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By  Lina Chan 04:22 am March 8, 2021
Women are taught from a young age to be ashamed of our bodies. We’re conditioned to stay small, look pretty, and have no flaws - and if we do, we must certainly never admit them. This is maybe why so many areas of women’s health - from periods to fertility to menopause - are shrouded in taboo. We’ve been taught that anything less than physical perfection is something to be ashamed of.  Taboo and...
By  Dave Muoio 04:36 pm March 5, 2021
The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that does not require a prescription and can be used at home. Developed by Cue Health, the Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use was first authorized for point-of-care use last June. It uses a nasal swab sample collected from the lower nose to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, and...
Health Journalism
By  MobiHealthNews 03:07 pm March 5, 2021
Over the last year, digital health news has been nonstop and the venture deals are bigger than ever. Our goal at MobiHealthNews has always been to help readers digest and contextualize the biggest news stories of the day. We are now launching a weekly newsletter made up of curated articles to bring readers the most important and interesting news from the week. We know you are busy caring for...
By  Dave Muoio 03:21 pm March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care. With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
A new app allows seniors enrolled in the Lively Health & Safety offering to access in-home support services through Apple's wearable.
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line. Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
By  Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 3, 2021
A January acquisition deal between medical technology provider Hillrom and cardiac monitoring device maker Bardy Diagnostics has landed in rocky waters, with Hillrom looking to back out of the purchase and Bardy filing a legal complaint to keep things moving forward. According to press releases from Hillrom, the company was caught off guard on January 29 when Novitas Solutions, a Medicare...
Screenshots from Apple's hearing study app
By  Jonah Comstock 01:53 pm March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019. "WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
By  Dave Muoio 01:24 pm March 3, 2021
Reperio Health, the maker of an app-connected home wellness assessment kit marketed to employers, has raised $6 million is seed funding. The round was co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners and Rogue Venture Partners, and saw participation from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures. WHAT IT DOES To enable at-home screenings, the Portland, Oregon-based company ships a kit directly to employees or...
Person holds their back with both hands
By  Dave Muoio 03:01 pm March 2, 2021
Online musculoskeletal (MSK) treatment provider SpineZone announced late last week a $12 million Series A funding round. Polaris Partners and Providence Ventures led the round, which also saw support from Martin Ventures. WHAT IT DOES SpineZone's MSK services combine guided exercise programs, assessments and coaching, with the option of in-person care. Patients who are referred through primary...

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By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...