Mental health company for seniors launches with $32M seed round

Rippl, a company focused on providing mental health solutions to seniors with dementia and other cognitive conditions, launched with a $32 million seed round led by ARCH Venture Partners and General Catalyst. GV, F-Prime Capital and Mass General Brigham Ventures also participated. WHAT THEY DO The company, led by Starbucks veteran Kris Engskov, said it … Read more

Grocery delivery company Instacart launches health division

Grocery delivery service Instacart is launching a new health division as the company prepares for its upcoming initial public offering. Instacart Health will include new products focused on providing nutritious foods, strategic partnerships with organizations like Partnership for a Healthier America and food-policy advocacy, like expanding online access to EBT SNAP and TANF assistance programs. … Read more

Vision benefits company XP Health raises $17.1M and more digital health fundings

XP Health, a company developing a digital-first vision benefits platform, raised $17.1 million in a Series A funding round led by HC9 Ventures, Valor Capital Group and ManchesterStory. Additional investors include Core Innovation Capital, GSR Ventures, Canvas Ventures, Plug and Play, CameronVC, Ken Goulet, Kevin Hill, Jeff Epstein and Brett Rochkind. This recent funding round … Read more

6 Groups Making Mental Health Care More Accessible to BIPOC

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened mental health across the board in the US, but people of color—who disproportionately suffered the worst effects of COVID-19 and have historically lacked adequate access to mental health care—were hit especially hard. One 2022 study found that Black, Hispanic, and Asian adults in the US “exhibited much worse mental health during … Read more

Q&A: AION Labs’ new startup aims to streamline the drug discovery process

this week Israel-based AION Labs, an AI-enabled drug discovery partnership between global pharma and tech companies like AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer, Teva, Israel Biotech Fund and Amazon Web Services, announced the formation of a new startup company dubbed OMEC.AI. OMEC.AI aims to build a computational platform using AI that can help assess the clinical trial readiness … Read more

How to Manage Shift Work

Most people’s sleep issues can be solved by simply prioritizing sleep and making a few changes. Turn off the phone at night, pick a bedtime and stick to it, get more light during the day, eat dinner early (or not at all), stay physically active, don’t let the day’s anxieties and tasks build up and … Read more

Hospitals often reap profits in places where many patients carry medical debt : Shots

Aerial view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Some hospitals in Texas and around the U.S. are seeing high profits, even as their bills force patients into debt. Of the nation’s 20 most populous counties, none has a higher concentration of medical debt than Tarrant County, home to Fort Worth. Jupiterimages/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption … Read more