Verily's rumored smart shoe, world_record_egg takes on mental health, and more digital health news briefs

Also: Senseonics' Eversense is cleared for use during an MRI; world_record_egg takes on mental health.
By Dave Muoio
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Verily's prototype smart shoe. Verily is shopping for partners to develop a smart shoe with embedded sensors for movement, weight and fall monitoring, according to a CNBC report citing three anonymous sources. The company allegedly has a prototype design of the footwear that it has been showing off in private meetings, and is envisioning the shoe as a health product.

MRIs are A-OK. Senseonics’ Eversense, an implantable continuous glucose monitoring system, is no longer contraindicated by the FDA for MRI scanning, according to a statement from the company. The device originally received clearance for US sale in June of last year after a long wait, and has held a CE Mark in Europe since 2016.

“Based on our testing, we have demonstrated that it is safe for patients to leave the Eversense Sensor in place, even when they need to have an MRI,” Tim Goodnow, president and CEO of Senseonics, said in the statement. “Now patients using Eversense CGM do not need to worry about an emergency MRI or delay getting a scheduled MRI based on their glucose sensor. All other CGMs currently on the market are required to be removed before an MRI scan, according to their FDA indications. This is a first for the CGM category.”

NHS grant supports arthritis tool. Last week digital health company Living With announced a new partnership with the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bath to develop a new platform called the Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Profiler. The trio landed funding from Innovate UK to develop the new tool, which aims to give patients new ways of capturing disease activity data on their smartphones. The new technology is expected to employ artificial intelligence and machine learning in order to group patients’ disease activity based on patterns, and then figure out the best treatment plan for them.

"We're thrilled to have won an Innovate UK grant,” Living With's CEO Chris Robson said in a statement. "This will transform the way patients with rheumatoid arthritis can be monitored intelligently between appointments and hopefully help the NHS reduce the cost of treating patients with RA. It also adds a transformational new capability to our existing Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis product."

Like looking in a mirror. Eyeglasses retailer Warby Parker has updated its consumer app with a new AR feature that allows users to view how a pair of frames would look on their face. Called “Virtual Try-On,” the feature uses Apple’s ARKit and the TrueDepth camera, and as such is only available on the iPhone X (or future devices).

An eggcellent collaboration. Hot off of dethroning Kylie Jenner, viral Instagram account “world_record_egg” is using its social media sway to raise awareness of mental health conditions. After weeks of buildup in which the egg gradually began to crack, a 30-second advert played last night on Hulu showed the egg falling apart completely, alongside the a link to mentalhealthamerica.net.

“The pressure of social media is getting to me. If you’re struggling too, talk to someone. We got this,” the ad read.

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