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By Leontina Postelnicu 04:55 amFebruary 6, 2019
When research published in EPJ Data Science journal found that machine learning could help detect signs of depression by examining Instagram posts of study participants, it made international news. Questions surrounding health, privacy and ethics started popping up around the world. In Europe, futurist, author, researcher and founding CEO of Healthskouts Koen Kas has continuously tackled these...

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock; Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:43 amFebruary 5, 2019
Instagram head Adam Mosseri will meet UK health and social care secretary Matt Hancock this week amid increasing concerns over children and young people's exposure to content glorifying suicide and self-harm on social media platforms, according to the BBC. Hancock warned social media firms last month that "more action is urgently needed" after the family of a teenager that took her own life...
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:42 pmFebruary 4, 2019
Researchers test the accuracy of activity trackers. A BBC Wales programme saw researchers from the Aberystwyth University test the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge 2, Letscom HR and Letsfit activity trackers this week. Results showing the number of calories burned by 12 participants while walking and running on a treadmill were compared, and Dr Rhys Thatcher, from the Institute of Biological,...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:58 amJanuary 30, 2019
England's Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Hospital at Home team has reduced the number of home visits by 22 percent after deploying the AI-enabled wearable from Scottish start-up Current, formerly known as snap40, to monitor patients remotely after they are discharged from hospital. Current said the trust’s team, including nurses and physiotherapists, was trained to use the solution in less than...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:50 amJanuary 23, 2019
The NHS App is now being rolled out across England, NHS England announced this morning, following private testing between September and December with over 3,000 patients from 30 GP practices. Improvements were made to the app ahead of the national rollout, based on feedback from patients and practice staff, looking at the online registration process and the information patients see before they...

Credit: Nightingale Health/ European Investment Bank

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:42 amJanuary 22, 2019
Finnish biotech company Nightingale Health receives €20m financing from the European Investment Bank. Helsinki-headquartered Nightingale Health has secured a €20m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to further develop its blood analysis technology and improve detection and prevention of chronic diseases. Nightingale’s metabolic profiling technology measures blood biomarkers - molecules...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:46 amJanuary 21, 2019
WHAT HAPPENED Researchers in the UK have designed a game that can improve users’ concentration, with a version being released today as part of the Peak Brain Training app for free. The team that developed and tested the game, called Decoder, from the University of Cambridge’s Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute have demonstrated that playing it for eight hours over a one-month period...
Man demonstrating math formula.
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:11 amJanuary 20, 2019
The European tech ecosystem saw record levels of investment in 2018, with the software industry growing five times faster than the rest of Europe’s economy, according to a report by global venture capital firm Atomico. Four tech IPOs or direct listings of European tech companies reached valuations of more than $5bn on opening day, and three of the top 10 largest tech IPOs in 2018 came from Europe...
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:13 amJanuary 16, 2019
Chronomics raises £1.12m in seed funding. Chronomics, a consumer epigenetic testing start-up founded in 2017, has secured £1.12m in seed funding, including investment from Anthemis and follow on funding from global venture capital firm SOSV. It has launched what it calls a “unique” epigenetic saliva testing kit that enables people to see how environmental and lifestyle factors, such as diet,...

HealthBeacon CEO and co-founder Jim Joyce; source: HealthBeacon

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:11 amJanuary 8, 2019
Dublin-headquartered digital therapeutics company HealthBeacon has closed a $12m Series A investment round to fuel its push into the US, Canada and UK markets. The company, which develops smart tools to manage medication, made the announcement at the JP Morgan Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase in San Francisco this week. Its smart sharps bin solution aims to help patients who self-inject...