Health Tech

Shocking wearable tech: LifeVest saves San Marcos man's life during cardiac arrest

On May 13, a hot day in San Marcos, a garment saved Roger Hunt's life. He was in his sprawling, wooded backyard, walking with two friends through the workshop he built himself. The visitors were a father and son advising him on mortgage and property...

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How an Austin company is playing a role in the fight against Zika

Austin-based biomedical company Luminex Corp. says it has received an emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell a newly developed test for the Zika virus.  In partnership with Rockville, Md.-based GenArraytion, Luminex...

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Talking selfie elbow and other ergonomic dangers with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio, it was time to discuss the ergonomics of technology, and what happens when our gadgets cause to suffer from eye strain, "Text neck," carpel tunnel or the dreaded "Selfie elbow?" In the segment, we talk about...

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It's a done deal: Zimmer Biomet completes its purchase of Austin-based LDR Holding Corp.

Zimmer Biomet said Wednesday it has completed its $1 billion purchase of Austin-based LDR Holding Corp.  LDR Holding, which was founded in 2000, develops surgical technologies for patients suffering from spine disorders. The company employs 200 people...

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Helmet for treating depression being used in Austin

Danny Pyka, an Austinite who worked for Mercedes-Benz for about 10 years, had been suffering from depression for so long and so severely that he was certain his suicidal thoughts would eventually lead to the end of his life. "It was just miserable...

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Austin's Blue Goji adding VR to its fitness games

Blue Goji, an Austin company that's been working on marrying unused workout equipment in the home with apps that promote fitness, is now stepping up to virtual reality. The company says it's developing about five games, to be available by the end...

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Austin startup that links patients with clinical trials scores new funding

Tom Dorsett got the idea for ePatientFinder after looking into clinical trials for his daughter, who was born with a large port-wine stain birthmark. Their medical specialist didn't know of any,  so Dorsett began searching online and found that over...

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Should LDR's Austin employees be worried? Zimmer has a history of buying Austin companies and shutting them down

When news broke Tuesday that Zimmer Biomet was spending $1 billion to buy local medical device company LDR Holdings, it's understandable if some employees were wary about holding on to their jobs.  That's because Zimmer Biomet has previously purchased...

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Zimmer Biomet offers to buy Austin-based LDR for $1 billion

 Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy Austin-based LDR Holding Corp. in a deal valued at $1 billion.  LDR Holding develops surgical technologies for patients suffering from spine disorders. They employ 200 people in Austin and over 550 people...

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Texas A&M biosecurity center working on new anthrax vaccine

Back in 2012, the federal government picked Texas A&M University as home to a new biosecurity center — one of three U.S. sites expected to play a key role in developing and manufacturing drugs to fight bioterrorist threats, pandemic influenza...

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