Health

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 s

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.

Internet Stone Soup

I’d wake up my computer and discover, to my dismay, that it had not. I was a full-time blogger, the little brother to the journalist, the digital-ink-stained wretch that pounded out content for

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. Los

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

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

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 m

Birth control app Nurx now delivers to the ‘contraceptive deserts’ of Texas

About half the counties in Texas don't have the number of public clinics required to meet the contraceptive needs of the population. So Nurx, an at-home birth control delivery app, decided to give wom

Mary Meeker’s latest trends report highlights Silicon Valley’s role in the future of healthcare

Mary Meeker's latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future -- including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her

Cera is building an AI for social care decision support

Can AI overhaul the social care system? That's the pitch underpinning UK home care provider Cera's plans. The startup has today taken the tiniest baby steps to launch an AI chatbot that it hopes will,

Oscar Health only lost half as much money as it did last year

Oscar Health CEO Mario Schlosser came on stage with me at Disrupt yesterday at our annual New York conference to talk about his company and the more than $200 million it took in net losses last year.

Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

If you thought the world didn't need another prepared food distribution and delivery service, apparently you'd be wrong, as the newly minted startup Territory has managed to pull in $6.7 million for i

Doctor On Demand launches “in app” lab testing referrals

Video medical consultation service, Doctor On Demand is launching an integration with lab testing services providers like Quest Diagnostics to include more of the in-clinic care services that pati

Figure 1, a knowledge-sharing app for doctors, launches sponsored content

Since its launch in 2013, Figure 1, a photo- and knowledge-sharing app for medical professionals, has focused on "traction" that is winning over new users and keeping them around. The app now boasts r

23andMe is finally allowed to tell you if you have the genes for Parkinson’s

The Food and Drug Administration finally gave 23andMe a long sought-after green light today to sell to consumers genetic tests and their accompanying health risk reports for up to 10 diseases, includi

At-home sperm health selfies are on the rise

There seems to be a trend bubbling up for better tech to test a guy's sperm in the privacy of his own home. A Harvard-designed sperm motility app made headlines last week with a cheap, at-home test, a

CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

Back before humans invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 years later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat. The TerraMat is like a

WebMD taps Apple’s ResearchKit for study on factors contributing to healthy pregnancies

There are still a lot of unknowns in the medical world when it comes to pregnancy -- including which factors lead to carrying a healthy fetus to term. WebMD and Scripps Translational Science Institute

Smart diabetes management service Livongo Health raises $52.5M and looks to new markets

Glen Tullman doesn’t like it when someone tells him he’s sick when he’s feeling fine. It’s something he thinks his customers probably don’t want to hear, either. Tullman

With $37 million in funding, health startup Virta aims to cure type 2 diabetes by watching what you eat

Type 2 diabetes is a disease affecting 415 million people globally and Virta, a Silicon Valley-based health startup, believes it has something unique to reverse it – remote monitoring of everyt
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