Apple bets big on health with new smartwatch and fitness subscription

  •  Apple announced a new fitness subscription and a blood oxygen sensor on the Apple Watch Series 6.
  • The new products showcase the tech giant’s bullish view on revenue opportunities within the health and fitness segment.

At its “Time Flies” event this week, Apple announced a new fitness subscription program and that the Apple Watch Series 6 will come equipped with blood oxygen monitoring, demonstrating the company’s commitment to expanding within the health and wellness industry.

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Apple bets big on health with Watch sensor and fitness subscription.

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Though health served as the central theme of the event, Apple also unveiled the eighth-generation iPad built with its in-house A12 Bionic chip, as well as a new iPad Air. 

Here are two of Apple’s biggest health-related announcements from the event: 

  • It debuted Fitness Plus, a subscription service for virtual fitness classes. Fitness Plus classes are offered through a standalone $10
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Harvard medical student knocks down a big barrier to COVID-19 info

When Victor Lopez-Carmen graduates from Harvard Medical School, he’ll be one of only about 3,500 Native American physicians. This relatively small number means that Native Americans often can’t get representative care: For every 100,000 Native people in the United States, there are only 65 physicians of the same background. This imbalance replicates itself for indigenous people throughout the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the problem to the fore as these communities have faced some of the virus’s most brutal outcomes. In the United States, Native Americans test positive at 3.5 times the rate of white people, on top of having higher rates of poverty and compounding factors like hypertension and diabetes. Across the globe, indigenous communities have been left stranded without resources, culturally relevant care, or public health information in their native languages.

a group of people standing in the grass: Emily Lerosion, a leader in the Samburu tribe in northern Kenya, shared COVID-19 information that was produced as part of the Translations 4 Our Nations project.

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Emily Lerosion, a leader in the Samburu tribe in northern Kenya, shared COVID-19

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Apple betting big on health with Fitness Plus, new Apple Watch

An Apple product a day can help keep the doctor away — at least that’s what the iPhone maker is banking on with its new slate of health offerings.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant on Tuesday launched an all-new virtual workout subscription service called Fitness Plus, which offers Peloton-like virtual classes at a time when people are increasingly looking for ways keep in shape without having to go to the gym.

The iPhone maker also introduced a new Apple Watch with faster computing power that monitors blood oxygen — a tool that’s become an increasingly popular during to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Apple also unveiled updates to its mid-priced iPad Air as demand for such home-computing products surges.

The new fitness service, watch and iPad Air were unveiled at the company’s first ever all-virtual product launch event, which took place at its headquarters without the usual throngs of tech journalists

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The BIG Wedding Beauty Prep Countdown: An Expert’s Timeline

If there were one teensy silver lining to wedding season being postponed, green-lit, then thrown up in the air again (like that bouquet you never got to volley), it’s that you have more time to prep and revel in the process before the big day comes and goes.

Let’s face it, weddings can be a lot of work, and by the time you’ve finalised the guest list, picked out your wedding dress and booked the photographer, you may have already missed the sweet spot for long-term beauty prep like teeth straightening or even tweaks to your skincare routine (golden rule: don’t mix it up too much just before the day itself – your skin will need some time to adjust).

We spoke to cosmetic dental surgeon and facial aesthetic expert, Dr Zainab Al-Mukhtar, for her insider countdown on which treatments, procedures and products to consider when.

I’m having to

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For health workers, the pandemic Tour de France is a big ask


Caregiver Maude Leneveu, left, and union representative Corinne Bryand, pose outside the Pasteur hospital where they work in Nice, southern France, and where the Tour de France is racing this week-end, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Both say the race should go ahead, despite increasing infections in France’s battle against the coronavirus.


Likely too busy racing to notice, the 176 riders starting the Tour de France this weekend will speed close to a sprawling hospital where caregiver Maude Leneveu is still reeling from furious months treating patients stricken and dying from COVID-19.

After her 12-hour days of cleaning their bedpans, changing the sheets, feeding them and trying to calm their fears, she’d then go home to breastfeed her baby daughter.

“We’re all exhausted,” the 30-year-old Leneveu says.

With coronavirus infections picking up again across France and her hospital in the Mediterranean city of Nice preparing for

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Second Republic dreams big for Ekusileni Medical Centre

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Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter
THE upcoming Ekusileni Specialist Medical Research and Teaching Hospital in Bulawayo is set to be a hub for innovative research and an attractant for skilled Zimbabweans in the diaspora to return and share their expertise.

It is also a dream of the Second Republic to transform Ekusileni Medical Centre into a major foreign currency earner through medical tourism.

Medical tourism is where people travel to other countries to receive medical, dental and surgical care while at the same time receiving equal to or greater care than they would have in their own country, and are travelling for medical care because of affordability, better access to care or a higher level of quality of care.

Renowned paediatrician and newly-appointed National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Faculty of Medicine deputy dean, Dr Wedu Ndebele, noted that the university needs constant support to make Zimbabwe, among

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Alphabet’s Verily Plans to Use Big Data for Health Insurance

(Bloomberg) — Verily, the Alphabet Inc. life sciences unit that’s previously targeted mosquito-borne illness and launched Covid-19 testing programs, is getting into the health insurance business.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Bay Area company announced a new subsidiary named Coefficient Insurance that will also be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, the commercial insurance unit of Swiss Re Group.

The company will sell stop-loss insurance, a type that helps cover unexpectedly large claims against employers who self-fund their health-benefit policies. Generally, these employers set a threshold for how much they choose to pay out based on projected costs, and stop-loss insurance covers the claims when the threshold is surpassed.

Verily hopes that by adding its data-crunching and technological prowess to the equation, it can help employers more accurately assess what sort of risks they face and, eventually, intervene to better predict and control health-care spending on individual employees. With about

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Teeth Whitening Is Big Business, But Do Over-The-Counter Products Really Work : Shots

Surface stains from things like coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine can be lightened with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleaning in the dental office. But deeper stains that come with age and damage to the tooth require bleaching agents or veneers.

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Surface stains from things like coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine can be lightened with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleaning in the dental office. But deeper stains that come with age and damage to the tooth require bleaching agents or veneers.

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Walk down the aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store and you’ll be bombarded by a dizzying array of bleaching products, from gels and strips to paint-on bleach.

Cosmetic tooth bleaching is a $3.2 billion global industry, according to market analysts, and it’s getting bigger fast. It’s easy to

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7 recent big tech partnerships in healthcare: Amazon, Google & more

Here are seven recent partnerships between healthcare organizations and big tech companies including Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. 

1. Anthem at the end of June launched the Anthem Skill for Amazon’s Echo and Alexa. Members in multiple markets can now ask the devices to provide information about their medical and dental health plans.

2. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Microsoft and Adobe deployed the second wave of WBA’s digital transformation: a new digital offering for personalized healthcare and shopping. The new platform gives customers access to WBA’s global pharmacy and retail businesses.

3. Allscripts in July announced a five-year extension of its alliance with Microsoft, designating the tech giant as its new cloud provider.

4. UCLA teamed up with Apple in August to launch a three-year study analyzing the relationship between patients’ mental health symptoms

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Big money may soon be chasing the ‘Robinhood’ investor: Morning Brief

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Institutional investors are underexposed to the stock market

One of the most fascinating stories in finance right now is the explosion of retail investors riding the stock market’s current three-month long rally higher.

“The global pandemic brought retail investors back into the equity market after being largely absent for a decade,” Deutsche Bank strategist Binky Chadha wrote last week.

“They were important buyers of the correction in equities.”

The phenomenon has caught the attention of more Wall Street experts, who are split on whether or not this ‘Robinhood’ class of investors is fueling the rally. However, they do seem to agree on one thing: as the retail class has been cleaning up, the big institutional money has largely been missing out.

“Institutional investor positioning in equities by contrast

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