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Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

A telehealth startup called Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a state’s law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts there with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch has previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort of …

Moov locks down $12M Series B as it brings new wearables to market for real-time coaching

Motivation is hard to come by. If you’re lucky, you have friends that will go to the gym with you to keep you in line. If you’re wealthy, you can hire a personal trainer. But if your friends have long sense given up and your bank account is screaming mercy, your options are few and far between. The entire premise behind Moov is that wearables …

Lyft partners with Brookdale to bring on-demand rides to senior communities

Lyft has struck a landmark partnership with one of the largest operators of senior living facilities in the U.S., Brookdale Senior Living. Through this partnership, Brookdale residents will be able to book a Lyft ride, on-demand or pre-scheduled via a concierge in their community, no smartphones or apps required. The rides will be billed to their rooms, and they won’t have to give out personal …

Deloitte gears up for the launch of a $20 million XPRIZE to irradicate cancer

XPRIZE, the incentivized prize competition for breakthrough science and technology, has announced three new prizes. Among them — ALS, avatars and Deloitte’s Cancer XPRIZE. Deloitte is working in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute and Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to bring some of the best and brightest minds together to rid the world of what is the number one leading cause of …

What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Ask a set of healthcare professionals about the future and they’ll answer: “Mobile.” Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult Americans own a smartphone, and ownership rates among millennials reach above 80 percent. It’s clear that to stay relevant and access the next generation of patients, the healthcare industry must innovate its mobile efforts. But …

The Fitbit Flex 2 can go in the pool with you

Apple’s latest Watch was met with great applause when the company announced in September the thing could take a dive in the pool and keep on ticking. But the price and other bells and whistles of the Watch might be too much for those just looking for a simple way to track steps, laps and calories. Enter Fitbit’s Flex 2, which starts shipping tomorrow morning. It’s …

Coca-Cola is paying dietitians to tweet scare-stories about soda taxes

When registered dietitians like Roseanne Rust, Sylvia Klinger, Carol Berg Sloane tweet about proposed taxes on sugary drinks and claim that these will be used to impose “stealth tax” on other food, promoting the anti-soda-tax group Cart Choice (funded by Coke) they’re reflecting the deeply held views of the Coca-Cola company and its industry body, the American Beverage Association — and amazingly enough, they …

Theranos closes its labs and wellness centers, lays off 340

Theranos is closing its labs and wellness centers, CEO Elizabeth Holmes announced today in a post on the company blog. And this isn’t a temporary closure: the “approximately” 340 employees running them are out of a job. “After many months spent assessing our strengths and addressing our weaknesses, we have moved to structure our company around the model best aligned with our core values and …

Johnson & Johnson says people with diabetes don't need to worry about potentially lethal wireless attacks on insulin pumps

Rapid7 security researcher Jay Radcliffe (previously) has Type I diabetes, and has taken a personal interest in rooting out vulnerabilities in the networked, wireless-equipped blood-sugar monitors and insulin-pumps marketed to people with diabetes, repeatedly discovering potentially lethal defects in these devices. Recently, Radcliffe revealed that Johnson & Johnson’s 2008 Animas Onetouch Ping insulin pump did not encrypt communications between it and its remote …

The Cancer Moonshot needs a heavy dose of computational infrastructure

Julia Fan Li Crunch Network Contributor Julia Fan Li is senior vice president of commercial operations at Seven Bridges. Julia leads Seven Bridges’ U.K. office and international expansion, having previously helped launch the pioneering $108 million Global Health Investment Fund. How to join the network Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot task force. …