Population and Public Health

GluCare, diabetes, continuous data monitoring, wearable, diabetes management
By  Rachel McArthur 05:41 am April 22, 2021
A Dubai-based specialist diabetes clinic has released its very first report on the outcomes of its care model, demonstrating that continuous data monitoring is advantageous in dramatically improving the health of those with the condition. GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center, which describes itself as the “world’s first healthcare provider to employ integrated continuous data monitoring” and the “...
two women reviewing data on a computer
By  Mallory Hackett 12:06 pm April 15, 2021
A new health equity initiative from Fitbit is aiming to put research tools into the hands of traditionally underrepresented early career researchers to empower investigations into health disparities. Announced this week, the Health Equity Research Initiative will award up to $500,000 in Fitbit products and services to researchers looking specifically at health inequalities in underserved...
AVNeo, KSA
By  Rachel McArthur 01:54 am April 15, 2021
A recently established health solutions provider has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health to bring a “pioneering” heart surgery procedure to the Kingdom. Abdul Latif Jameel Health – which was formed in 2020 with the mission to tackle “disparity in access to modern medical care” – has launched the AVNeo (Aortic Valve Neo-cuspitization), used in surgical reconstruction of the aortic...
Facebook vaccine eligibility notification in the newsfeed
By  Mallory Hackett 10:46 am April 14, 2021
As states begin to open up vaccine eligibility to all adults, Facebook will begin to notify its users and connect them with state-specific information about how to get an appointment, the company announced this week. Once a state declares the general public eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook will show a notification in the News Feed section to the state’s users and direct them to their...
Mock up of COVID-19-detecting sensors
By  Mallory Hackett 12:28 pm April 9, 2021
Researchers at General Electric are set to begin research into how they can turn commonly-used surfaces into COVID-19-detecting devices, the company announced this week. The GE Research team has received a 24-month grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop miniature sensors that can be embedded into mobile devices in order to detect COVID-19 particles on their surfaces. “We all come...
screenshot of EndeavorRX gameplay
By  Mallory Hackett 10:41 am April 9, 2021
Akili Interactive, the maker of the FDA De Novo-authorized digital therapeutic EndeavorRx, will be testing its video game ADHD treatment as a potential treatment for cognitive impairments in COVID-19 survivors. Through collaborations with Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Akili will conduct two separate randomized, controlled clinical...
OxiFlow
By  Tammy Lovell 06:52 am April 8, 2021
Origami is more traditionally associated with the art of paper folding, but one British startup is using the technique to develop a treatment for brain aneurysms. Oxford Endovascular Ltd has raised $10 million in Series A funding for its OxiFlow solution, which aims to overcome challenges with existing medical devices. Vulpes Investment Management led the round, with the Additio Investment Group...
AI, CE Mark
By  Tammy Lovell 06:45 am April 2, 2021
The EU has approved an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can identify people at risk of a fatal heart attack, years before it strikes. The CaRi-Heart technology, developed by British Heart Foundation (BFH) spinout company Caristo Diagnostics, utilises coronary CT angiogram (CTTA) scans already performed in clinical practice.  It uses AI and deep-learning technology to produce a fat...
COVID 19, vaccine
By  Ahmed El Sherif 12:18 pm April 1, 2021
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first country in the Arab world to begin manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine with a full production schedule underway. Hayat-Vax, a joint collaboration between Sinopharm CNBG and Abu Dhabi’s G42, was announced earlier this week during the launch of a new purpose-built research and development hub for life sciences, biotechnology and vaccine production in...
Rizek, COVID-19 vaccine
By  Ahmed El Sherif 07:04 am March 31, 2021
An Abu Dhabi-based startup is claiming it has become the “first app in the world” to offer bookings for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations. Rizek, which specialises in on-demand personal and home services – such as DIY, tutoring, and beauty and wellness – has added a feature that enables anyone, subject to their location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to book a private COVID-19 vaccine to be...