Digital Health

A nerve cell affected by Alzheimer's disease
By  Dave Muoio 02:25 pm March 10, 2021
Yesterday Cognito Therapeutics, a startup using visual and auditory stimulation to treat neurodegenerative disorders, announced Phase 2 trial results suggesting its gamma frequency neuromodulation therapy slowed declines in memory and cognition among mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease patients. The OVERTURE study, a multi-center, randomized controlled trial, enrolled 76 such patients aged 50...
The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. It will value the combined company at approximately $1.1 billion.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:50 pm March 10, 2021
Ambulnz, a mobile medical services provider and patient transportation company, announced its plans yesterday to merge and go public with special purpose acquisition company Motion Acquisition Corp. The company currently does business as DocGo and is in the process of renaming. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to approval by the companies’ stockholders, It will...
senior care, elderly care

Credit: Kepler Night Nurse

By  Sara Mageit 06:03 am March 10, 2021
Vision-based human activity recognition software, Kepler Vision Technologies has today announced the launch of its Kepler Night Nurse Edge Box (KNN). The new device uses deep learning and computer vision technology to analyse live video streams and recognise if clients need care. The technology aims to inform staff accordingly and increase the safety of patients at night, whilst also freeing up...
By  MobiHealthNews 03:01 pm March 9, 2021
Cedar, the maker of an intelligent patient billing and engagement platform, announced today a $200 million Series D round of funding headed by Tiger Global Management, with participation from prior backers including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Thrive Capital and Concord Health Partners. This brings the company's total fundraising haul to $350 million, it said, and its valuation to $3.2 billion....
Fitbit Ace 3
By  Laura Lovett 02:36 pm March 9, 2021
Fitbit is rolling out its latest child-centered wearable called the Fitbit Ace 3 that can track activity and sleep. The latest technology is geared at children over the age of 6 and comes with an eight-day battery life. The watch and connected app let families set fitness challenges. Parents are able to set limits as to what their child can see, and manage their children’s friend requests. The...
By  Dave Muoio 01:34 pm March 9, 2021
Digital musculoskeletal (MSK) care triple-unicorn Hinge Health today announced the upcoming acquisition of Enso, the maker of an eponymous non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation device for pain relief. Hinge Health did not disclose the terms of the deal or its impact on Enso employees, but a representative told MobiHealthNews that the purchase is set to close "within weeks." The Enso device is...
Consumer smart speakers’ wide usage presents an opportunity for the “next generation of health monitoring solutions,” the researchers said.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:42 pm March 9, 2021
Smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo or the Google Nest can be used to monitor heart rhythms without physical contact as effectively as an electrocardiogram, according to research from the University of Washington published in Communications Biology. The researchers created a proof-of-concept system where their self-supervised machine learning algorithm can turn smart speakers into short-range...
By  Dave Muoio 01:38 pm March 8, 2021
Abbott announced today that it has updated NeuroSphere, its app-driven neuromodulation therapy platform, with remote programming capabilities that will allow patients to speak with and receive adjustments from their provider via a cellular or WiFi connection. The NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic was recently approved by the FDA and is now available within the Abbott patient controller app for use with...
Vaccination programme, COVID-19, coronavirus
By  Sara Mageit 09:36 am March 8, 2021
In a Cell study, an experimental intranasal vaccine created by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine has shown to bring about an immune response in the mucosa which prevents COVID-19 infection. Researchers have since developed an intranasal biotechnology spray which makes it difficult for the virus to attach to human cells, and when used daily it is able to block transmission...
Contributed content, femtech
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...