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Marijuana delivery giant Eaze may go up in smoke
Ingrid Lunden

The first cannabis startup to raise big money in Silicon Valley is in danger of burning out. TechCrunch has learned that pot delivery middleman Eaze has seen unannounced layoffs, and its depleted cash reserves threaten its ability to make payroll or settle its AWS bill. Eaze was forced to raise a bridge round to keep […]

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?

San Francisco smokes Juul’s hopes by voting to keep e-cigarette ban
Natasha Lomas

Voters in San Francisco have resoundingly rejected an attempt to overturn a citywide ban on e-cigarettes by a margin of around 80:20. Reporting on the count in the Bay Area, CBS SF says at least 78 per cent of voters rejected the ballot measure, known as Proposition C. The measure had been heavily back by e-cigarette […]

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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 […]

LightForce Orthodontics wolfs down $50M to straighten out that crooked smile of yours
Haje Jan Kamps

Everyone’s set of teeth are different enough that orthodontics has traditionally been part artistry, part medical witchcraft. In the late 1990s, Invisalign changed the industry with customizable aligners, but it turns out that aligners only serve 30% of orthodontics patients. For the rest, there hasn’t been much in the way of innovation — until LightForce […]

Health and Pregnancy: Sixth sense - FML
FMyLife

Today, I started crying at work for absolutely no reason. My pregnant coworker walked up to me and said, "Pregnancy hormones, huh?" I never even told her I was pregnant. FML

Health, Covid, Anxiety and Depression: The results are in - FML
FMyLife

Today, I went to get Covid test because I had chest pain and shortness of breath. Turns out, I just have depression and anxiety. FML

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

Bain Capital Ventures bets on fertility.

Legacy, a sperm testing and freezing service, just raised $3.5 million to send the message to men: get checked
Connie Loizos

Legacy, a male fertility startup, has just raised a fresh, $3.5 million in funding from Bill Maris’s San Diego-based venture firm, Section 32, along with Y Combinator and Bain Capital Ventures, which led a $1.5 million seed round for the Boston startup last year. We talked earlier today with Legacy’s founder and CEO Khaled Kteily […]

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 […]

Codagenix raises $20 million for a new flu vaccine and other therapies
Jonathan Shieber

Codagenix, a company developing vaccines and viral therapies for illnesses ranging from the flu and respiratory viruses to dengue fever, has raised $20 million in a new round of financing. The company’s new investment round was led by Adjuvant Capital, with additional participation from Euclidean Capital and Topspin Partners . Codagenix will use the funds […]

Modern Fertility raises $15 million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users
Connie Loizos

A fresh $15 million in funding led by Forerunner Ventures should help. Forerunner founder Kirsten Green, who takes a board seat as part of the round, is known for countless savvy bets on a wide number of consumer brands that have taken off with users, from Dollar Shave Club to Bonobos to Glossier. With Forerunner’s […]

Health and Pregnancy: Science has gone too far - FML
FMyLife

Today, I went in for a full hysterectomy due to medical issues. I came out being 6 weeks pregnant. FML

Cannabis market intelligence platform Pistil Data raises $6.5M from Casa Verde and others
Aisha Malik

Pistil Data, a cannabis market intelligence platform, has closed a $6.5 million seed round led by Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde. The funding round included participation from JW Partners and other entrepreneurs. Pistil Data makes market intelligence accessible to cannabis brands and organizes billions of data points to provide customized sales opportunities for cannabis brands. The […]

Mate Fertility is aiming to create a franchise of fertility clinics open to everyone
Jonathan Shieber

Mate Fertility, the new Los Angeles startup launching today with $2.8 million in financing, has a mission to create a more inclusive network of family planning services for people struggling with the high cost and low availability of fertility clinics around the country. Founded by serial entrepreneur Oliver Bogner and his brother Gabriel, Mate was […]

C2i, a genomics SaaS product to detect traces of cancer, raises $100M Series B
Marcella McCarthy

If you or a loved one has ever undergone a tumor removal as part of cancer treatment, you’re likely familiar with the period of uncertainty and fear that follows. Will the cancer return, and if so, will the doctors catch it at an early enough stage? C2i Genomics has developed software that’s 100x more sensitive […]

Using AI to improve dentistry, VideaHealth gets a $5.4 million polish
Jonathan Shieber

Florian Hillen, the chief executive officer of a new startup called VideaHealth, first started researching the problems with dentistry about three years ago. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard-educated researcher had been doing research in machine learning and image recognition for years and wanted to apply that research in a field that desperately needed […]

Insects and Dentist: Today, a fly landed on my dentist's arm. The same arm and hand... - FML
FMyLife

Today, a fly landed on my dentist's arm. The same arm and hand holding the needle inserted into my gum. He instinctively tried to shake it off. FML

Affect raises a seed round to grow its stimulant abuse recovery service
Alex Wilhelm

There are any number of seed rounds that cross our desks every day, a never-ending march of enterprise software, consumer apps, games, hardware, biotech, and sometimes even a space startup. But amid the regular flow of funding news, it’s still rare to come across a company raising money to take on addiction with software. So […]

Health: Once bitten… - FML
FMyLife

Today, after worrying for years about grinding my teeth after various dentists mentioned seeing evidence. Apparently, this worry manifested as subconsciously putting my tongue in the way at night, to the point where I have an open bite at 39 when I never had a problem before. I can't bite through sushi or sandwiches. FML

Y Combinator-backed Adra wants to turn all dentists into cavity-finding ‘super dentists’
Christine Hall

Adra is bringing AI into the dentist's day-to-day workflow so they can spend less time finding cavities and more time with patients.

Work, Anxiety, Sleep, Dreams, Nightmare and PTSD: PTSD FML - FML
FMyLife

Today, I was working a phone call in a call center when I suddenly began to faint while at it. It turned out to be a bad dream I'd woken up from, because it's been three months since I've worked at that call center. FML

CurieMD is using telehealth to plug the menopause support gap
Natasha Lomas

U.S. femtech startup CurieMD is offering menopause diagnosis and treatment prescription via a telehealth platform — beginning in California, where it launched late last year. Founder Dr Leslie Meserve says the goal is to widen access to treatment and support services for mid-life women, spying a business opportunity in offering an auxiliary digital service targeting […]

Instagram expands ban on suicide content to cover cartoons and memes
Natasha Lomas

Instagram has expanded a ban on graphical self-harm imagery to include a broader range of content depicting suicide, including fictional illustrations of self-harm and suicide methods such as drawings, cartoons and memes. “This past month, we further expanded our policies to prohibit more types of self-harm and suicide content. We will no longer allow fictional […]

Flowhub raises $23 million for its retail management software for cannabis dispensaries
Jonathan Shieber

As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. Looking to address that need, Flowhub, a cannabis retail management software vendor, has raised $23 million from a consortium of investors including e.ventures, […]

Fertility startup Mojo wants to take the trial and error out of IVF
Natasha Lomas

Fertility tech startup Mojo is coming out of stealth to announce a €1.7 million (~$1.8M) seed round of funding led by Nordic seed fund Inventure. Also participating are Doberman and Privilege Ventures (an investor in Ava), plus a number of angel investors including Josefin Landgard (founder and ex-CEO of Kry) and Hampus Jakobsson (partner at […]

Pinterest starts displaying information from health organizations for searches related to vaccines
Catherine Shu

As part of its efforts against health misinformation, Pinterest is now displaying information from public health organizations for keywords like “measles” or “vaccine safety.” The social media platform had previously blocked vaccination-related search terms, but a new announcement says the company wants to close the “data void” that results from false information being spread more […]

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