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FitbitOS update to come with improved heart rate tracking, sleep health support, plus Wellness Reports for subscribers

New health tracking features are on the menu for Fitbit’s next smartwatch OS update. Unveiled this morning and set to go live on December 3, FitbitOS 4.1 brings some of the sleep health capabilities promised by the company back in August, refines the heart rate tracking algorithm on Versa 2 devices and adds new...

State of Massachusetts taps innovation centers at Brigham and Women’s, MIT, Baystate Health for R&D sandbox

Yesterday the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) tapped the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences and TechSpring at Baystate to join its R&D sandbox program. This means that startups in the state will now be able to apply for funding and access to the facilities of these three...

Global Guidance for Testosterone for HSDD

Share on: Many clinicians have used testosterone to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder/dysfunction (HSDD) in women, but it has been "off-label," without formal guidance or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Now a new global position statement on testosterone has been endorsed by multiple organizations worldwide, including the International Menopause Society,...

Elektra Labs launches connected health tech catalogue alongside $2.9M in seed funding

Elektra Labs, a startup looking to curate secured connected health technologies, has announced a $2.9 million in seed funding. Maverick Ventures led the round, which saw contributions from Arkitekt Ventures, Boost VC, Founder Collective, Lux Capital, SV Angel and Village Global. Sixteen angels also took part in the raise, including the heads of high-profile companies...

Eisia rolls out new Amazon Alexa skill geared at children with rare form of epilepsy

Japanese pharma Eisai Co.'s subsidiary Eisai Inc. is rolling out a new skill on Amazon Alexa developed specifically to target children with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a rare and severe form of epilepsy.  Dubbed Ella the Jellyfish, the underwater-themed platform includes interactive games such as "Freeze Dance" and "Color Hunt." It also provides users access to...

Cancer Risk May Rise After Heart Attack

Share on: WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some worrisome news for folks who manage to survive a heart attack: New research suggests they might be far more vulnerable to developing cancer down the road. READ More About Heart Attack Risk People who suffered a heart health scare -- a heart attack, heart failure...

Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini talks about CVS, the Amazon experience and how insurers stay relevant

The $69 billion purchase of Aetna helped CVS Health boost third quarter net income by 10% compared to the prior year. The difference was primarily due to higher operating income from the impact of the Aetna acquisition close to a year earlier, CEO and President Larry Merlo said. It was an acquisition put in motion by...

Listen: Focusing On Health Care Politics

Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, was on the air Tuesday discussing current health politics and marketplace enrollment issues. She joined New York Times reporter Margot Sanger-Katz to talk with Radio Times host Marty Moss-Coane to break down Democratic presidential candidates’ debate on “Medicare for all” plans and other health...

Tennessee hospital enhances patient experience with collaboration platform

Efficient scheduling of follow-up appointments plays a major role in gaining compliance from patients, and major scheduling delays understandably have a direct impact on patient satisfaction. Follow-up appointments are vital touchpoints where complications can be addressed with an eye toward preventing a potential readmission. THE PROBLEM At the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Catheterization Laboratory and...

Level 1: Macros vs calories vs portions vs intuitive eating: What’s the best way to ‘watch what you eat?’

There are some things just about everyone knows. Take this one: To lose weight, you need to watch what you eat. Anyone will tell you that. But how exactly do you monitor your food intake? Some experts tell you to count calories or meticulously measure every macro. Others encourage you to estimate portions. Still others want you...

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