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By Jeff Lagasse August 15, 2017
Parents of growing children have a checklist of things to monitor: ears, eyes, body temperature, the works. Yet aside from scheduling a visit with the doctor, there aren’t a whole lot of ways to check for signs of scoliosis. That’s where SpineScreen enters the picture.   Developed by Shriner’s Hospital for Children, SpineScreen is a free app available from the app store and Google Play. It...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Touchscreen insulin pump maker Tandem Diabetes announced a new clinical trial for an insulin pump with a predictive low glucose suspend (PLGS) algorithm. Another step on the road to an artificial pancreas, PLGS allows Tandem to automatically suspend insulin delivery when it predicts low glucose and resume it when glucose starts to rise again. “The start of this pivotal trial is another important...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
By Jonah Comstock August 14, 2017
Panasonic has launched a new nurse communication system for senior living facilities. The offering combines some of Panasonic's existing communication tools with a new software called Direct Care Connect. The result is that all the alarms in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility are routed through a single hub and intelligently assigned to particular caregivers, who can either be connected...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2017
As implantable CGM company Senseonics continues to wait for clearance from the FDA, the company isn't sitting on its hands. On a Q2 earnings call, CEO Tim Goodnow reported that the company continues to expand its operations in Europe, is close to a CE Mark for a longer-lasting second generation device, and is partnering with Roche and Type Zero on an artificial pancreas study with an eye on...
By Jeff Lagasse August 10, 2017
MC10, which focuses on wearable sensor systems geared toward tracking personalized health, is teaming up with the rehabilitation research hospital Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The goal: to collaborate on the development of new approaches to neurodegenerative and motion-related disability therapy.   “MC10’s technology has the potential to reshape...
By Jonah Comstock August 9, 2017
Brisbane, Australia-based digital health company ResApp has been talking up its Smartcough-C study — a multisite, double-blind study of the company’s smartphone-based respiratory analysis software — for a number of months. Conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and Texas Children’s Hospital, the trial was intended to support ResApp’s FDA submission for a number of...
By Jeff Lagasse August 9, 2017
Azumio, a health and fitness platform, is tag-teaming with personal genomics company Helix to bring DNA sequencing to consumers. The former is introducing full-exome DNA-based insights into its Calorie Mama AI app, with the goal of giving users a means of reaching their fitness goals through greater personalization. Calorie Mama AI is a smart camera app that simplifies calorie and nutrition...
By Jonah Comstock August 8, 2017
iRhythm Technologies, maker of the ZIO patch peel-and-stick heart monitor, announced on its second quarter earnings call that it increased its revenue 52 percent year over year (for a total revenue of $23.9 million) and achieved its first cash flow break-even quarter. CEO Kevin King also shared a rough timetable for the company's forthcoming Zio AT product, which received FDA clearance in June....
By Jeff Lagasse August 8, 2017
Kavya Kopparapu might be considered something of a “whiz kid.” After all, she had yet to enter her senior year of high school when she started Eyeagnosis, a smartphone app and 3D-printed lens that allows patients to be screened for diabetic retinopathy with a quick photo, avoiding the time and expense of a typical diagnostic procedure.   In June 2016, Kopparapu’s grandfather had recently been...