Consumer

By Sophie Porter 06:55 am February 12, 2020
A study published in the BMJ has advised against the use of apps to assess the risk of skin cancer. Primarily targeted at catching early-stage melanoma by photographing suspicious skin lesions on a smartphone, the apps were found to be subject to “poor and variable performance”, in spite of one having gained CE marking. The discrepancy has led the authors to condemn the European regulatory...
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm February 11, 2020
The accuracy of wearables employing photoplethysmography (PPG)-based heart rate sensors may vary significantly between specific devices and activity types, but these sensors’ performances do not appear to be significantly affected by the skin tone of the wearer, according to a new study published in NPJ Digital Medicine. The investigation, conducted by Duke University researchers among 53...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 11:32 am January 29, 2020
A new menopause health service has launched in California that offers women remote consultations and, for the first time, mail-order prescriptions of menopause hormone replacement therapies. Called CurieMD, the telemedicine platform offers consumers video consultation with a board-certified midlife health practitioners (free at launch, and $39 for follow-up appointments). Should that practitioner...
By MobiHealthNews 02:27 pm January 28, 2020
Unfortunately for us, MobiHealthNews doesn’t have a crystal ball (it would be darn useful for getting scoops). But we do have more than a decade’s worth of experience tracking the emergence of this space and we spend a lot of our time talking to smart people with industry experience and opinions of their own.  As we enter into a new decade in 2020, your MobiHealthNews staff has put our heads...
By Dave Muoio 01:40 pm January 27, 2020
Abbott’s Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system has received an expanded clearance from the FDA that now permits the targeted stimulation of a new area of the brain associated with Parkinson’s disease symptoms. By now targeting the internal globus pallidus alongside the subthalamic nucleus and ventral intermediate nucleus, the company says that its system “is now the only directional DBS...
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:50 am January 27, 2020
Globally, one in two individuals are estimated to experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, according to the OECD, which can impact their overall health and relationships.  However, with healthcare systems around the world grappling with challenges including an increasing burden of chronic disease and ageing populations, efforts to improve access to services in this area are sometimes...
By Laura Lovett 04:01 pm January 23, 2020
23andMe has laid off 100 employees across its consumer business, the genomics company confirmed to MobiHealthNews.   This news come amidst disappointing sales numbers, according to CNBC, which first reported the story. In an interview with CNBC’s Chrissy Farr, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki discussed potential factors contributing to what she sees as a market cooldown, top of the list being customers...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm January 23, 2020
A handful of fitness and workout chains will begin doling out monetary rewards to members who have connected their Apple Watches or other Apple-branded services to the partner company’s digital ecosystem, according to the Cupertino tech company. As part of the newly unveiled Apple Watch Connected program, Crunch Fitness, Orangetheory, YMCA and Basecamp have kicked off incentive programs with...
By Tammy Lovell 08:30 am January 21, 2020
EuroLeague basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv is testing new sleep technology in the hope that it will be able to reduce players’ travel fatigue, preventing injuries and optimising recovery.   It is the first professional team in the world to trial the solution by Israeli app makers Sleeprate. The Boost - Sleep for Performance technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms based on elite...