Apple and Cochlear team up to roll out the first implant made for the iPhone

 Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a patient’s surgically embedded sound processor. The device also allows those with the… Read More

Yelp adds C-section rates and other stats for all baby delivery hospitals in California

 Having a baby and want to know if your hospital is particularly C-section happy? Yelp aims to make that process a bit easier with the addition of a new maternity care rate feature. Expectant mothers have been able to get similar information about the maternity care of a particular hospital from state websites already but the information is often hard to find. Yelp, which rolled the feature… Read More

B-Secur’s heartbeat biometric ID tech bags $4.5M

 Northern Ireland based B-Secur has closed a £3.5m (~$4.5M) late stage seed investment for its biometric authentication technology that utilizes an individual’s unique heartbeat pattern, known as an electrocardiogram (ECG), to — in its words — “quickly and securely authenticate identity”. Read More

EverlyWell rolls out three new DNA-based products for food sensitivity, metabolism and breast milk

 There’s a lot going on in commercial DNA testing beyond what eye color you have or where your mitochondria comes from these days and at-home lab testing startup EverlyWell hopes to cash in. The startup has launched three new products today, based on your DNA to help get it there, including a food sensitivity test, DNA factors for your metabolism and breast milk DHA. Food… Read More

KKR confirms it will buy WebMD for $2.8B in cash

 Some consolidation is afoot in the world on health-focused online media properties. Today, WebMD, one of the biggest sites in the world for health-related information — announced that it would be acquired by Internet Brands — the company that is controlled by KKR and owns a large portfolio of B2B and B2C websites in verticals like automotive, health, home, travel and legal —… Read More

KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD

 Private equity giant KKR is said to be in acquisition talks with medical site WebMD, according to a report from Reuters on Sunday. Shares of WebMD ticked up slightly in after-hours trading after the report. The price of the potential offer could not be learned, but the public market cap last valued the company at $2.1 billion. Shares are down 10% compared to a year ago, but up 11% since the… Read More

KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD

 Private equity giant KKR is said to be in acquisition talks with medical site WebMD, according to a report from Reuters on Sunday. Shares of WebMD ticked up slightly in after-hours trading after the report. The price of the potential offer could not be learned, but the public market cap last valued the company at $2.1 billion. Shares are down 10% compared to a year ago, but up 11% since the… Read More