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Mobile game study links wayfinding skill to Alzheimer’s gene

A seafaring mobile game could be a key to early Alzheimer’s detection, according to a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In the study a users’ gaming performance results were able to predict whether or not the participant had the gene linked to a predisposition for Alzheimer’s, called APOE4. This...

Savonix adds another $9.6M for cognitive assessment app

Cognitive assessment app maker Savonix has raised $9.6 million in what the company is calling an extension of its 2017 $5.1 million Series A round. Along with its $1.5 million seed round, this brings the company's total funding to $16.2 million. New investors Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners led the round, with additional participation...

Doctor On Demand, Humana team up on new virtual care model

Looking towards the primary care space, yesterday Doctor on Demand and insurer Humana, launched a new virtual care model called, On Hand. Members and employers are able to opt into this new plan, which will let patients access an in-network primary care doctor with no copay. Users will also have access to urgent care...

AliveCor’s 510(k) clearances revealed: high, low heart rate indications, and standalone AI for future devices

The last couple of months saw a pair of regulatory clearances from mobile ECG maker AliveCor surface on the FDA’s 510(k) premarket notification database — the first in March for something called KardiaAI, and the latter a dual-update for the company’s existing KardiaMobile and KardiaStation platforms for consumer and point-of-care use. With AliveCor keeping mum...

The Days of Numbers in Qualitative Research Are… Numbered

Alt: Several doodles with cat head, phones in hand, stand below text reading: “Most participants said they liked the new cat head management app’s interface.” One remarks, “That’s some smoooooth UX!” Another says, “Wow, this is hecka intuitive!” A final doodle with an angry looking cat laments, “Whyyy did I updaaaate?!” We’ve written...

251: Water Quality and How to Improve Drinking Water With Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe

251: Water Quality and How to Improve Drinking Water With Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe This episode is not only about what is in your water, but how to get out the things that you don’t want to be drinking! I am here with Dr. Tom DiGiuseppe, a PhD who has been involved in...

Smartphone eye disease screener for kids closes $6M Series B

GoCheck, maker of a smartphone app that screens young children for amblyopia or “lazy eye,” has raised $6 million in a Series B investment round headed by FCA Venture Partners. Other new backers Mucker Capital and Sovereign’s Capital will join the company’s prior investors, which include Interwest Partners and Marc Benioff. WHAT THEY DO GoCheck (formerly...

Easy Chuck Roast Recipe (Instant Pot or Crock Pot)

One of my favorite recipes for busy days when I don’t have time to cook in the afternoon is chuck roast. These roasts have a good fat profile and awesome flavor. Add a generous salad and pile of roasted broccoli and you have a complete, healthy meal even the kids will eat. Slow Cooker or Instant Pot...

Diplomat Pharmacy: Smart pill bottle added an extra medication fill per patient per year

Diplomat Pharmacy has released some data about its partnership with smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech as the companies also announced plans to expand that deal. The data, representative of more than 1,000 patients, shows that on average, patients who used the technology filled their medication one additional time over the course of the year. Patient...

Digital mental health platform Meru Health snags $4.2M in seed funding

This morning, Finland and Palo Alto-based Meru Health, maker of a mental health platform, landed $4.2 million in seed funding. The new money comes from Freestyle Capital, Bonit Capital, Y Combinator, Lifeline Ventures and IT-Farm.  Meru offers a digital tool that is supported by licensed therapists. The program lasts 12 weeks, and each week has...

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