Health

  • Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved Crunch Network

    Combine design thinking and digital health to provide for the underserved

    When it comes to healthcare and wellness, the population of people needing support is quite diverse. Not everyone has adequate health insurance, disposable income for a gym membership or education about proper nutrition. Digital health solutions are poised to fill this gap, but too often they seem designed for those in the same socio-economic situation as the designers. Design thinking can help! Read More

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    CrunchBase sees some slowing for early-stage venture in the second quarter Crunch Network

    CrunchBase sees some slowing for early-stage venture in the second quarter

    As in past quarters, a high portion of the largest early-stage fundings went to life science companies developing breakthrough therapeutics platforms. Internet and technology companies also closed some big rounds, particularly in fintech, healthcare services and cloud computing. Read More

  • Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit Ventures’ accelerator has ditched the demo day, according to Chief Innovation Officer Steve Barsh. That’s not the only change the early-stage venture firm and accelerator has made of late. Today, Dreamit unveiled a list of 25 new health and edtech startups launching from its revamped programs. A full list of those companies provided by Dreamit follows at the end of this… Read More

  • Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for reported $1B value

    Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for reported $1B value

    Unilever creates and captures a unicorn with its plans to acquire Dollar Shave Club. Announced this evening, the $130 billion dollar multinational consumer goods company is speculated to be paying $1 billion, all cash, for the startup, according to reports from Fortune. If the pricing is true, the transaction will be one of the largest ever in e-commerce. E-commerce is often a scary space… Read More

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    Ex-Theranos customer files a lawsuit claiming faulty blood tests contributed to his heart attack

    Ex-Theranos customer files a lawsuit claiming faulty blood tests contributed to his heart attack

    Theranos is now steeped in an avalanche of legal woes, including a suit filed Monday, July 19 by an ex-customer alleging the company’s faulty blood tests caused him to have a heart attack. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, and first reported in Ars Technica, is now one of at least nine civil suits Theranos faces after an onslaught of investigations into the… Read More

  • Hearing health in tech Crunch Network

    Hearing health in tech

    Something as indispensable as hearing aids — which cost upwards of $5,000 (and that’s just for the basics) — should be as accessible and, frankly, affordable as a smartphone. Considering how many people have hearing loss, or are at risk, it’s astonishing to see that innovation in this space has been painfully stagnant. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Read More

  • Using digital screens to inspire better health Crunch Network

    Using digital screens to inspire better health

    Digital signage is an industry that just keeps getting bigger. Most digital signage customers use screens to sell advertising space, provide information or assist wayfinding. The really good ones look to create dynamic signage that changes in response to variables that allows them to personalize content and playlists. But recently, more are looking to use screens to inspire better health… Read More

  • GlaxoSmithKline taps Apple’s ResearchKit for an arthritis study

    GlaxoSmithKline taps Apple’s ResearchKit for an arthritis study

    A year and change after first showing off ResearchKit, Apple has finally found a big name drug company partner for its medical research platform. GlaxoSmithKline, the camel-cased conglomerate behind such pharmaceutical hits as Wellbutrin and Levitra, has signed on with the service to conduct rheumatoid arthritis research. The firm is looking to study 300 participants over the course of… Read More

  • HelloMD looks to its ‘Quora for cannabis’ as a source of growth

    HelloMD looks to its ‘Quora for cannabis’ as a source of growth

    I’m in Canada, and I’m having a conversation about weed. So far, everything’s tracking. But this isn’t just a casual convo — HelloMD is a startup focused on health, community and access to information, and they’re based in the U.S. (with people in SF and Colorado). And while the core business began as a way to use telemedicine to connect doctors with… Read More

  • Bvddy, now on Android, matches athletes of like skill to play and get fit together

    Bvddy, now on Android, matches athletes of like skill to play and get fit together

    About 80 percent of the U.S. adult population, aged 18 and older, fails to exercise enough each week to meet federal guidelines, according to the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy People 2020 study. That means a majority of us are pretty lazy, ‘Murica. The guidelines only call for moderate to light aerobic physical activity for 150 minutes… Read More

  • Uber for 911 transport is a horrible idea

    Uber for 911 transport is a horrible idea

    The Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department is considering a plan to use Uber to transport low priority 911 callers, according to NBC Washington. It’s a horrible idea. Washington’s plan is to hire a team of nurses who could evaluate a caller’s condition over the phone and direct them to an Uber if they are deemed stable. Already this is odd given that the purpose of an… Read More

  • Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

    Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

    People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one. Read More

  • Star Wars and the future of healthcare Crunch Network

    Star Wars and the future of healthcare

    In his iconic Star Wars series, George Lucas envisioned a world in a galaxy far, far away, where, among other things, doctors were droids and bots. Lucas viewed medical care as algorithmic, and therefore well within the capacity of intelligent machines. Does the world of healthcare in the Star Wars films — where bots are the new docs — mirror our own not-so-distant future of medicine? Read More

  • The future of healthcare is not people versus machines Crunch Network

    The future of healthcare is not people versus machines

    A digital shift in healthcare in recent years has paved the way for advances in automation, artificial intelligence and even surgical robots. Whether using a virtual human to capture patient intake data or sensors to monitor symptoms, digital technology is undoubtedly propelling the industry forward. But concern exists that this technology will start to replace health workers. Read More

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    3Scan raises $14 million for a robotic microscope that could accelerate drug discovery

    3Scan raises $14 million for a robotic microscope that could accelerate drug discovery

    Robots and software aren’t just changing manual labor in warehouses or kitchens. They’re also transforming medical research. A San Francisco startup called 3Scan Inc. raised $14 million in venture funding to automate tissue analysis for scientists involved in drug discovery with its proprietary robotic microscope and computer vision systems. According to the company’s… Read More

  • Creating life through generative design Crunch Network

    Creating life through generative design

    We have been shaping the organisms that live around us for a long time. Take as an example the changes we forced on wolves to become our best friends. Traditionally, we accomplished it by selecting organisms with special traits (“Let’s keep that wolf, it doesn’t bite as much”). In the last 20 years we have gone further by modifying the genetic programming of… Read More

  • VCs are betting on the great Chinese fitness boom Crunch Network

    VCs are betting on the great Chinese fitness boom

    As the Chinese economy has boomed in the last decade, millions of people have entered the middle class. And the Chinese aren’t just getting wealthier, they’re getting fitter. China, it seems, is in the midst of a workout craze — and that represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for venture investors to back emerging health and wellness technology companies. Read More

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