Health

  • Hampton Creek says the FDA has cleared its products, wants to hear back from Target

    Hampton Creek says the FDA has cleared its products, wants to hear back from Target

    Hampton Creek has just informed TechCrunch that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved of the safety and labeling of all of its products. It would now like to know if Target wants to put them back on the shelf. In late June, the retail giant yanked Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo eggless mayonnaise spread, along with 20 other products from all stores and on Target.com after hearing… Read More

  • ScriptDrop delivers your prescriptions with pizzazz

    ScriptDrop delivers your prescriptions with pizzazz

    Larry Scott and Nick Potts worked at CoverMyMeds, a software solution for pharmacies. After connecting a bunch of pills with a bunch of pharmacists they started ScriptDrop, a service that helps pharmacists deliver those same prescriptions to your door. It’s active in New York now but expanding into other areas soon. The team, who hail from Nashville, settled in Columbus to work for… Read More

  • Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

    Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

    Fitness tracker makers would have you believe that all that stands between you and the motivation to get up off your couch and get healthy is their shiny wearable device. But a new study conducted by researchers in the UK found groups of teenagers ended up being discouraged from exercising after using a Fitbit device for eight weeks. Read More

  • KKR confirms it will buy WebMD for $2.8B in cash

    KKR confirms it will buy WebMD for $2.8B in cash

    Some consolidation is afoot in the world on health-focused online media properties. Today, WebMD, one of the biggest sites in the world for health-related information — announced that it would be acquired by Internet Brands — the company that is controlled by KKR and owns a large portfolio of B2B and B2C websites in verticals like automotive, health, home, travel and legal —… Read More

  • Scientists have inserted a GIF of a horse into living bacteria — did your brain just explode?

    Scientists have inserted a GIF of a horse into living bacteria — did your brain just explode?

    In a new study published in Nature, a group of scientists at Harvard have successfully stored a GIF— yes, like a moving meme — into live bacteria (E. coli to be specific). It’s a weird idea, but scientists have actually been using the genetic wondertool known as CRISPR or “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats” for data storage parlor tricks… Read More

  • Scentbird plans expansion into home fragrances and personal care products

    Scentbird plans expansion into home fragrances and personal care products

    The perfume and makeup subscription service Scentbird intends to launch into the home and personal care markets in the fall. Read More

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    Mendel.ai nabs $2 million to match cancer patients with the latest clinical trials

    Mendel.ai nabs $2 million to match cancer patients with the latest clinical trials

    Dr. Karim Galil was tired of losing patients to cancer. He was tired of messy medical records. And he was tired of trying to stay on top of all the clinical trials touting one solution or another. Losing patience and patients, Galil decided to create an organized and artificially intelligent system to match those under his care with the best diagnostic and treatment methods available. Read More

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    9 promising at-home lab test startups for everything from fertility to STDs

    It’s easier than ever to skip the doctor and go straight for the at-home test these days, thanks to updated regulations and the technology to match — and for many, it’s the answer to invasive and expensive hospital visits. A new army of startups has popped up in the last couple of years to offer you low-cost options for everything from breast cancer inheritance to HIV. Read More

  • GE and the Mayo Clinic back software to bring cancer-fighting gene therapies to market

    GE and the Mayo Clinic back software to bring cancer-fighting gene therapies to market

    While $5.7 billion was invested in companies developing cellular and genetic therapies, and with 800 clinical trials initiated worldwide and the first two CAR-T cell therapies expected to launch into market later this year, businesses still say the ability to get these treatments to patients is limited by paperwork, supply chain management, and last mile delivery. Read More

  • Withings is now Nokia

    Withings is now Nokia

    Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress back in February that it would be sunsetting the Withings brand this summer. After giving fans of the French connected health device maker sufficient time to mourn, the brand name is finally officially being removed from its existing product lines. All Withings products will be branded Nokia from here on out.  The transition will be marked by a few… Read More

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