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Telehealth startup Cerebral halts controlled substance prescriptions

Mental health startup Cerebral will no longer offer new prescriptions for Adderall and Xanax. The company is under investigation by federal agencies...

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How fears of electromagnetic radiation spawned a snake-oil industry

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a disputed condition where people attribute physical symptoms to radiation. People who believe they have it are...

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Google hires former FDA digital health leader

Bakul Patel was a digital health leader at the FDA and will now lead Google’s health strategy. There’s a new revolving door between Google,...

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FDA: fluvoxamine doesn’t treat COVID-19 — and here’s 27 pages why

The FDA released a document with information about its decision to not authorize fluvoxamine to treat COVID-19. It’s unusual for the agency to...

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SIDS study shows the risks of science hype

New research hints at a potential relationship between an enzyme and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, but the study is preliminary and...

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Google relaxes ban on stem cell therapy ads

Google is relaxing its ban on ads for stem cell therapies and will allow ads from companies that have FDA approval. Stem cell treatments are often...

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Telehealth startup Cerebral under investigation over prescriptions for controlled substances

The DOJ issued a subpoena for documents related to Cerebral’s practices prescribing controlled substances like Adderall and Ritalin that treat...

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A pig virus may have contributed to the death of first pig heart transplant patient

The first patient receiving a heart transplant with a pig heart might have died because the heart was infected with a virus, not because his body...

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Cycle-tracking apps stand behind their privacy policies as Roe teeters

The leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating that the court will overturn Roe v. Wade raised concerns that data from period tracking apps could be...

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The looming demise of Roe ties healthcare even more firmly to employers

Companies like Amazon are offering to cover abortion-related travel for employees, just as the Supreme Court is poised to gut protections for the...

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What does the future of abortion look like?

The drugs mifepristone and misoprostol make safe, self-managed abortion an option for many pregnant people even after the repeal of Roe v. Wade....

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Mental health app privacy language opens up holes for user data

Privacy policies for mental health apps like BetterHelp and Cerebral include language that lets the apps change the policies without warning or sell...

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Amazon-owned PillPack settles DOJ insulin lawsuit for $6 million

PillPack, which Amazon bought in 2018, admitted to sending patients more insulin than Medicare and Medicaid rules allow. The company paid around $6...

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Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds

A Mozilla report found that mental health and prayer apps have particularly bad data privacy protections. The apps suck up personal information and...

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A VR company is using an artificial patient group to test its chronic pain treatment

AppliedVR is using a synthetic control group in a clinical trial testing its chronic pain treatment. The synthetic arm uses real-world data from...

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A warming world gives viruses more chances to hitchhike from species to species

New research warns that climate change could make it easier for viruses to leap from one species to another. That ultimately puts humans at greater...

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How Moon Knight plays into Hollywood’s obsession with dissociative identity disorder

Though shows like Marvel’s Moon Knight try to get depictions of dissociative identity disorder right, the actual research around the condition...

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Wearables are too expensive for groups underrepresented in medical research

Researchers at the NIH All of Us study found that people in racial minority groups and with lower socioeconomic status are interested in smartwatches...

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Go read this report about the virtual doctors at an NFT clinic who can’t legally give medical advice

This report from BuzzFeed News highlights an NFT project called MetaDocs that allows users to have conversations with doctors who can’t legally...

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Research on COVID-detecting smartwatches still hasn’t panned out

Wearable companies and researchers wanted to use smartwatches to detect COVID-19. Research done so far hasn’t been rigorous enough to prove they...

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Go read this STAT investigation into the risk of elder abuse in psychedelic therapy

A psychedelic therapist allegedly stole millions from an elderly Holocaust survivor, according to a STAT News investigation, a situations that...

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FDA warns that some prenatal blood tests could have false results

The FDA issued a safety communication about blood tests used to screen for genetic abnormalities for pregnant people. They can give false and...

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CDC launches new infectious disease forecasting center

The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics is like a weather service for disease, and will help the CDC use data and modeling to make...

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The OnePlus N20 5G is headed to T-Mobile later this month for under $300

The OnePlus N20 5G offers a 6.43-inch OLED screen, a 4,500mAh battery, Snapdragon 695 5G processor, fast charging, and, of course, 5G connectivity....

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Ancestry will tell you which genetics came from which parent

Ancestry created a new feature that allows the company to tell users which parent they inherited various bits of their genetics and ancestry from. It...

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Apple plans to add features to the iPhone health app this year

Apple is adding medication tracking and expanded sleep tracking to the iPhone this year, Bloomberg reported. The company is still working on blood...

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Fitbit gets FDA clearance for passive heart rhythm monitoring

Google’s Fitbit got Food and Drug Administration clearance for a feature that passively monitors wearer heart rhythms and could flag signs of...

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How WhatsApp users can get answers to health-related questions, daily health tips for free

A WhatsApp chatbot has been launched to verify health tips. The new chatbot has been announced by THIP Media, a fact-checking platform. ...

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