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By Dave Muoio 02:31 pm September 4, 2019
Even more ECG. Electronics hardware company Asus pulled back the curtain on its latest health and fitness smartwatch today at IFA 2019 in Berlin. Engadget, TechRadar and others report that the VivoWatch SP includes a built-in ECG sensor alongside a PPG sensor, GPS tracking, an altimeter and roughly 14 days of battery life. The company is aiming for worldwide availability before the end of the...
By Dave Muoio and Jonah Comstock 03:06 pm May 1, 2019
Wearables, services perform well for Apple. While iPhone sales and overall Q2 revenue were down in 2019, the company was fairly optimistic on its most recent earnings report due to substantial growth among its wearables, iPads and services businesses. In terms of healthcare, CEO Tim Cook noted during the investors’ call that the past quarter included the rollout of the Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG...
By Jonah Comstock 03:15 pm November 30, 2016
Arianna Huffington's new Thrive Global venture, which officially launched today, has selected Doctor on Demand as its primary partner for telehealth. The partnership will include a place on Thrive Global's curated e-commerce platform for health and wellness products as well as a place in a physical popup store that will exist in New York City from December 1 through January 15, 2017. Announced...
By Heather Mack 04:41 am November 23, 2016
More than a decade ago, when most people were still using not-so-smart mobile phones, the first human genome was sequenced. It cost $3 billion. In the time it took for smartphones to become the essential consumer technology, DNA sequencing rapidly evolved from a costly, uncommonly used process into a quick, reliable, relatively cheap and widely used predictive tool to give insight on disease risk...
By Heather Mack 03:32 pm November 2, 2016
San Francisco-based uBiome, which makes a direct-to-consumer microbial genomic testing kit, has closed on a $22 million Series B funding round, led by 8VC with additional funding from Slow Ventures, Stanford’s StartX Fund and various angel investors. The funding will be used to deploy uBiome’s new testing kit, SmartGut, a sequencing-based clinical microbiome screening test. With an at-home...
By Jonah Comstock 08:01 am July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
By Aditi Pai 06:38 am April 19, 2013
When Larry Smarr started exploring the biochemistry of his body, he turned to his microbiome to find answers. At TEDMED 2013, Smarr talked about the steps he took in the months before he discovered he had Crohn’s disease. At first, Smarr used apps like Zeo and Fitbit to monitor his sleeping and exercise respectively. Eventually, Smarr delved deeper, turning his attention to blood work and stool...