Wellness

By Jonah Comstock 02:20 pm September 16, 2020
While Apple’s big announcement yesterday was around a new blood oxygenation sensor, the company also rolled out a new video fitness class offering which could turn out to be even more impactful for the company. WHAT HAPPENED? Apple Fitness+, a diverse subscription platform of fitness videos designed to be used in conjunction with an Apple Watch and its activity-tracking functions, brings Apple...
By Laura Lovett 08:45 am September 11, 2020
The 2020s are seeing a silver surge as populations around the world continue to age. While Japan has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the world, other countries in Europe and North America are quickly catching up. However, an ageing society could mean new potential for health and the economy, according panelist at the 'Silver Health & Economy: New Demographics, New Opportunities'...
By Sara Mageit 09:29 am August 10, 2020
In a user analysis, 81% of patients using the Flow brain stimulation headset and therapy app to treat depression reported feeling better after three weeks. Thirty four per cent of patients reported an improvement in their mood, while 32% of patients reported a reduction in anxiety and 29% reported a reduction in suicidal thoughts. Flow is a drug-free, at-home treatment that has been medically...
By Laura Lovett 03:03 pm August 3, 2020
Consumer genomic company Ancestry, which got its start in providing testing for family history, is launching a new product which features next-generation sequencing. The new product aims to help customers gain insights into their health and risk factors.  Called “AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing,” the tool can screen for genes associated with breast cancer, heart disease,...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm July 22, 2020
Cure.fit, an Indian fitness, health and lifestyle brand with $400 million in funding, announced this morning the official kickoff of its U.S. launch. Its app is now available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. Founded in 2016, the brand gained steam in its home market by taking a holistic, integrated approach to wellness. The strategy is demonstrated through its range of sub-...

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By Tammy Lovell 05:15 am July 16, 2020
Turkish-German mental health app Meditopia has today announced a Series A investment of $15 million.  The round was co-led by European venture capital firm Creandum, an early backer of Spotify, iZettle, and Klarna, alongside Highland Europe, the European growth investor behind matchesfashion.com, Zwift and Wolt.  Carl Fritjofsson of Creandum and Fergal Mullen of Highland Europe will join...
By Sophie Porter 02:10 am July 14, 2020
Health tech innovations are not only pioneering the ways people access healthcare, they also provide a platform for people to understand more about their bodies. This is especially true for women, who are worse affected by the limitations of health and sex education, and so are key targets for these kinds of opportunities. The innumerable possibilities of health tech illustrate the potential for...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...
By Jonah Comstock 12:14 pm July 2, 2020
When Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch announced at WWDC last week that Apple Watch would add an automatic handwashing-detection feature in its next update, many people naturally assumed the feature was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a public health emergency that has strongly underscored the importance of handwashing. Not so, Lynch told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. The...
By Jonah Comstock 03:47 pm June 22, 2020
At the opening keynote for WWDC2020, Apple’s virtual developer conference, the company announced a few additional health and fitness capabilities for the Apple Watch — though the event was relatively light on health content, especially compared to previous years. Sleep tracking arrives at last One such feature — sleep tracking — has been a notable omission for the wearable ever since it was first...