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By Laura Lovett November 11, 2019
Ninety-eight percent of veterans with Type 2 diabetes enrolled in Virta’s digital diabetes management program reduced or controlled their estimated HbA1c level after 90 days, according to new results from a pilot conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Virta Health.  The pilot, which included a total of 104 patients, found that 84% of patients enrolled achieved an estimated HbA1c...

P.J. Keenan, Development Engineer, Philips Research models the HoloLens2 technology. 

By Laura Lovett November 11, 2019
While Philips made a name for itself in the 20th century making TVs, VCRs and other electronics, its more recent history is exclusively focused on the healthcare industry. But even the fabric of Philips’ healthcare research is quickly shifting, incorporating new technologies—both in hardware and software.  “In the past we were always thought of as a hardware company. So, our head of strategy said...
By Jeff Lagasse November 8, 2019
There's a potentially large impact school-based telehealth programs can have on children with chronic illnesses.
By Dave Muoio November 8, 2019
Virtual reality treatment startup AppliedVR announced a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute that aims to explore whether or not the immersive technology can reduce anxiety among patients with terminal cancer. The phase 1 study will enroll patients from the institute’s designated cancer centers, and could yield a follow-up phase 2 investigation...
By Dave Muoio November 8, 2019
Data-driven smart bed maker Eight Sleep (formerly known as Luna) has raised $40 million in its latest investment round, announced Wednesday. The funding was headed by Founders Fund, and included support from Craft Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, 8VC, Flexport’s Ryan Petersen and Eventbrite’s Kevin Hartz. Alongside its prior rounds, this week’s news brings the company to a total raise of...

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett November 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.   “These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
By Laura Lovett November 8, 2019
Astronauts face a myriad of health challenges in space, including exposure to radiation, risk of bone deterioration, vestibular issues and various other concerns.  Space health researchers are continuously looking for ways to prevent and treat medical problems before they arise. Enter precision medicine: an increasingly popular strategy that consider specific variations in a patient’s genetic...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2019
In its second earnings call as a public company, Livongo was able to report strong financial and operational numbers and raise its revenue guidance for the year from $7 million to $9.5 million. CEO Zane Burke also shared that the company's diversification beyond diabetes is making progress: more than 20% of the company's estimated value from new partnerships is from non-diabetes business. TOPLINE...
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2019
AiCure, a nearly decade-old startup using artificial intelligence to measure medication adherence and other behavior during clinical trials or normal care, has brought in $24.5 million in Series C funding. Palisades Growth Capital led the raise, which also featured new backers Singtel Innov8, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Accelmed Growth Partners, and SpringRock Ventures. The round also included all...
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2019
Fitbit’s year-over-year device sales flatlined in Q3 2019, which combined with lower sales tag prices drove a decline in revenue, according to the wearables maker’s latest quarterly earnings. The reporting — which was bereft of an investor’s call, Q&A and any forward-looking statements due to the company’s pending acquisition — is the latest look at a wearables business Google apparently...

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