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Hims launches group therapy services as first foray into broader mental health initiative

Hims, the startup consumer health brand providing out-of-pocket physician services online, has launched group therapy services through its Hims and Hers brands as part of an initial push into mental health services. The company first began exploring opportunities to expand into the mental health category around eight months ago, and accelerated its pace to respond to increased consumer demand cery aused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and wellness has become a huge business opportunit...
Tags: Health, TC, Articles, Tech, Meditation, Mental Health, Acne, Depression, Diabetes, Disability, Healthcare, Telemedicine, Erectile Dysfunction, Forerunner Ventures, University Of Southern California, Carroll


Animated LED Face Mask Reminds Others to Stay Six Feet Away

Being stuck at home for weeks on end has given the world’s hardware hackers some extra time to come up with some truly wonderful creations. Chelsea Klukas, a Product Design Manager at Oculus who’s also known for her experiments merging fashion and tech, has created an LED face mask that could be the most coveted…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Safety, Tech, Hacks, LEDs, Oculus, Face Masks, Chelsea Klukas, Lumen Couture


Dyson Redesigned Its High-Maintenance Humidifier So It Now Cleans Itself

Today Dyson introduced its most all-in-one machine yet with the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool that promises to thoroughly clean and moisturize the air in your home. More importantly, the machine might be one of Dyson’s biggest product redesigns yet, completely rethinking the company’s original humidifier that was fraught…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Fans, Hygiene, Dyson, Humidifiers, Consumer Tech, Dyson Pure Humidifycool, Dyson Pure Humidifycool Cryptomic


As demand for mental health services soars, SonderMind raises $27 million to expand its services

“Our real focus is on democratizing mental healthcare,” says SonderMind co-founder chief executive, Mark Frank. His company, founded back in 2017, is having a moment. With the restrictions and economic stresses caused by the government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US, demand for mental health services is soaring. And it’s compounding what was already a mental health crisis in the US.  A 2019 article from Bloomberg Businessweek laid out the scope of the pro...
Tags: Health, TC, Texas, Colorado, US, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Mental Health, United States, Healthcare, Arizona, Oscar, Healthcare Industry, Bloomberg Businessweek, Health Care


Facebook starts prompting US users to fill out a COVID-19 survey to help track the virus

Starting today, some U.S. Facebook users will see a new pop-up on the app asking them to fill-out a survey about COVID-19. The survey, from Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi epidemiological research center, is one of many new symptom mapping projects that seek to anticipate where the next wave of the virus will hit as COVID-19 sweeps through populations the world over. As if often the case in research, the challenge for these symptom mapping efforts is attracting a large enough sample of re...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, New York, Pinterest, US, Tech, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon, Delphi, Weill Cornell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing

A new COVID-19 vaccine candidate is entering Phase 1 clinical human testing today, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted an application from Inovio Pharmaceuticals under the regulator’s Investigational New Drug program. Inovio plans to inject its first volunteer test subject with the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate it has developed, following promising results from preclinical studies performed on animals that did indicate increased immune response. The Inovio DNA vaccine can...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Tech, Pennsylvania, Vaccination, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Vaccine, Bill, Biotech, Vaccines, Kansas City, Melinda Gates, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Perelman School of Medicine


Creative Destruction Lab launches a new startup program dedicated to COVID-19 response

Global academic science and tech startup accelerator program Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is adding a dedicated stream to its existing areas of focus, which include AI, health sciences, space, quantum computing, blockchain, energy, and oceans. The new addition is a timely one: CDL Recovery, which is designed to help turn science and research work into scalable products and services to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, in terms of both its effects on public health and on the...
Tags: Health, Energy, Startups, TC, Technology, Articles, Tech, University of Toronto, Food Production, Telemedicine, Quantum Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, CDL, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, Telehealth


'Magic toilet' could monitor users' health, say researchers

System of sensors and cameras would turn loo into ‘daily clinic’ and detect problems earlyA smart toilet boasting pressure sensors, artificial intelligence and a camera has been unveiled by researchers who say it could provide a valuable way to keep tabs on our health.The model is the latest version of an idea that has been around for several years: a system that examines our daily movements in an effort to spot the emergence of diseases. Such an approach, experts say, has an advantage over wear...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, US news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Artificial intelligence (AI


Researchers develop emergency ventilator based on resuscitation bags used in ambulances

The need for innovative solutions to address shortages in crucial medical equipment is greater than ever, and a new initiative from a global team of biomedical engineering experts is a perfect example. The team developed a way for resuscitation bags – common pieces of equipment carried by ambulances and paramedics around the world, and typically in strong supply at hospitals – to be repurposed as emergency ventilator hardware. Georgia Tech and Emory University biomedical engineering professor Su...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Hardware, Medicine, US, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, World Health Organization, Fda, Cranfield University, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Car Batteries, Ventilator


WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization in Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed-funds to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The regional office of the UN agency completed its first challenge earlier this month and will host a second, for French speaking Africa, in coming weeks, WHO’s Technical Officer Moredeck Chibi told TechCrunch. According to Dr. Chibi, the WHO-AFRO Digital Hackathon series aims to prompt tech applications — with specificity to Africa ...
Tags: Health, TC, Africa, Articles, Entrepreneur, Tech, E-commerce, World, South Africa, United Nations, Who, Kenya, World Health Organization, Un, Geneva, Ghana


Ventilator crisis lands Britain's manufacturers with greatest test

Dozens of companies have pooled resources in an attempt to produce tens of thousands of machines as Covid-19 strikesBritish manufacturing this month faces perhaps the greatest test in its history. Specialist firms have joined forces with industrial powerhouses such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce in an unprecedented collaborative effort to make medical ventilators to treat Covid-19 patients.In a conference call earlier this month, Boris Johnson urged business to make 30,000 of the devices in a matter ...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Technology, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Airbus, Manufacturing sector, Babcock International, Dyson Ltd, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress...
Tags: Apple, Health, Column, Florida, New York, California, Stanford, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Cms, United States, Medicare, Philadelphia, Bill, Houston


How Homage is tackling Southeast Asia’s growing eldercare need

The world’s population is aging, but the needs of elderly people are still being underserved. A United Nations report found that older people make up more than one-fifth of the population in 17 countries, and by 2100, a majority of the world’s population, or 61%, will be aged 60 and above. One of the most urgent needs for families is caregiving, with demand outstripping the pool of qualified providers. This means many people in their thirties and forties are now part of the “sandwich generation,...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Aging, Tech, Malaysia, Healthcare, United Nations, Caregiving, Seniors, Homage, Tee, Gillian Tee


Sleep apnea retrofit designed by doctors and engineers could help address ventilator shortage

The FDA has been working to adapt its policies and restrictions to respond to the growing need for unconventional solutions like shortages of medical equipment needed for treating COVID-19 patients. A group of doctors, engineers and medical researchers from UC Berkeley, UCSF and working hospitals has devised a creative solution to the ventilator shortage they’re hoping will meet FDA standards for emergency use authorization (EUA), working with readily available hardware and a stockpile of medica...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Fda, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Bay Area, EUA, CPAP, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Coronavirus, COVID-19, UC Berkeley UCSF


Emergent BioSolutions gets $14.5M in federal funding to expedite COVID-19 plasma therapy development

Last week, we spoke to the Head of Emergent BioSolutions’ Therapeutics Business Unit Dr. Laura Saward about her company’s work developing plasma-based potential treatments for COVID-19. Now, the company announced that it has received $14.5 million in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to speed the development of one of its treatment candidates. Emergent BioSolutions has been ...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Anatomy, Funding, Tech, Biotech, Plasma, Head, BARDA, U S Department of Health and Human Services HHS, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Laura Saward, Emergent BioSolutions


Elon Musk's BiPAP Machines May Be Better Than Nothing, at Least

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he’d be sending desperately needed “FDA-approved ventilators” to hard-hit hospitals across the nation dealing with the coronavirus crisis—but they haven’t been the high-grade kind needed to keep intensive care patients alive. Instead, those sent off so far appear to be Bilevel…Read more...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Tesla, Fda, CPAP, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Ventilators, Bipap


CDC is expected to tell Americans to wear cloth masks, save medical masks for health workers

On Thursday, the White House said that it will likely soon adjust previous guidelines that discouraged non-health workers from wearing face masks. The change would be issued as “guidance” from the CDC, but according to the president—who continues to hesitate at exerting federal power during the COVID-19 crisis—it will not be made mandatory. Supplies of medical-grade masks are still running critically low in many places hard hit—or soon to be hard hit—by the coronavirus. Due to ongoing shortages,...
Tags: Health, TC, South Korea, Japan, Cdc, White House, Los Angeles, Tech, Eric Garcetti, Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Jerome Adams, Cambridge University Press, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deborah Birx


FCC enacts $200M telehealth initiative to ease COVID-19 burden on hospitals

The FCC has developed and approved a $200 million program to fund telehealth services and devices for medical providers, just a week or so after the funding was announced. Hospitals and other health centers will be able to apply for up to $1 million to cover the cost of new devices, services and personnel. The unprecedented $2 trillion CARES Act includes heavy spending on all kinds of things, from direct payments to out-of-work citizens to bailouts for airlines and other big businesses. Among...
Tags: Health, Fcc, Government, Tech, House, Medicare, Telemedicine, HIPAA, Ajit Pai, Rosenworcel, Jessica Rosenworcel, Telehealth, Coronavirus, COVID-19, CARES Act, Telehealth Program


Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large US study of hydroxychloroquine’s ability to prevent COVID-19

Despite false assertions by the president to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment with special individual case authorizations, and small-scale clinical examinations. Nothing so far has approached the level of scrutiny needed to actually say anything definitively about their actual ability to treat COVID-19 or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, but the first large-scale U.S. cli...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, France, White House, China, US, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Disease, Fda, Biotech, Anthony Fauci, Henry Ford


Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large U.S. study of hydroxychloroquine’s ability to prevent COVID-19

Despite false assertions by the President to the contrary, any potential treatments to counter or prevent COVID-19 are still only at the stage of early investigations, which include one-off treatment with special individual case authorizations, and small-scale clinical examinations. Nothing so far has approached the level of scrutiny needed to actually say anything definitively about their actual ability to treat COVID-19 or the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, but the first large-scale U.S. cli...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, France, White House, China, Tech, United States, President, Healthcare, Disease, Fda, Biotech, Anthony Fauci, Henry Ford


Instacart to provide shoppers with face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers

Instacart will start providing health and safety kits to its full-service shoppers. These kits will include a face mask, hand sanitizer and a thermometer, the company announced today. The kits will be available for free to shoppers starting next week. Shoppers, according to Instacart, will be able to request a kit by registering with their Instacart shopper email address. In order to keep up with demand, Instacart will update its inventory daily. For in-store shoppers, Instacart will bring th...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Food, TC, Tech, Instacart, Nilam Ganenthiran, COVID-19, Gig Workers Collective Last


Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app

There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A new effort looks like the most comprehensive, well-organized and credibly backed yet — and it has been developed in part by Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann. Silbermann and a team from Pinterest enlisted the help of high school friend, and CRISPR gene-editing pioneer / MIT and Harvard...
Tags: Health, Android, TC, Apps, Crowdsourcing, Pinterest, Biology, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, United States, Photo Sharing, Cornell, Operating Systems


White House says it is ordering more companies to make ventilators

With national the stockpile’s inventory of life-saving healthcare equipment getting dangerously close to zero, President Trump on Thursday signaled that he will leverage a key national security provision to order additional companies to produce ventilators. Trump’s reluctance to employ the law known as the Defense Production Act (DPA) has puzzled many as the administration attempts to right the myriad early wrongs that allowed the novel coronavirus to spread within the nation’s borders—an unprec...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, White House, Tech, General-motors, Fema, Gm, Fox News, Homeland Security, Trump, Health And Human Services, Sean Hannity, DPA, Trump Administration, Alex Azar


Forward launches ‘Forward At Home’ primary care service to address COVID-19 healthcare crunch

The global coronavirus pandemic has already caused a tremendous strain on healthcare resources around the world, and it’s leading to a shift in how healthcare is offered. Startup Forward, which debuted in 2016 and has since expanded its tech-focused primary care medical practice to locations in major cities across the U.S., is launching a new initiative called ‘Forward At Home’ that reflects those changes and adapts its care model accordingly. Forward’s primary differentiator is its focus on ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Startups, TC, Cdc, China, Articles, Tesla, Ceo, United States, Healthcare, Biotech, Telemedicine, Aoun, Telehealth


Coronavirus: Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job

WASHINGTON  — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he’s received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration to assign him a security detail. Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force who appears almost daily on televised briefings and news shows, says there are things about his job that are “sometimes disturbing.” But Fauci, a plain-speaki...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Technology, News, Nbc, Washington, La, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, The Washington Post, Trump, HHS


Detroit to be first to deploy Abbott Labs’ 5-minute COVID-19 test, mayor says

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show that the city of Detroit is on track to be the first city to deploy Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test. The mayor said the test would be available for first responders. The goal, he said, was to test those first responders who are self-isolating but have yet to test positive for the virus. The city of Detroit received the Abbott Labs tests today, April 1. They will be available for use within the next 24 hours, the mayor said. T...
Tags: Health, TC, Washington Post, Tech, Cnn, Michigan, Fda, Detroit, Abbott, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Duggan, U S Food and Drug Administration, Abbott Labs, Miles White, Coronavirus, COVID-19


LinkedIn’s making its recruitment tools free to those fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with a bump of 55% more conversational activity between existing connections in recent weeks. Now, to leverage that attention in a way that’s more directly helpful during this health crisis, LinkedIn is introducing new measures specifically around job listings...
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, New York, Microsoft, China, Linkedin, Tech, NHS, Healthcare, Talent, Hiring, Barnes, Job Boards


LinkedIn’s making its job listing tools free to those recruiting to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Like many other websites at the moment, the career-oriented networking platform LinkedIn has seen a big boost in traffic as a result of people being asked to work from home and stay indoors overall to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with a bump of 55% more conversational activity between existing connections in recent weeks. Now, to leverage that attention in a way that’s more directly helpful during this health crisis, LinkedIn is announcing new measures specifically around job listings....
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, New York, Microsoft, China, Linkedin, Tech, NHS, Healthcare, Talent, Hiring, Barnes, Job Boards


Palantir provides COVID-19 tracking software to CDC and NHS, pitches European health agencies

As the floor drops out from under many startups, some tech companies are finding a path forward by meeting new government needs. Among them is Palantir, a secretive government-friendly big data operation that’s able to ingest vast amounts of information to visualize trends and track individuals—useful tasks as the spread of COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm healthcare systems and ravage economies. In mid-March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Palantir was working with the CDC to model the po...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Cdc, Tech, Gotham, Austria, NHS, Peter Thiel, Wall Street Journal, Palantir, Haiti, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Forbes, Trump, National Health Service NHS


ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection

An undertaking that involved combining massive amounts of graphics processing power could provide key leverage for researchers looking to develop potential cures and treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic. Immunotherapy startup ImmunityBio is working with Microsoft’s Azure to deliver a combined 24 petaflops of GPU computing capability for the purposes of modelling, in a very high degree of detail, the structure o the so-called “spike protein” that allows the SARS...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Nvidia, Vaccination, Machine Learning, Vaccine, Biotech, Viruses, Gpu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ImmunityBio



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