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The new Apple Watch shows the money Big Tech sees in health

Apple Inc’s new watch is the latest proof: Big Tech is trying to remake health care in its own image.

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Smartphones: Bane and boon to mental health

The very smartphone that people claim is causing depression can also be used to improve one’s mental health.

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A US$6bil China startup wants to be the Amazon of health care

As soon as you’re diagnosed as diabetic, ads for treatments show up on social feeds. You get alerts on health supplements, maybe nutrition tips. Prompts on insurance policies pop up on your phone.

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Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' – addiction to videogames has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.

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Alphabet to invest US$375mil in health insurer Oscar Health

Alphabet Inc plans to invest US$375mil in Oscar Health, helping it expand to more markets and business segments, including Medicare Advantage in 2020, the health insurance startup said.

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Amazon makes US$1bil splash in health care, buying PillPack

Amazon.com Inc is buying its way into the heart of the US health-care system, instantly shaking up a prescription-drug industry already in the midst of a broader transformation.

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Google taking over health records raises patient privacy fears

Three years ago, artificial intelligence company DeepMind embarked on a landmark effort to transform health care in the UK. Now plans by owner Alphabet Inc to wrap the partnership into its Google search engine business are tripping alarm bells about privacy.

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Apple gives developers access to Health Records API for improved consumer health care

Apple announced on June 4 that researchers and developers will soon have access to a Health Records API, allowing them to further health research and give US consumers a more individual experience.

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US FTC asking Apple about health data protection

The US Federal Trade Commission is seeking assurances from Apple Inc that it will prevent sensitive health data collected by its upcoming smartwatch and other mobile devices from being used without owners' consent, two sources told Reuters.

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US teens change behaviour after searching health info online

One in three American teenagers have changed their behaviour after looking up health information online, according to a major study on adolescents and technology released on June 2.