Consumer

By Laura Lovett November 24, 2017
Eating healthily is a major issue for many Americans, especially during the holiday season. Only one in 10 adults meets the federal fruit and vegetable requirement, according to a study published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which can cause heart disease, stroke and...
By Laura Lovett November 22, 2017
Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients.  Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free.  The app is part of the Newton, Massachusetts-based company The...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2017
Just half a decade ago, Nike was among the driving forces bringing fitness wearables to the mainstream. The consumer footwear and athletic apparel company launched its FuelBand fitness tracker in 2012, and a year later stood alongside Fitbit and Jawbone as one of the only major players to hold a substantial share of the wearable retail market. Now, five years later, the wearable has been...
By Dave Muoio November 16, 2017
San Francisco-based Spire is looking to take the work out of wearables. Instead of a device that needs to be regularly removed, recharged, or otherwise adjusted, the company’s newly announced sensor can remain unobtrusively attached to any article of clothing with no need to worry about battery life or the laundry machine. “In our view, the fundamental user experience problem that wearables face...
By Laura Lovett November 14, 2017
A new study showed that Cardiogram’s deep neural network technology, called DeepHeart, can detect hypertension and sleep apnea. The study was recently presented at the American Heart Association.  “Those are important conditions because they affect more than a billion people,” cofounder of Cardiogram Brandon Ballinger told MobiHealthNews. “Hypertension affects one in three people in the developed...
By Dave Muoio November 10, 2017
SleepScore Labs — a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors — has announced a new non-contact sleep improvement device available for consumer purchase. From the user’s bedside, the SleepScore Max ($149.99) measures a number of different sleep-affecting variables including respiration, body movement, duration, and environmental qualities such as temperature and...
By Laura Lovett November 9, 2017
Electronic muscle stimulation has been a well-known practice in athletic circles for years but it's typically only available on bulky machines. But workout enthusiasts will soon have access to a new electronic muscle stimulation device that connects to an app on Apple and Android phones. Powerdot recently announced the launch of its product that uses EMS, or e-stim, which aims to enhance...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2017
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced today that the agency intends to make a major change to its regulatory process around direct-to-consumer genetic health risk (GHR) tests. Specifically, the agency is creating a framework that will allow companies to bypass premarket certification for individual tests once they submit to a one-time review of their processes, an approach reminiscent of the...
By Jonah Comstock November 1, 2017
After a rough third quarter, Under Armour has made it known that it is giving up on its UA Healthbox offering and all three of the connected devices that make it up. The company will continue to make some hardware in the form of connected apparel, and will continue to support its connected fitness apps, as well as recently-announced software offerings for Samsung Gear smartwatches. "Our first...
By Dave Muoio October 30, 2017
Mountain View, California-based Second Opinion Health is seeing strong feedback since recently exiting stealth mode for release of its first product Migraine Alert, an app that provides personalized predictions of migraine episodes for people with intermittent migraines. The company's app, currently being offered direct to consumers, is being studied at the Mayo Clinic in trials backed by...