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...

For Diet & Lifestyle Change, “Accentuate the Positive”

A recent study out of Taiwan indicates that people are more likely to be motivated by positive messages about health and nutrition than negative ones. That is, they respond more to information about promoting and supporting healthy behaviors and positive outcomes than to information about preventing disease and warding off negative outcomes. This suggests...

Botanical Relief for Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are not only culprits that keep people from enjoying the bloom of spring or the coolness of fall, but they can be painful and miserable altogether, sometimes even triggering mood disorders. The pollen and mold trigger a rise in proinflammatory leukotrienes and prostanoids in the mucus membranes, and ushers in an army...

Public’s Anger Toward And Loss Of Trust In Big Pharma Is Adding Fuel To The Fire Of Measles Outbreak

An erosion of public trust in anything Big Pharma says is undermining advocates' efforts to get parents to trust the vaccines that are coming from the companies. Meanwhile, in California legislation moves forward that would remove doctors' ability to grant exemptions--placing that authority in a state official, instead. News comes out of Oregon,...

New WHO Guidelines On Screen Time: Zip For Infants Under One, One Hour Max For Kids Under Five

In addition to setting harsh guidelines on how much time children spend on devices, the United Nations' agency recommends high-quality programming and includes advice on physical activity and sleep. Pediatrician groups have previously expressed concerns on the issue, some differing from WHO's. The New York Times: W.H.O. Says Limited Or No Screen Time For...