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Fitbit Flyer headphones lawsuit filed
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2018
Wearables maker Jawbone may be out of business, but its beef with rival Fitbit lives on apparently in the form of a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday from the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The indictment, for theft of trade secrets, names the same six employees named in Jawbone's civil suit against Fitbit, but does not name Fitbit itself. The indictment includes new...

Scientist working in the lab at Helix. Photo courtesy of Helix. 

By Laura Lovett June 15, 2018
In the last few years consumer genomics has grown in both its offerings and legitimacy. The industry that was once best known for telling clients if they were Italian or Hungarian is now securing its foothold within the healthcare space.    Whether it is uniting women switched at birth 72-years prior or settling neighborly feuds, consumer genomics have caught the public’s interest. The highest...
By Dave Muoio June 13, 2018
SleepScore Labs — a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors best known for its contactless, bedside sleep quality measurement device — has launched a new offering that relies only on the user’s smartphone. The SleepScore App uses the phone’s speakers as a SONAR system by projecting inaudible soundwaves around the bedroom. Once these reflect off of the user’s...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...
By Jonah Comstock June 7, 2018
In addition to a Health Records API and various fitness updates to the Apple Watch, Apple made one more health announcement last week at WWDC: a slew of upgrades to ResearchKit including hearing, vision, and speech tests; an updated UI; and a new research API for monitoring Parkinson's tremors and dyskinesia. "One of the identifiable symptoms of Parkinson’s is a tremor and this API monitors for...
Former Apple CEO John Sculley speaks with Wainwright Fishburn, of Cooley LLP during the BIO18 event on Wednesday.

Former Apple CEO John Sculley speaks with Wainwright Fishburn, of Cooley LLP during the BIO18 event on Wednesday.

By Dave Muoio June 6, 2018
When it comes to the challenges of raising an up-and-coming young company into a major player in its industry, former Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley is no spring chicken. A serial entrepreneur and investor across numerous industries ranging from consumer technology to data management to telecommunications, Sculley has set his sights on the healthcare and currently serves as the chairman of...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2018
Unlike other years, health wasn't a major focus at this year's WWDC Apple developer conference keynote — the talk didn't feature a single reference to HealthKit, CareKit, or ResearchKit, in fact. Still, there was some health-related content. Apple delivered on some new fitness tracking features on the Apple Watch, and unveiled a suite of tools aimed at improving users' mental health by helping...
By MobiHealthNews June 1, 2018
Telemedicine continues to move from the peripheries of healthcare into the mainstream. Earlier this week, a national review of 145 telemedicine studies conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded that the technology likely improves access to care and has clinical benefits in acute and chronic care. This report also found less robust evidence that telemedicine in these...
By Dave Muoio May 31, 2018
Oshi Health, a digital startup focused on digestive health, has launched a mobile app specifically designed to help inflammatory bowel disease patients understand and manage their condition. “What’s interesting about inflammatory bowel disease is that patients have very unique, individualized experiences,” Oshi CEO Daniel Weinstein told MobiHealthNews. “Some patients experience frequent,...
By Laura Lovett May 31, 2018
It's official — Eric Carreel, cofounder of French health tech company Withings, has bought back Nokia’s digital health division two years after it was sold to the Finnish tech giant. Carreel plans to relaunch the Withings brand by the end of 2018, according to a statement. “I am delighted to start working again with the brilliant teams that made the brand such a great success,” Carreel said in a...

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