Consumer

By Heather Mack February 14, 2017
At-home testing kit company myLab Box has expanded its services with the addition of six new tests for sexually transmitted diseases, bringing the company’s total offerings to 10 tests sold in the United States. The company launched the new tests in response to increasing rates of STDs in the country, along with the uncertain future of healthcare services under a new administration. The new tests...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2017
In the 1970s at Stanford University, psychology researchers put children in a room with marshmallows to test their impulse control. The study, and its follow-up studies, are considered landmark explorations of the ideas of willpower and impulsivity. Now a group of researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cornell Tech, and Sage Bionetworks -- supported by the Robert Wood...
By Heather Mack February 13, 2017
Big box wholesaler Sam’s Club is wading into digital health territory via a new partnership with digital health kiosk company higi, offering free, self-service health screening to 622 Sam’s Club locations with pharmacies around the country. Chicago-based higi’s kiosks allow users to self-check their blood pressure, pulse, weight and body mass index as well as integrate with over 80 health devices...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2017
More than two years ago, when Apple first added a list of diabetes management apps to its app store, we covered the list of 13 top picks. A lot can change in a few years, however. And while a few of those same apps still appear on Apple’s current list of 12 diabetes management apps, there’s plenty of new names — though not all new to MobiHealthNews readers — as well. Read on for Apple’s current...
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2017
Fitbit's alleged theft of trade secrets from Jawbone, already the subject of a closed ITC case and an ongoing civil court, is being investigated in a third and more serious venue: a criminal grand jury probe, conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, that has been looking into the matter for five months, according to a new court filing by Jawbone. Bloomberg...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2017
Wearable activity tracker company Jawbone has been in dire straits for the better part of a year now, losing key executives, dumping its speaker business, reportedly selling out of its inventory (the company has fervently denied those reports), and not announcing any new products for several years. Last we heard, the company's planned hail mary was a more clinically-focused wearable, likely...
By Heather Mack February 2, 2017
How data gleaned from elite athletes’ wearables devices can be made profitable is still a largely unanswered question. But in the NBA, it's now been made clear one way that won't happen. As SportTechie reports, the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement specifically bans teams from using wearable data in contract negotiations or player transactions. While teams can use the data to monitor player...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2017
VivaLnk, a Santa Clara-based connected health startup, has received FDA clearance for its first device, a peel-and-stick continuous thermometer for children called Fever Scout. VivaLnk announced Fever Scout at CES 2015 and originally planned to launch it that year, but has delayed the launch more than once. FDA clearance could mean the device will finally hit the market soon. Update: VivaLnk...
By Heather Mack January 31, 2017
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, which offers a digital platform for consumers to order and provide samples for a suite of lab tests and receive results in an easy-to-read online report, has added tests for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV to their repertoire. The new offerings mark EverlyWell’s move into testing for specific conditions and offering diagnoses. When they initially...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2017
Fitbit will lay off 110 employees, 6 percent of its global workforce, as part of a reorganization designed to save the company $200 million in operating expenses after the wearable leader underperformed in the fourth quarter. The Information broke the story yesterday, saying as many as 10 percent of Fitbit's employees might be laid off, but the company's announcement today confirmed the lower...