As the Democratic Republic of Congo deals with a rising death toll owing to the latest outbreak of Ebola, health officials are moving fast to counter the fatal effects of the deadly virus. Plans are afoot to implement the experimental vaccine developed by Merck & Co to confront the overwhelming challenges posed by the virus.
A broader law defining at greater lengths the terms telemedicine and telehealth has been signed by Jeff Coyler, Kansas Governor. Apart from setting guidelines for coverage parity, the law has stipulated a ban on abortions by telemedicine. The law also includes a mandatory rule stating that if a judge dismisses that particular clause, the whole law stands nullified.
Mountain View, California startup - Qventus a healthcare management tech platform which uses artificial intelligence to improve hospital workflow, closed at $30 million in series B funding which will be used to expand its platform. The funding was led by Bessemer Venture Partners along with few other participants. Including this latest funding, Qventus bagged total $43 million.
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center, at the University of Pennsylvania, developed the vaccine using dendritic cells (DCs) derived from each patient's own peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These dendritic cells were then exposed to the patient's tumor cells, activated with interferon gamma, and injected into the patient's lymph nodes.
Last week Medibio, a company focused on how biometric markers impact mental health, launched a new app that integrates with the Apple Watch. The app works with the watch to collect biometrics, such as heart rate and then lets users see these markers in conjunction with their mental and overall health.
Ascletis Pharma has become the first company to seek to list (PDF) in Hong Kong under the exchange’s new, more relaxed rules on biotech IPOs. The antiviral disease specialist will use the cash to win approvals for hepatitis C drugs licensed from Roche and Presidio Pharmaceuticals.
Every year, 3D printing offers more and more promise in the healthcare field. And while the ultimate goal of printing whole complex organs for transplants may still be decades away, 3D printing is helping to save and improve lives in ways - and in places - never imagined just a few years ago.
With a view of gathering mHealth data through a wearable from over 800 people with Parkinson’s disease, a project has been unveiled by the Michael J Fox Foundation which has been doing pioneering work in Parkinson’s disease.
The mRhythm Study, an initiative of Cardiogram, the startup involved in providing a workable roadmap to the heart rate data of Apple Watch, has shown that atrial fibrillations can be detected with 97 percent accuracy through algorithms.
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