Jeff Lagasse

July 24, 2017
Weight loss app Lose It!, which boasts 30 million users and more than 50 million pounds lost, has launched embodyDNA, a DNA-based weight loss plan that personalizes results using an interactive app-based interface. Lose It! developed embodyDNA, which offers customized recommendations on food and beverage consumption and physical activities, in collaboration with Helix, a personal genomics company...
July 24, 2017
WebMD Health Corp., operators of the popular WebMD website, is being acquired by Internet Brands, a portfolio company of KKR, for about $2.8 billion. A subsidiary of Internet Brands will float a tender offer in the next 10 business days to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of WebMD common stock for $66.50 per share, to be paid in cash when the transaction’s a done deal. The...
July 21, 2017
The FDA has been a busy agency these past few months. The second quarter of 2017 has seen a flurry of clearances, many for technologies that continue the trend toward mobile, or even wearable devices. It’s been a good period for those with diabetes, sleep disorders and traumatic injury, not to mention those just looking to maintain and manage their health – with a little digital help, of course....
July 20, 2017
When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency. Dignity Health has been among the first to...
July 20, 2017
Protenus, a patient protection solution aimed at preventing health data breaches, has undergone a $3 million extension of its Series A funding round, led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures with participation from F-Prime Capital Partners and existing investor LionBird Venture Partners. The new investment will be used to bolster its product, expand its offerings and accelerate sales growth. The move...
July 20, 2017
Global digital health outfit DarioHealth Corp., which emphasises mobile health and data solutions, has been granted Pre-market Notification (510(k)) clearance for the Dario app on certain Android mobile devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dario is a glucose meter that syncs with a companion app. The device, which is small enough to fit in someone’s pocket, consists of a glucose...
July 19, 2017
Note: This article has been updated to clarify the claims being made by Milestone Scientific about its new technology. If Milestone Scientific has its way, epidural procedures will no longer be done blindly by feel.   The company has developed a technology that will be used for epidural procedures, and allows anesthesiologists and other clinicians the ability to determine the pressure at the tip...
July 19, 2017
On-skin sensors that monitor vital signs can often cause inflammation, but that may be about to change. According to a new study in Nature Nanotechnology, a new approach to this technology using a nanomesh structure could have positive implications for long-term health monitoring.   The new sensors are inflammation-free, are very gas permeable, and they’re thin and lightweight, without the use of...
July 18, 2017
Now that Runkeeper has joined ASICS as part of the latter’s recent acquisition, Dan Smith, Runkeeper’s CEO, will have a new role -- head of global digital for ASICS. Smith was chief operating officer at RunKeeper prior to becoming CEO in January, taking over for founder Jason Jacobs. Jacobs will remain on in an advisory role. “This has been a long time coming,” Jacobs wrote in a post on medium...
July 18, 2017
K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.   The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and...