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GeekWire Radio: Using a smartphone to help overcome your bad habits

Can your smartphone help you quit smoking, or stop overeating? Yes, according to our guest this week on the GeekWire radio show. We’re joined in the studio by Jonathan Bricker, PhD., a behavioral scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and led the first randomized, controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of smoking cessation apps. His research… Read More

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‘SmartQuit’ smoking cessation app lands $250k grant, exclusive Fred Hutch license

A smartphone app called “SmartQuit,” proven in clinical studies to help people stop smoking, will be brought to market after landing a $250,000 grant from the Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund, and reaching an exclusive licensing agreement with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The agreement was announced this morning, and the app is… Read More

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Cardiac Dimensions raises $20M to sell heart-valve repair technology

AlCardiac Dimensions, a Kirkland-based company building heart-valve repair technology, today announced a $20 million round of financing led by M. H. Carnegie & Co. and Lumira Capital. Founded in 2001, Cardiac Dimensions has developed a way to address cardiovascular conditions with its Carillon Mitral Contour System, a non-surgical device that treats a form of congestive heart failure… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More

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Bill Gates: India being polio-free is ‘one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health’

For the past three years, not a single person in India has been diagnosed with polio. The country is now officially polio-free — an extremely impressive achievement when you consider India’s recent history with the disease. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shared his thoughts today and called the milestone “one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health, ever.” “India… Read More

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Appature parent IMS Health files for $100 million IPO

IMS Health, the healthcare data company which last year acquired Seattle-based Appature, has filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health employs 9,300 people, including a growing presence in Seattle, and posted revenue of $2.44 billion in 2012. It has more than 5,000 clients in 100 countries,… Read More

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Paul Allen backs research project to restore hand, arm movement after spinal cord injuries

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is providing a $1.5 million grant to researchers at the University of Washington to continue work on a system that uses neural signaling and other technologies to restore hand and arm movements for those who’ve suffered from spinal cord injuries. The effort is known as the Brain-Computer-Spinal-Interface Project, and… Read More

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Brooks Running starts online community with help from MapMyFitness

There are all kinds of ways companies today try to encourage people to exercise, be it through gift certificate incentives or charitable donations. But now Seattle-based Brooks Running Company is doing something a little different, especially for a sportswear company. The shoe-maker just partnered with the popular MapMyFitness app to launch an online running community… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: GeoPalz motivates kids to exercise with reward system

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  As technology becomes more prevalent in today’s world, seeing… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: Nextstep.io teaches you about yourself with exercise data

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  There are countless fitness activity trackers available… Read More

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A CPR coach: New $1,795 device measures chest compressions in real time

Redmond-based Physio-Control today rolled out a new technology called TrueCPR which is designed to help first responders and other health professionals more accurately determine whether they are performing CPR chest compressions properly. The unit uses a proprietary technology known as Triaxial Field Induction to monitor the depth of compressions, using magnetic fields to pinpoint the exact… Read More

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EveryMove partners with popular Endomondo sports tracker app

EveryMove, a Seattle-based startup that lets users track their healthy habits and rewards them with gift cards and reduced health-care premiums, has partnered with the popular sports tracking app Endomondo. As a result of the deal, EveryMove users can earn points from workouts tracked on Endomondo. In a blog post, the company wrote that it saw high demand… Read More

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Here comes Cody, another fitness-oriented app

Based on how much brain power is going into creating health and fitness technologies, you’d be surprised that there’s an obesity problem in this country. Nearly every week we come across a new application in the health, fitness and wellness arena. This week, for example, we’ve already written about Mindbloom’s Proof which allows users to set… Read More