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By Mallory Hackett 02:57 pm June 18, 2020
AARP Innovation Labs announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which aimed to create noninvasive tools to combat common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue and sleep disorders. EloCare won the top prize of $5,000 for the best two-system solution. Pride Chill and NYX Systems each collected $4,000 for the best one-system solution and the best retail-directed one-system...
By Laura Lovett 11:35 am June 18, 2020
It’s been a rocky road for the UK’s contact-tracing app. The U.K. is now turning back to using Apple and Google’s tracing model, BBC first reported. This news comes a little over a month after the U.K. announced its plans not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated contact-tracing tool, as originally planned, according to the BBC. At the time, the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health...

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By Sara Mageit 03:56 am June 18, 2020
Sweden-based, digital healthcare company, KRY (known as Livi outside of the Nordics) has announced that it has merged with healthcare company Helsa, which operates fourteen health centres across five regions in Sweden. WHAT’S THE IMPACT From mid-August, the merger will combine the benefits of digitalisation with physical health centres and enable KRY to treat more symptoms, whilst continuing to...
By Dave Muoio 03:15 pm June 17, 2020
Consumer virtual health and wellness brand Ro highlighted a new partnership with healthcare API company Ribbon Health that will help users and their virtual providers seek out in-person primary and specialty care services in their area. Accessible within the telehealth platform, the new capability is available across the U.S., and includes information on the types of insurance accepted at each...
By Mallory Hackett 02:10 pm June 17, 2020
New research out of Australia published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research indicates that individuals living during the coronavirus pandemic had significantly worse mental health outcomes than their peers measured before the pandemic. The study used an online mental health-measurement platform to compare the mental health of people before and during the pandemic. Researchers also looked...

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By Sara Mageit 04:35 am June 17, 2020
Miiskin has introduced automatic skin imaging, available in a consumer app, which will enable people to take full-body photographs of their own skin, at home, to make skin cancer self-examinations easier. The new feature applies a combination of Apple's computer vision and augmented reality technologies to audibly and visually assist the user in taking photos alone and hands-free. The user places...
By Mallory Hackett 03:42 pm June 16, 2020
This morning BioIQ, a health-testing and biometric-screening technology company, released its at-home COVID-19, Flu A/Flu B, and 21 Test Respiratory Panel saliva test. The company partnered with P23 labs, which already scored an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA for its at-home saliva COVID-19 test kits. Currently, the test is being targeted towards employees, health plan members,...
By Dave Muoio 02:51 pm June 16, 2020
Proteus Digital Health, maker of an ingestible sensor for tracking medication adherence, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday. The news comes months after word that the company had furloughed much of its staff, reassessed its high-profile partnership with Otsuka Pharmaceutical and shifted away from its primary focus area of mental disorder treatment. The "smart pill" maker...
By Dave Muoio 05:39 pm June 15, 2020
After years of waiting, Akili Interactive has finally received FDA De Novo marketing authorization for EndeavorRx, its video-game digital therapeutic for children aged 8 to 12 years with ADHD. This is the first game-based therapeutic that the FDA has greenlit for any condition, the regulatory agency noted in its announcement. It is also the first authorization for Akili, which has a handful of...
By Laura Lovett 03:15 pm June 15, 2020
This morning Abbott revealed that its much anticipated integrated continuous glucose monitoring system the FreeStyle Libre 2 is now FDA cleared for adults and kids over the age of 4 with diabetes.  The latest product is able to continuously transmit glucose data every minute, and users can set the system to send alarms when their glucose is too high or too low. Previously users had to scan the...