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Cochlear Implants
Joe Kissell

With an external microphone and processing circuitry and tiny electrodes implanted into the cochlea, some deaf people can regain partial hearing. But is this a cure or an assault on entire culture?

Quirk wants to make cognitive behavioral therapy more accessible
Jordan Crook

Quirk, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to more people suffering from anxiety or depression. CBT aims to lessen or stop harmful behavior by changing the way people think, stopping them from falling into established patterns of negatively distorting their reality to justify or account for unhelpful habits. “CBT has […]

What top VCs look for in women’s fertility startups
Sarah Buhr

A number of promising women’s health tech companies have popped up in the last few years, from fertility apps to ovulation bracelets — even Apple has jumped into the subject with the addition of period tracking built into the latest edition of the watch. But there hasn’t been much in the way of innovation in […]

Legacy, a sperm testing and freezing service, raises $1.5M
Kate Clark

Bain Capital Ventures bets on fertility.

Investors continue to pour money into dental startups
Megan Rose Dickey

Teeth straightening startup Candid has raised another $63.4 million in a Series B round from Greycroft, Bessemer, e.ventures and others. The new injection of cash brings its total funding to $90 million. Candid, which 3D prints its FDA-approved aligners, is designed for people who need mild to moderate orthodontic work. The modeling kit costs $95, […]

San Francisco is getting closer to an e-cigarette ban to protect kids, but it may hurt adult smokers who use vaping to quit
Catherine Shu

San Francisco is getting closer to banning the sale of e-cigarettes in the city in a bid to prevent minors from accessing them—but the new legislation may also hurt adult smokers who are trying to quit. The city’s Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to approve two proposals: legislation that would ban the sale or delivery […]

Urban, the on-demand wellness platform, adds physiotherapy to its roster of on-demand services
Steve O'Hear

Urban, the London-headquartered company that lets you book a growing range of “wellness” services on demand — spanning massage, osteopathy, to various beauty treatments — is adding physiotherapy to its roster in a bid to become a “one-stop-shop” for physical wellbeing. The new pay-as-you-go physiotherapy offering will let you book a HCPC-registered physio via the […]

Fitz Frames, with $2.5M in seed funding, wants your kid to have custom glasses
Jordan Crook

Fitz Frames is today launching out of beta to offer affordable, custom-made glasses for families, and in particular, for children. The company, which has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, was founded by Heidi Hertel is led CEO Gabriel Schlumberger. The company declined to disclose its investors, but shared that it was a mix of […]

Kindbody raises $15M, will open a ‘Fertility Bus’ with mobile testing & assessments
Kate Clark

RRE Ventures has backed the New York-based fertility startup.

India bans e-cigarettes citing youth health concerns
Natasha Lomas

India’s government has announced an immediate ban on e-cigarettes — citing youth-focused public health concerns. In a news statement following a cabinet meeting today finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ban covers production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes. Sitharaman suggested India’s youth are viewing e-cigarettes as a “style statement”, […]

Want to know where epidemics are flaring up around the world? Metabiota has the tool for you
Jonathan Shieber

In an effort to inform the public of the health risks breaking out all over the world (or just to scare the bejeezus out of already paranoid people), the startup Metabiota has released a free-to-use epidemic tracker for all of the outbreaks monitored publicly around the world. The San Francisco-based company frames its tool as […]

Sperm storage startups are raising millions
Kate Clark

Men's fertility solutions capture the attention of venture capitalists.

As vape lung death toll mounts, CDC investigators warn against ‘informal’ THC sources
Devin Coldewey

At least a dozen people have died of an acute lung condition related to vaping, and while officials aren't ready to pin it on any one chemical or brand, they are warning that many of the patients reported buying THC cartridges from "informal sources" — which is to say off the street or online.

Natalist founder Halle Tecco wants to get you pregnant
Sarah Buhr

Halle Tecco is no stranger to conception struggles. The Rock Health founder and former CEO has been public about her journey on social media, including two rounds of IVF, eventually leading to a healthy baby girl. Now, she wants to help others make babies, too. To get there, Tecco has joined a class of new […]

SmileDirectClub makes its debut on the public market
Megan Rose Dickey

SmileDirectClub rang the opening bell earlier today, marking its first day of trading as a public company. The teeth-straightening company is now trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol “SDC.” Already, the stock is trading down 11% at $20.36 per share. SmileDirectClub kicked off its IPO hoping to raise up to $1.3 billion at an […]

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