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RightEye’s portable eye-tracking test catches concussions and reading problems in five minutes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but physiologically speaking, they're windows to the brain. RightEye is a startup that looks through that window to detect common but often subtle vision

Indian home healthcare platform Portea Medical raises $26M Series C

Portea Medical, one of India’s biggest platforms for home healthcare visits, has raised $26 million in Series C funding to expand its service range. The round was led by Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC,

Think F.A.S.T. is a VR app designed to help diagnose stroke symptoms

It’s not often that the phrase “but cadavers are expensive” comes up in a product briefing. But in all of the possible contexts that one might utter that particular string of words, a demo of a

Smart canes and wheelchairs among tech empowering the disabled at CES

Amid the confusion of smart showerheads and selfie drones at CES this year, a handful of companies are working to serve the needs of populations that are frequently overlooked by the proprietors of hi

Augmented reality treatment reduces phantom pain in missing limbs

Phantom limb pain is a mysterious ailment: people with amputations experience aches and acute pains in an arm or leg that isn't there — making the problem notoriously difficult to treat. But a new t

Sensor-studded suit helps track recovery of stroke patients

Millions of people suffer from strokes every year worldwide, and severe ones can require long-term care — but as with other rehabilitation regimens, it can be hard for doctors to track the everyday

Duke neurosurgeons test Hololens as an AR assist on tricky procedures

One of the several things that makes brain surgery so difficult is that the brain isn't transparent. So if you want to get at something deep inside, you either have to peel off a few layers or make an

Theranos closes its labs and wellness centers, lays off 340

Theranos is closing its labs and wellness centers, CEO Elizabeth Holmes announced today in blog post. And this isn't a temporary closure: the "approximately" 340 employees running them are out of a jo

Machine learning could automate screening kids for speech and language disorders

Screening for language disorders is best done early and often, but it's not always easy to get the equipment and staff to every kid in a timely fashion. At least a basic level of screening, however, m

Robotic legs could power up physical therapy for kids with cerebral palsy

Kids suffering from cerebral palsy may soon have a powerful new physical therapy technique in the form of robotic assistance for their legs. A study is being conducted on the potential benefits of the

Microsoft awards hardware startup ENTy the 2016 Imagine Cup

The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices. The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly

Penn students’ startup XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

The internet of things, and wearables in particular, may not be quite living up to the hype, but it turns out they may be just the thing for people suffering from Parkinson's disease. A pair of engine

Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

The so-called Internet of Things is often underwhelming — who really needs a tweeting oven? — but inspiring applications of embedded sensors and ubiquitous connectivity still appear, and sometimes

3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

For all their being motion-enabling platforms, wheelchairs are themselves rather static. A frame of steel and aluminum supporting foam-filled leather or plastic, with a handful of settings that may or

Theranos reportedly voids two years of results from its Edison blood-testing devices

Troubled bio-tech startup Theranos has told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that it voided two years of results from the blood tests that it once staked its future on, reports the

Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure

It's another victory for the machines: a robotic surgical system outperformed humans and robot-assisted human operators in a soft-tissue procedure, bringing us that much closer to automated medical ca

SpiroCall measures lung health over any phone — no app necessary

Sometimes you see an application of technology that's so innovative and helpful you can't believe it exists in this age of narcissistic and short-sighted startups. SpiroCall, a service that lets anyon

High schooler’s 3D printed ‘mini-brain’ bioreactor accelerates Zika research

What are you planning on doing this summer? Probably not designing a revolutionary new bioreactor in which a thousand "mini-brains" can undergo testing. You're probably not designing a bioreactor at a

SRI International spins off robotics project as Superflex, aiming at human augmentation

Nonprofit research organization SRI International is spinning off part of its robotics division into a new company called Superflex. It won't be focusing not on industrial robots or the like, but rath

Prenetics raises $10M to popularize patient DNA testing in Asia

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based medical technology company, has raised a $10 million Series A round for its DNA testing technology that helps doctors provide more accurate diagnoses and better understand
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