Watch’s latest feature went live – an electrocardiogram (ECG) app that monitors irregular heart rhythms. The internet is overflowing with reports from people didn’t know they had irregular heartbeats until they took their data to their doctors and received diagnoses of atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common cause of stroke. As neurologists who […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Neurology, Mobile Health, Cardiology, PA NP, CRNA


Investors and entrepreneurs need to address the mental health crisis in startups

Jake Chapman Contributor Share on Twitter Jake Chapman is a managing partner at Alpha Bridge Partners. More posts by this contributor Driving the new American century Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy Colin Kroll, was the co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, both consumer sensations that brought joy to millions; Anthony Bourdain, had been a chef, journali...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Column, Business, Entrepreneurship, Robin Williams, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Mental Health, Innovation, Vine, Private Equity, CRM, Startup Company, Founders


Iota Biosciences raises $15M to produce in-body sensors smaller than a grain of rice

Fitness trackers and heart rate monitors are all well and good, but if you want to track activity inside the body, the solutions aren’t nearly as convenient. Iota Biosciences wants to change that with millimeter-wide sensors that can live more or less permanently in your body and transmit what they detect wirelessly, and a $15 million series A should put them well on their way. The team emerged from research at UC Berkeley, where co-founders Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz were working on impro...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Fda, Ultrasound, UC Berkeley, Medtech, Lagos, Implants, Shanda, Carmena, TechCrunch s Startup Battlefield


Getting to a minimum viable product (MVP) health care app: Partner with physicians

Over the course of several years, IBM’s fledgling Watson for Oncology program has received a wide range of reviews. Among them is a harsh critique published by Gizmodo.  The article is filed under the keywords “AI,” “Watson,” “health,” “health care,” and “Doctor: This product is a piece of shit.” The last keyword is courtesy of […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Ibm, Watson, Mobile Health, Gizmodo, Primary Care, PA NP, CRNA


We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018

At the beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be hilarious to read a book about breaking up with your smartphone on my smartphone (stupid, I know). Within a couple of chapters, however, I was motivated enough to download Moment, a screen time tracking app recommende...
Tags: Psychology, Iphone, Apple, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Pinterest, Stanford, Tech, Smartphone, Reddit, Moment, Tim Kendall, Screen Time


How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro Cigarettes-maker Altria this week, and an explosion in popularity of vaping amongst teenagers and the rest of the population. Game recognize game, and Al...
Tags: Apple, Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Tobacco, South Park, Cdc, Opinion, Funding, Israel, US, Tech


Bellabeat’s new hybrid smartwatch tracks your stress…and goes with your outfit

Bellabeat, the company behind a variety of health and wellness wearable devices aimed at women, is now selling its first smartwatch. The device, which is simply called “Time,” was announced earlier this month right in the midst of holiday shopping season. Like other fitness trackers, the watch is capable of basic tasks like counting your steps, tracking sleep patterns, and reminding you to move. But unlike traditional smartwatches -which, aesthetically, are still very much just a screen on yo...
Tags: Apple, Health, Wellness, Gadgets, Wearable, Fitness, Fitness Tracker, Smartwatch, Time, Women, Tech, Watch, Apple Watch, Bellabeat, Michael Kors, Urska Srsen


CherryHome raises $5.2M to apply AI to home care cameras, detecting behaviour changes

A new startup using AI to look after elderly people at home has raised a new round of funding to apply its platform to detect changes in gait or behavior, falls or stumbles. In other words, it could start to predict changes in long-term health. CherryHome, the home AI security system created by startup Cherry Labs, has raised $5.2 million in funding from GSR Ventures to drive the technology’s use for in-home senior care. CherryHome uses its proprietary computer vision algorithms to interpret cam...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Caregiving, Bay Area, GSR Ventures, Imaging, Cherry Labs, Max Goncharov, CherryHome


Keeping up with the rapid developments in mobile health technology

I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long meeting sponsored by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The goal was to help HRS develop recommendations for physicians and industry on providing patients access to information generated by wearable and implantable cardiac electronic devices.  The organizers invited me to provide the viewpoint of an educated patient. I can’t […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Health IT, Cardiology, PA NP, Heart Rhythm Society HRS, CRNA


Juul Labs gets $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro maker Altria Group

After a long year fighting underage use of its products, Juul Labs has today struck a deal with Altria Group, the owners of Philip Morris USA and makers of Marlboro cigarettes. The deal values Juul at $38 billion, according to Bloomberg, and injects the company with a fresh $12.8 billion in exchange for a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs. Here’s what Juul Labs CEO Kevin Burns had to say in a prepared statement: We understand the controversy and skepticism that comes with an affiliation and partners...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Funding, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Fda, Juul, Cronos, Altria, Altria Group, Big Tobacco, Kevin Burns, Scott Gottlieb


Teeth aligner startup Candid opens physical locations in SF

Candid, a teeth aligner startup that aims to make straight teeth more accessible and more affordable than Invisalign, is evolving its direct-to-consumer business. In addition to its at-home impression process, Candid recently started enabling people to come into a physical office to get their teeth scans completed. Today, Candid is opening physical storefronts in San Francisco, Austin, Columbus, Ohio and Santa Monica, Calif. This is in addition to the two locations in New York City, one in Bo...
Tags: Health, Startups, Boston, New York City, Dentist, Tech, Fda, Greycroft, Greenfield, Santa Monica Calif, WEST HOLLYWOOD Calif, Candid, American Association of Orthodontists, SmileDirectClub, Nick Greenfield, San Francisco Austin Columbus Ohio


Teeth aligner startup Candid opens up physical locations in SF

Candid, a teeth aligner startup that aims to make straight teeth more accessible and more affordable than Invisalign, is evolving its direct-to-consumer business. In addition to its at-home impression process, Candid recently started enabling people to come into a physical office to get their teeth scans completed. Today, Candid is opening physical storefronts in San Francisco, Austin, Columbus, Ohio and Santa Monica, Calif. This is in addition to the two locations in New York City, one in Bo...
Tags: Health, Startups, Boston, New York City, Dentist, Tech, Fda, Greycroft, Greenfield, Santa Monica Calif, WEST HOLLYWOOD Calif, Candid, American Association of Orthodontists, SmileDirectClub, San Francisco Austin Columbus Ohio


Zwift, which turns indoor cycling workouts into multiplayer games, raises $120M

Fitness and gaming have been two of the most popular categories of apps for years, and now a startup founded out of London that has combined the two in a unique way has picked up a big round of funding to capitalise on that. Zwift, an interactive platform for people to turn indoor cycling workouts into massive, multi-participant races, social rides, and immersive explorations of new domains, has raised $120 million — money that its co-founder and CEO, Eric Min, said will be used to expand to mor...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, London, Fitness, California, France, Funding, America, Tech, Cycling, Innsbruck, Jp Morgan


Naked, the World’s First Home Body Scanner

Track body fat percentage, key measurements and much more from the comfort of your own home Technology for working out at home (like Tonal), measuring tools (like the Apple Watch and Withings Steel Fitness Tracker) and DNA-informed diet and fitness programs we have an array of physical and digital tools available at accessible prices to help guide, track and motivate us. Naked is an in-home 3D-body scanner that keeps …
Tags: Health, Design, Tech, Weight Loss, Naked, Gyms, Fitness Trackers, Wellbeing, Naked Labs, Digital Fitness, Withings Steel Fitness Tracker


K Health raises $25m for its AI-powered primary care platform

K Health , the startup providing consumers with an AI-powered primary care platform, has raised $25 million in series B funding. The round was led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, Primary Ventures, BoxGroup, Bessemer Venture Partners and Max Ventures – all previous investors from the company’s seed or Series A rounds. Co-founded and led by former Vroom CEO and Wix co-CEO, Allon Bloch, K Health (previously Kang Health) looks to equ...
Tags: Health, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Crowdfunding, China, Funding, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare, Doctors, Venture Capital



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