Health, Fitness & Food

Google is moving forward quickly with its newly-formed health organization led by former Geisigner CEO David Feinberg. Before Feinberg officially starts next year, the company has named an interim leader: Linus Upson, the former engineering lead for Google Chrome and now an engineering head at Verily, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on life sciences. That appointment
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In 2012, a group of entrepreneurs and academics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hatched a plan to solve one of the holy grails in health tech. Their idea, which seemed like science fiction at the time, was to create a wrist-worn device to monitor a user’s blood pressure and other vital signs around the clock. Uncontrolled high
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If it feels like more people are meditating, you’re not wrong. Within the past five years, the number of U.S. adults and children practicing the mindfulness exercise has increased significantly, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The study did not pinpoint reasons driving
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DaVita shares soared Wednesday after California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have capped the amount of money dialysis providers in the state can earn on certain patients. Sixty-one percent of voters said “no” to Proposition 8 in Tuesday’s midterms. Pushed by the Service Employees International Union, the measure would have limited the revenue
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An improving pharmacy retail business helped CVS Health beat analysts’ third-quarter earnings and revenue expectations. The company also said Tuesday it anticipates its acquisition of health insurer Aetna to close before Thanksgiving. Shares of the company rose 1.9 percent Tuesday in premarket trading. Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting,
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Toby Cosgrove has a new job. After decades running one of the world’s most famous hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, he’s helping one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies figure out how to sell its technology and services into health care. Cosgrove announced earlier this year that he’s taking a position at Google as an advisor
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To bottle up the movement to tax sugary drinks, major beverage companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are spending millions of dollars on commercials that push people to vote to prohibit local governments from slapping levies on certain foods and drinks, The New York Times reported on Saturday. According to the report, voters in Washington and
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Goop, the lifestyle brand owned by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has been reported to the U.K.’s trading standards and advertising watchdogs over allegations that it makes misleading claims about its products. The Good Thinking Society, a non-profit charity that campaigns against pseudoscience, confirmed to CNBC Monday that it had submitted the complaint about Goop to the
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Gary Gottlieb is in a prime spot to see how technology companies are shaking up health care. A trained psychiatrist who previously ran Partners Healthcare in Boston, one of the largest hospitals in the country, Gottlieb has spent the past three years working in venture capital, tracking how emerging start-ups and big tech companies are
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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had a stern warning for the pharmaceutical industry on Friday, a day after the Trump administration proposed a plan to change the way Medicare pays for certain expensive drugs. Speaking from the Brookings Institution in Washington, Azar said Big Pharma cannot stand by and defend the status quo
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Regulators are considering prohibiting some e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and confining them to vape shops, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. High school e-cigarette use surged 77 percent last year, Gottlieb said in an interview on “Squawk Box,” citing preliminary figures from the federal Youth Tobacco Survey. Middle school
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More high school kids are smoking cigarettes as vaping surges, reversing a two-decade-long decline. Last year, 8.1 percent of high school students reported smoking cigarettes, up from 7.6 percent in 2016, according to federal health officials, who asked not to be named because the data haven’t been publicly released. The increase is not statistically significant,
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AstraZeneca is plowing deeper into cancer immunotherapy through a wide-ranging deal with Innate Pharma, which includes the British group buying a 9.8 percent stake in the French biotech company. Tuesday’s agreement is a coup for Innate — run by former AstraZeneca executive Mondher Mahjoubi — which gains rights to sell AstraZeneca’s newly approved rare blood
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When pharma giant Pfizer announced in January it planned to shut down early- and mid-stage neuroscience drug development, it was another blow to a field already in a defensive crouch. Diseases of the central nervous system — from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to Lou Gehrig’s disease — have been incredibly difficult for drug developers to crack,
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