Health

Insurance startup Bright Health raises $200M at ~$950M valuation
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A flurry of digital-first insurers are betting they can surpass industry incumbents with a little help from technology and a lot of help from venture capitalists. The latest to land a massive check is Bright Health, a Minneapolis-headquartered provider of affordable individual, family and Medicare Advantage healthcare plans in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, New York City, Ohio and Tennessee. The company, founded by […]

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Being a morning person might have some health advantages
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Enlarge / If you consider 10:50 a reasonable time to wake up, it may or may not say something about your breast-cancer risk. (credit: Henrique Simplicio / Flickr) A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute this week has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: “Ladies, check your […]

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The Internet's Precarious Health
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Mozilla has launched the first full edition of its Internet Health Report. The report is “an open source effort to explore the state of human life on the Internet,” said Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman. It consists of research and analysis compiled by researchers, engineers, data scientists, policy analysts and artists in Mozilla’s extended community. […]

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Men won't talk about mental health and it's literally killing them     – CNET
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World Mental Health Day 2018: Men are less likely than women to discuss mental health issues and far more likely to attempt suicide. Can mobile apps help men save their own lives?

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Apple Watch Goes All-In With Health and Fitness Focus
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Apple aimed to stretch its lead in the smartwatch market when it introduced its Apple Watch Series 4 last week. The redesigned and re-engineered line features a bigger display, thinner and smaller case, an interface with richer detail, and some innovative health applications enabled by new sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope hardware. “Between watchOS 5 and […]

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Study Finds Probiotics 'Not As Beneficial For Gut Health As Previously Thought'
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The gut microbiome is the sum total of all the micro-organisms living in a person’s gut, and has been shown to play a huge role in human health. New research has found probiotics — usually taken as supplements or in foods such as yoghurt, kimchi or […]

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UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’
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DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) ran into a major public controversy in 2016. The DeepMind Health Independent […]

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Fitbit's Health Alliance With Google Could Be a Risky Experiment
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Fitbit and Google have announced a new partnership on healthcare. Fitbit will develop consumer and enterprise health solutions that will use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API. Fitbit also will move to the Google Cloud Platform to innovate and advance its products and services. Most Google Cloud products support HIPAA compliance; the move will allow Fitbit […]

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Fitbit buddies up with Google for better health     – CNET
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The fitness wearables maker will use Google’s cloud services for greater healthcare systems integration.

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