Health, Fitness & Food

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. The official, Carl
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Health care giant UnitedHealth Group is suing one of its former executives for stealing trade secrets and taking them to a firm they consider a direct competitor — Amazon’s new health venture with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase. United’s Optum unit is suing former information technology executive David Smith for breach of contract in
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The Food and Drug Administration is exploring ways to help wean teenagers off nicotine as huge numbers of middle and high school students use Juul and other e-cigarettes. The uptick in vape usage has undercut and even eclipsed progress in reducing cigarette smoking, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says. Federal data showed teen use of e-cigarettes
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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned on Friday that if the partial government shutdown persists, it will force the FDA to make “hard decisions” on preserving key functions of the agency. The FDA cannot accept any new funding during the shutdown, which entered its 28th day on Friday. That has forced the agency
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Vic Gundotra has stepped down from his role as CEO of AliveCor for personal reasons, the executive told CNBC. “I’m leaving the company in a position of strength,” he said. “We all love Vic,” said David Albert, the company’s founder and chief medical officer. “We sold hundreds of thousands of devices and continue to gain
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Amazon is the e-commerce giant, a behemoth in cloud computing and an aspiring player in the pharmacy business. Across those industries, Amazon is scaring everyone, forcing them to partner up to defend themselves. The latest deal was announced on Tuesday, when drug store chain Walgreens said it’s teaming up with Microsoft for a seven-year agreement
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UnitedHealth Group kicks off earnings season for the health care sector Tuesday morning, and analysts are expecting double-digit sales and profit growth from the nation’s largest health insurance and health care services firm. UnitedHealth is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of $3.21 per share, up 23 percent year over year, according to analyst consensus estimates
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The first research research on Apple’s Health Records service has just been released and shows that users have a favorable view of its capabilities, though it hasn’t been widely adopted. Researchers at the University of California San Diego Health, one of the first health systems to integrate with Apple’s health service, spent a few months
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Chinese telecom giant Huawei fired a sales director arrested in Poland on charges of conducting espionage on behalf of China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Huawei, the world’s second largest maker of smartphones, further distanced itself from the employee, Wang Weijing, by issuing a statement that he had brought the company into “disrepute.”
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Tilray popped more than 20 percent Friday after its largest shareholder, a private equity fund backed by Peter Thiel, said it will not sell any of its remaining stake following the expiration of the marijuana grower’s IPO lock-up period next week. “Privateer Holdings strongly believes in Tilray’s long-term global growth strategy and pioneering role in
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Attendees at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, the industry’s largest annual event, unexpectedly got a taste of the government shutdown Tuesday. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s keynote address was delivered via video conference from a meeting room in Washington, D.C. to thousands of investment bankers and health-care executives, and his audio cut
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After announcing two major deals in December, GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley is optimistic about her efforts to transform Britain’s largest drugmaker. “I think we have tremendous opportunities to improve both operating performance and to get radical about reshaping our portfolio,” Walmsley told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on “Squawk Alley” on Monday. Walmsley took the helm of
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Since my company, Rock Health, began researching and tracking funding into the digital health space in 2011, we’ve reported steady growth nearly every year. 2018 was no different, with a massive $7.9 billion in venture filling start-ups’ coffers. But the signals we’re seeing — large, late-stage rounds at high valuations and shorter periods between early
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As an emergency room physician, Richard Zane often considers how software can help him their patients. The problem is that engineers and doctors are from different planets. Zane, who’s also the chief innovation officer at UCHealth in Colorado, said that most engineers he’s met have never seen the inner workings of a hospital and don’t
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