Echo, the medication management app, has been acquired by LloydsPharmacy-owner McKesson

Echo, the U.K. startup that offers an app to help you manage your medication and order repeat prescriptions for delivery, has been acquired by healthcare company McKesson, owner of LloydsPharmacy. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. However, I understand the buyout sees all of Echo’s existing investors exit, with McKesson becoming the majority shareholder and the remaining shares divided amongst Echo management and other staff. Echo was backed by White Star Capital, MMC Ventures, Rocket Internet’s GFC, Hambro Perks, Public.io and LocalGlobe. Echo was founded in 2015 by Sai Lakshmi, who previously worked in biz dev for Apple, and Stephen Bourke, who (notably) was previously a manager at LloydsPharmacy’s online doctor service. Lakshmi stepped down as CEO of Echo in …

The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, research says

(CNN)The suicide rate in the United States continues to climb, with a rate in 2017 that was 33% higher than in 1999, new research finds. The report noted that America’s suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II. Those who identify as American Indian or Alaska Natives had the highest increase among all race and ethnicity groups, according to the research. The research included data on deaths in the United States from the National Vital Statistics System’s multiple cause of death files for 1999 and 2017. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. Other studies have found increases in suicide rates, especially among adolescents …

Careteam aims to unite patients and healthcare providers with a platform approach

How best to untangle the Gordian knot that is navigating your own healthcare? It’s a tricky question, and one that seems to have become only more complicated as technology improves, in many regards — systems don’t necessarily speak to one another, and it’s still hard for an ordinary patient without specialist knowledge to make sense of everything. Careteam is a Canadian startup hoping to address that, looking to replicate the kind of advances made possible by technology in industries like e-commerce and enterprise software. Careteam co-founder and CEO Dr. Alexandra Greenhill has experienced the frustration of being a tech-savvy person in a world of healthcare that can seem technologically inept — both as a practicing GP and as someone who …

Zava bags $32M to expand its AI-free telehealth service in Europe

More money is being injected into the telehealth space in Europe. Zava, a long-time player that bills its online service as offering a “discreet and convenient” alternative to an in-person doctor visit, has just announced a $32 million Series A round, led by growth equity firm HPE Growth. Zava relies on patients filling in an online medical questionnaire which is reviewed by a person from its team of in-house doctors/clinicians as part of the remote consultation process. Test kits and/or medicine can follow in the post or be sent to a pharmacy for the patient to collect. “Zava provides reliable and convenient access to a qualified clinical team, via written communication, which drives an effective patient:doctor relationship,” says co-founder and …

Diagnosed with ALS at 14, she’s now a disability lifestyle influencer

(CNN)Lauren “Lolo” Spencer was that rambunctious girl you’d see on the playground: She loved running, street hockey and dancing. But when she turned 14, she started feeling fatigued and became concerned after noticing that her muscles had begun to weaken. “My body has changed very slowly, thankfully. I just made a decision that I was going to live my life to the fullest. [ALS] was not going to be my story.” Now in her early 30s, Spencer is thriving on her own but admits that it’s not easy. Follow her around, and you begin to understand her challenges. On a recent Friday, she was in her neighborhood, looking for a place to get a tattoo. At the tattoo parlor, she …

Brexit effect forces women to go to Netherlands for abortions

Charity says visa delays making it harder for immigrant women in Ireland to travel to UK A pro-choice charity that for decades has helped thousands of Irish women access abortions in England is sending foreign nationals to the Netherlands due to tighter UK visa regulations and the effects of Brexit. The Abortion Support Network (ASN) said it was guiding immigrant women in Ireland towards Dutch abortion facilities because it was taking too long to obtain visas for English clinics. The London-based organisation also warned that even EU citizens living in the republic may have to travel to Holland for terminations after Brexit rather than crossing the Irish Sea. ASN saidit was focusing on helping women from Ireland who were more …

Experience: I woke up from a coma speaking French

I still dont know why I spoke French. Ive never had any desire to visit France It was May 2006, and I had just been swimming. I was on my way from my home in Hastings to work as a revenue executive for HMRC. It was raining hard, and the visibility was terrible. I was crossing the road when a white van drove into me and I fell, hit the side of my head, and rolled under a parked car. I have no memory of it. In fact I didnt remember anything from a year before the accident until four years afterwards; I began to work out what had happened to me from what other people told me. I was …

Apples new Health feature tracks unsafe headphone volumes

According to recent numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly half of people aged 12-35 are at risk for hearing loss. That’s due in no small part to the explosive growth in “personal listening devices” like smartphones. Young people are cranking up the volume on their headphones and could be doing irreparable damage to their hearing in the process. One of the health features Apple didn’t get around to discussing onstage yesterday tracks headphone volume levels over time. The feature, which is available as part of the Health app, is able to track listening levels on calibrated and MFi headphones (including AirPods, Beats and the like). That information will be logged as either “OK” or “Loud” based on guidance …

‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

As anti-vaxx dispute rages, attention turns to California’s Waldorf schools

The private schools stress nature, creative expression and hands-on learning but the 27 in the state have very low vaccination rates On a rainy Saturday in May, small children in tall boots, wool caps and rain gear watched marionettes perform a fairytale in San Franciscos Golden Gate park. The crowd had gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf schools, the private schools that emphasize nature, creative expression and hands-on learning over tests and technology. It was an enchanting scene with piglet puppets, waving stars and tinkling chimes. It may also have been the largest under-vaccinatedgroup of children in the region. As according to the states kindergarten immunization assessment. At the Berkeley Rose Waldorf school and the Marin Waldorf school, …

MyndYou partners with Mizuho to expand senior care services assessing cognitive degeneration

MyndYou, which has developed a technology to assess cognitive degeneration in senior citizens, has partnered with the Japanese company “What we market today is anomaly detection and this allows us to go into the market without detecting specific anomalies,” says Ruth Poliakine, the company’s chief executive and co-founder. “As we grow and progress we see this going into more specific conditions and early conditions… first we have senior adults getting service.” MyndYou says it already has over ten occupational therapists that have incorporate use of the MyndYou app into treatment regimes for their patients. That means hundreds of patients are currently testing out MyndYou’s service, the company said. Partnering with Mizuho opens MyndYou up to a market that is acutely aware …

Readers tell how their relationships have survived or even been strengthened by infidelity and deception

I love my partner more since his affair Guardian readers on being betrayed For 40-year-old Anne, the 10 years she has spent with her partner have been defined by betrayal. A year into what I considered to be a near-perfect relationship, I found out Patrick had had an affair and that the woman was pregnant, she says. That child is now like my own and, although we initially split for a few months, Patrick and I have stayed together. People might find it strange but the affair made us closer and I love him now more than ever. Staying close after such a colossal betrayal may seem impossible, yet the relationship therapist Andrea Tibbitts has seen many similar situations. She …

Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban

The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, echoes even tighter restrictions passed by Alabama this week Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban approved, and the governor signed, a ban on abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Republican state senators there, fetal heartbeat bills by the extreme activists behind them, even though at six weeks supreme Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling guaranteeing the right to an abortion. Missouri Governor Parson should be ashamed of riding the disgraceful coattails of 25 white men in Alabama who just voted to ban safe, legal abortion, said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Missouris bill has a provision saying that if Roe is overturned, all abortions …

More than 800 cases of measles in US, with NY outbreak continuing to lead

(CNN)The number of measles cases in the United States is now at 839 for the year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly measles update. Some good news this week is that no new states reported cases, leaving the number unchanged at 23. The states that have reported measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington. But still troubling: Sixty-six of the 75 new cases were in New York, according to a source familiar with the measles situation in the United States. Of those, 41 were reported by New York City, and …

Ohio teen loses more than 100 pounds while walking to school every day

(CNN)Two years ago, Michael Watson was in a rut. The 6-foot-4 inch teen weighed 335 pounds and was often bullied about his weight. He walked to and from school in the rain and snow One low moment came was when a classmate told Watson he had something on his chin. When Watson rubbed his chin, the boy told him, “‘No, third one down,’” Watson said. “That really hurt.” Moments like that fueled his walking. Even if Watson wanted to take a day off, he couldn’t. “I didn’t even know when the bus came,” he said. And on days when it was raining, people would ask if he wanted a ride. Michael declined. In addition to the walking, the student made …

National Nurses Week recognizes the professionals Americans trust most

(CNN)Nurses consistently rank at the top of the country’s most trusted professionals. And this week, America celebrates them. There are more than 4 million registered nurses in the US, says the American Nursing Association. What degree do you need to become a nurse? According to the American Nursing Association, a diploma in nursing was once the most common route to becoming a nurse. But now there are various paths that one can take, as outlined here. How did Nurses Week originate? There were several attempts to recognize nurses annually. But it wasn’t until1993 that the American Nursing Association permanently designed a National Nurses Week to “celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.” How respected is nursing as a profession? For more …