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By Laura Lovett 04:01 pm September 5, 2019
Health and fitness tracking features are front and center in Garmin’s new series of watches, released this morning. The wearable giant's premier launch was the Venu, a GPS smartwatch with an AMOLED display. It comes with 24-7 fitness monitoring including advanced sleep with a pulse oximeter, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with...

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By Laura Lovett 03:42 pm September 4, 2019
Planned Parenthood is diving deeper into virtual care with the launch of Planned Parenthood Direct in 27 states. The new platform will let users request birth control, get a prescription for urinary tract infection treatments and request an in-person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center.  The new technology will be available in all 50 states by the end of 2020, according to officials...

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By Laura Lovett 03:33 pm September 3, 2019
With a focus on hearing accessibility, Google has teamed up with Cochlear and GN Hearing to launch a new service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to stream content from Android devices directly to hearing aids.  Customers will be able to use their hearing aids to tap into the audio from their Android device. The technology was developed with a particular emphasis on preserving battery life for...
By Laura Lovett 01:56 pm September 3, 2019
Swim practice may be getting a little techier, as a new pair of augmented reality-enabled goggles promises to keep track of swimmers' heart rates and performance. Officially launching in November, the technology was born from a partnership between Canadian company Form, which specializes in tech supported goggles, and Finnish-based company Polar, which works on sports technology including heart...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pm August 30, 2019
Best known for its “everyday low prices” motto, Walmart is now taking on the healthcare industry. The brick and mortar retail giant recently rolled out the Walmart Health platform, which allows users to book appointments at its in-person clinics online. CNBC, which first spotted the development, reports that the company is also opening a new clinic dubbed Walmart Health in Georgia, which will...
By Jonah Comstock 04:10 pm August 29, 2019
Connected fitness company Peloton released its IPO prospectus Tuesday, revealing grim financials, even by today's startup IPO standards: the company lost nearly $200 million in FY 2019, four times what it lost the previous year. The document also contains plenty of reminders of the company's ongoing legal struggles relating to its music licensing and alleged patent infringement. Yet, according to...
By Laura Lovett 01:25 pm August 29, 2019
When it comes to vaccines the internet is full of sources. But not all of those are reliable, and it can be difficult for the layperson to know which sources are backed by science. In an effort to curtail the spread of misinformation, Pinterest users looking for sources on vaccines will now be presented with articles from “authoritative” public health organizations.   Available in a number of...
By Dave Muoio 08:59 am August 28, 2019
Fitbit pulled back the curtain on its fall launch lineup this morning, revealing a major new subscription health service called Fitbit Premium right alongside the latest versions of its tried and true consumer hardware products: the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch and Fitbit Aria Air Bluetooth scale. In-app wellness support for consumers Launching in September, Fitbit Premium is a data-driven health...
By Dave Muoio 02:40 pm August 22, 2019
Redwood, California-based Carrot has released new trial data supporting the performance of its digital smoking cessation program. Conducted by the company and published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth, they report that nearly a third of enrollees successfully quit smoking by the program’s end, with many who did not reporting a reduction in average cigarettes consumed per day. “Demonstrating a quit...
By Dave Muoio 03:45 pm August 19, 2019
Update: This story has been updated to include additional comments from AliveCor.  Mobile ECG maker AliveCor has ended sales of KardiaBand, its FDA-cleared ECG wristband designed for use with Apple Watches, a representative of the company confirmed to Luisbrandao today.  The company appears to have pulled down the device’s purchase page sometime after June 12, according to cached versions of...