Apple reportedly in talks with Aetna to bring the Apple Watch to millions of customers

 Apple and Aetna have held several secret meetings to discuss offering the Apple Watch to Aetna’s 23 million customers, according to CNBC. Aetna could roll out the plan as early as next year. Read More

Amazon is refunding purchases of unverifiable eclipse eyewear

 Amazon is issuing refunds for those who’ve purchased possibly fake solar eclipse glasses on the site in anticipation of this summer’s big solar eclipse event. A lot of folks have been gearing up for the event that will — depending on where you are — either totally block out the sun or partially block it as the eclipse moves across the North American hemisphere on… Read More

CRISPR’d pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

 Pig organs are the same size as human organs and function pretty much the same way, but pig to human transplantation has long been an elusive goal for researchers due to fear of activating dormant viral diseases in the pig’s cells. But there’s hope on the horizon, thanks to a new study out in Science today involving CRISPR’d piglets. Read More

Health startup Buoy raises $6.7 million to invest in recruitment and research

 Buoy, a startup using an intelligent algorithm backed my medical data to guess what ails you, has raised $6.7 million in Series A funding from F-Prime Capital Partners, FundRx and various angel investors to help scale operations. The startup debuted in March of this year to take on WebMD and other online symptom checkers with an algorithm it believes can more accurately diagnose patients.… Read More

Welltory packs a lot of science into its app to measure your stress levels

 There’s a lot of talk about the quantified self, but one of the grey areas remains working out your levels of stress. Usually this requires hardware devices. Now a New York based startup thinks it’s come up with an approach based on a specially developed algorithms and machine learning using simple heartbeat readings taken with a smartphone app. Welltory (iOS, Android) has also… Read More

Researchers use radio waves to wirelessly monitor sleep patterns

 MIT researchers have unveiled a new method for wirelessly monitoring sleep. The whole thing works a bit like echolocation — radio waves are beamed off a sleeping subject and changes in the body are detected when they bounce back. The research is the latest in a number of different activities the team has been monitoring using low-power radio waves. Read More

Hampton Creek says the FDA has cleared its products, wants to hear back from Target

 Hampton Creek has just informed TechCrunch that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved of the safety and labeling of all of its products. It would now like to know if Target wants to put them back on the shelf. In late June, the retail giant yanked Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo eggless mayonnaise spread, along with 20 other products from all stores and on Target.com after hearing… Read More

How high-tech breast pumps help new mothers reclaim their time

 HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk HUUUURRRRRRK hurk… When you are pregnant, everyone tells you that nothing can ever prepare you for parenthood. What they should also tell you, however, is that nothing can ever prepare you for the distinctive sound of an electric breast pump. Read More