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Lucira Health gains emergency use nod for 1st at-home COVID-19 self-test

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular single-use test that is intended to detect the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.

Amazon looks to build foothold in fitness, wearables with Halo, Halo Band

Amazon Halo is a subscription service that pairs the company's proprietary Amazon Halo Band wearable with an app offering AI-powered wellness insights.

Higi is partnering with senior-focused provider Papa to improve seniors’ access to health screening and monitoring.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The market for self-monitoring blood glucose meters continues to be promising in the short term, Frost & Sullivan announced Tuesday, with $4.2 billion in revenue projected for 2016 from a 2014 base of $4 billion.

BOULDER, Colo. — Consumers utilizing home-health technologies will increase from 14.3 million worldwide in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to a new report from Tractica released Monday.

DALLAS — A new scientific statement issued jointly by three medical organizations earlier this week and published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, addresses how low to aim when treating patients with high blood pressure who also have vascular diseases.




ATLANTA — Having achieved earlier success through the Indiegogo launch of the iOximeter Smartphone Pulse Oximeter, Safe Heart recently launched a new crowdfunding campaign for Mobicuff, its new smartphone blood-pressure monitor.&nbs

ATLANTA — SoloHealth announced Thursday a new collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Wellness Enterprise, a subsidiary of Cleveland Clinic.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Zewa recently launched its first Bluetooth 4.0 enabled monitoring devices which include a Blood Pressure Monitor, Scale with Body Fat function and an Activity Tracker.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart announced Wednesday that it will deploy its clinically validated blood pressure kiosk and cloud-based Health IT platform in Brookshire Grocery Company’s 116 stores with a pharmacy.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — In honor of American Heart Month, Omron Healthcare and AliveCor are empowering people to take charge of their health through technology.

SAN DIEGO — The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that DexCom, a medical-device maker, is developing a diabetes glucose monitoring app to be compatible with the Apple Watch when it's released in April. 


DexCom’s glucose monitor tracks

As interest in ear care topics increases, so does the opportunity to merchandise products that can help consumers find solutions.

In a Journal of Advanced Nursing study of 90 adults with type 2 diabetes published last week, female gender, elevated blood sugar levels, neuropathic pain, and fatigue were related to sleep disturbance, even after controlling for factors such as age, diabetes duration, depressive symptoms and distress.

The findings suggest that clinicians should pay extra attention to females when conducting sleep-related assessments. A comprehensive sleep evaluation should also include diabetes-related symptoms such as neuropathic pain and fatigue.

Ascensia Diabetes Care, based out of Basel, Switzerland, is showing its support for World Diabetes Day 2017 by publishing 30 portraits of inspiring women who are making significant contributions to advancing diabetes care. The theme of World Diabetes Day is Women and Diabetes, and through this initiative, Ascensia aims to raise global awareness of diabetes and help to amplify the messages of the International Diabetes Federation.

Atlanta-based Pursuant Health is ready to roll out new retinal screening capabilities into its self-service kiosks with the goal of preventing 95% of avoidable vision loss cases with early detection.

Rite Aid and higi’s partnership has brought higi health stations to Rite Aid stores since 2014, during which time customers have completed more than 53 million screenings, including nearly 8 million just in 2018.

Smartphones may be smart, but sometimes they still are not always accessible.

Enter Smart Meter, a Tampa, Fl.-based company that has recently gained FDA approval for its iGlucose blood glucose meter, which eliminates syncing or paring complications when trying to share blood glucose test results.



WAYNE, Pa. — LifeScan on Tuesday introduced the new OneTouch Verio Blood Glucose Monitoring System that helps people with diabetes better understand their results without any extra effort.

New data from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and IRI is highlighting the ripple effect that a consumer buying an OTC product can have on the American healthcare system — namely, some $146 billion in savings.

The product, which can test for up to 14 commonly abused drugs, has launched into CVS Pharmacy stores.

Panelists at the DSN Industry Issues Summit emphasized opportunities for improvement centered on education, personalization and prevention with regard to chronic care management.

higi's “I Can” consumer empowerment campaign is launching alongside the company’s “Love My Heart” program, which looks to remind consumers to know their numbers while educating about prevalence, risk factors and prevention options for heart disease.

A total of 256 Project Health events are slated to take place in 2019.

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