Big Tech in Health

By Jonah Comstock 04:18 pm February 10, 2020
Last year, Apple announced the results of the Apple Heart Study, an ambitious digitally-enabled research project that also tapped the talents of Stanford University, BioTelemetry, and telemedicine company American Well. Through the study, more than 400,000 individuals helped Apple and Stanford learn about atrial fibrillation, and the predictive and therapeutic value of the Apple Watch’s...

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By Dean Koh 02:18 am February 6, 2020
A group of researchers led by Assistant Professor Shao Huilin at the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech) located at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is working on the development of a rapid Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) detection kit, based on the enVision technology platform which they invented in 2018. HOW IT WORKS Traditional polymerase chain reaction...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
By Laura Lovett 01:10 pm January 30, 2020
This morning, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Google Cloud and digital clinical trial startup ProofPilot inked a deal to create a new clinical research platform targeted at academic medical centers and universities.  The trio plan to kick off this new platform with a study called “Piloting Time-Restricted Feeding (TRF) for Bipolar Disorder” at MGH.  The new collaboration will tap into...

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By Dean Koh 03:57 am January 30, 2020
MicroRNA (MiRNA) is a small RNA molecule that play a central part in the functioning of the human body and are promising markers for identifying the early-stage risk of diseases such as cancer. According to an article published in Clinical Epigenetics in 2018, the differential expression of circulating miRNAs exhibited promising potential for cancer screening without additional injury for...

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By Dean Koh 09:39 am January 25, 2020
Singapore-based Veredus Laboratories, a provider of innovative molecular diagnostic solutions, recently announced the development of VereCoV detection kit, a portable Lab-on-Chip application capable of detecting the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) i.e. Wuhan Coronavirus, in a...