RightEye’s portable eye-tracking test catches concussions and reading problems in five minutes

 They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but physiologically speaking, they’re windows to the brain. RightEye is a startup that looks through that window to detect common but often subtle vision issues resulting from concussions and other brain troubles. Its quick, portable eye-tracking station can tell in minutes whether you should see a doctor — or look into becoming a pro… Read More

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Swiss pharma company Roche is buying Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

 Roche, the global pharmaceutical company from Switzerland today announced it will scoop up Flatiron Health, a startup analyzing real-time oncology data to help cancer patients and doctors in a $1.9 billion deal. Flatiron has also confirmed the deal to TechCrunch. Two years ago, Roche led a $175 million deal in the startup at a $1.2 billion valuation. At the time of the deal, Roche agreed… Read More

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With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

 Stem cells derived from a human placenta hold the key to unlocking a myriad of potentials in regenerative medicine and are the focus of X-Prize and Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis’ new endeavor. Called Celularity, the startup is a spinout from Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company creating gene therapies. Diamandis teamed up with Dr. Robert Hariri, the founder of… Read More

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Fitbit buys Twine Health in bid to become a more serious health care tool

 Fitbit’s been on a bit of a acquisition spree over the last couple of years, as the company’s looked to grow its business inside the stagnating wearables category. This morning, the hardware maker announced plans to pick up Twine Health, a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based health management platform. The company hasn’t disclosed specific numbers for the acquisition, but expects… Read More

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Fitness startup Studio is bringing its audio running classes to Life Fitness treadmills

Studio treadmill Studio, a startup that delivers coaching, music and competition to treadmill runners’ smartphones and smartwatches, is getting a boost from treadmill maker Life Fitness. Studio founder and CEO Jason Baptiste explained that through this partnership, Studio’s classes will be available on Life Fitness treadmills in gyms, starting with the ones that are equipped with the… Read More

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The Apple Watch can detect diabetes with an 85% accuracy, Cardiogram study says

 According to Cardiogram founder Brandon Ballinger’s latest clinical study, the Apple Watch can detect diabetes in those previously diagnosed with the disease with an 85 percent accuracy. The study is part of the larger DeepHeart study with Cardiogram and UCSF. This particular study used data from 14,000 Apple Watch users and was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes by using… Read More

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This company will tell you which vitamins and supplements to take based on your DNA

 Nutrigene believes your genes may hold the secret to what you might be missing in your diet. The company will send you tailor-made liquid vitamin supplements based on a lifestyle quiz and your DNA. You fill out an assessment on the startup’s website, choose a recommended package such as essentials, improve performance or optimize gut health and Nutrigene will send you liquid… Read More

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Strava appears to have disabled a key tracking feature over privacy concerns

 This will come as no surprise to those who’ve been following the news of the past couple of weeks, but it appears that Strava’s disabled at least one top feature as it works to get to the bottom of recent privacy concerns over its mapping features. The app’s Segments feature looks to be at least temporarily offline, as first noted by The Verge by way of Reddit. We reached out… Read More

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