By  Mallory Hackett 12:28 pm April 9, 2021
Researchers at General Electric are set to begin research into how they can turn commonly-used surfaces into COVID-19-detecting devices, the company announced this week. The GE Research team has received a 24-month grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop miniature sensors that can be embedded into mobile devices in order to detect COVID-19 particles on their surfaces. “We all come...
screenshot of EndeavorRX gameplay

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By  Mallory Hackett 10:41 am April 9, 2021
Akili Interactive, the maker of the FDA De Novo-authorized digital therapeutic EndeavorRx, will be testing its video game ADHD treatment as a potential treatment for cognitive impairments in COVID-19 survivors. Through collaborations with Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Akili will conduct two separate randomized, controlled clinical...
COVID-19 test

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By  Sara Mageit 07:26 am April 9, 2021
DACADOO AND DIG ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP IN LIFESTYLE INSURANCE Swiss health tech and insurtech company, dacadoo and Amsterdam-based Digital Insurance Group (DIG) are partnering up to expand their set of insurtech solutions for banking, insurance and brokers. Using a new quote & buy products set to improve the underwriting process for life operators, the partnership aims to establish real-time...
Fitbit Sense smartwatch

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By  Mallory Hackett 02:52 pm April 8, 2021
Fitbit is gearing up for its latest research initiative, this time focusing on how its smartwatches can measure blood pressure without the traditional arm-cuff method, according to a company blog post. Beginning this month, U.S. Fitbit Sense users who are at least 20 years old can participate in the study. It will look into how pulse arrival time (PAT) can be used to measure blood pressure. PAT...
Heart Health
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By  Laura Lovett 02:12 pm April 8, 2021
Direct-to-consumer ECGs could have a role in care for patients post atrial fibrillation ablation, according to a recent study published in the Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal.   Cleveland Clinic researchers found that patients using AliveCor Kardia Mobile required fewer follow up EGCs or cardiac monitoring than their peers in the control group. In the study, patients were able to record...
By  Tammy Lovell 06:52 am April 8, 2021
Origami is more traditionally associated with the art of paper folding, but one British startup is using the technique to develop a treatment for brain aneurysms. Oxford Endovascular Ltd has raised $10 million in Series A funding for its OxiFlow solution, which aims to overcome challenges with existing medical devices. Vulpes Investment Management led the round, with the Additio Investment Group...
Amgen, Liva Healthcare

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By  Sara Mageit 06:38 am April 8, 2021
European digital health coaching company, Liva Healthcare and global biotechnology organisation, Amgen, have announced a partnership to make cardiac rehabilitation accessible to patients following a heart attack. The collaboration will enable the companies to develop Rehab+, a digital tele-rehabilitation solution that allows patients to assess their lifestyle post-heart attack. The new platform...
electronic artificial urinary sphincter

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By  Sara Mageit 04:44 am April 8, 2021
Grenoble-based developer and manufacturer of the electronic artificial urinary sphincter (eAUS), UroMems has raised an additional €7 million in the second round of its Series B financing which was completed in May 2020. The additional investment was provided by existing investors including Hil-Invent GmbH, Financière Arbevel, Wellington Partners, Bpifrance, via its FABS fund, Supernova Invest and...
MySugr and Novo Nordisk

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By  Laura Lovett 02:53 pm April 7, 2021
Roche's diabetes management app mySugr's Logbook is now integrating with Novo Nordisk's connected insulin pens: the NovoPen 6 and NovoPen Echo Plus. Patients will be able connect the mySugr Logbook to their smart-pen device in order to create more data set and reports with more insights. According to the companies, the goal is to be able to share more insights with healthcare providers in order...

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By  Emma Murphy 02:01 pm April 7, 2021
Student athletes will now be donning Fitbits in an effort to study the connection between illnesses and wearable device tracking.  On April 1, the Pac-12 Conference announced a research collaboration with Fitbit and researchers at Stanford Medicine to study whether wearable devices can help detect and track infectious diseases like COVID-19.  About 1,000 student athletes across all Pac-12...