Weekly MaxWellness - 4/25

The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.

What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.

Nike stops making wearable hardware, ends fuelband

  • Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET.

The two reasons Obamacare hit 7 million enrollees

  • There's a very simple reason that Obamacare hit 8 million sign-ups: Being uninsured is horrible. Back in December, when the web site's woes were fresh in everyone's mind, I made a prediction that sounded strange even to me: Obamacare might still hit its 7 million enrollees. The reason I made that prediction was I'd been talking to the uninsured who'd been spending hours or days or weeks trying to get through the web site. They were frustrated and they were angry. But not one of them had given up.

The quantified computer scientist: Larry Smarr on the future of medicine

  • In short, he is the ultimate example of the quantified self. The Atlantic dubbed him “The Measured Man.” He’s leveraging the considerable computing resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center to study the potential for applying more and better data to personalized medicine, in particular by researching the unique makeup of organisms within our bodies known as the microbiome.

New personal health assistance app "Better" launches with Mayo Clinic

  • Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them navigate the complex new world of healthcare.

Scientists begin unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records

  • Inside an otherwise ordinary office building in lower Manhattan, government-funded scientists have begun collecting and connecting together terabytes of patient medical records in what may be one of the most radical projects in health care ever attempted.

Facebook acquires activity tracking app Moves

  • Facebook has acquired the motion tracking app for Android and iPhone ‘Moves,‘ the startup announced today via a blog post. The company’s founders say that the Moves crew will join Facebook’s team to “work on building and improving their products and services” and that the Moves app will continue to operate on its own as a standalone experience.

From KPCB: How Obamacare is spurring new healthcare startups

  • Spurred by the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare system in 2014 has entered a period of titanic change. The process will be messy and disruptive – it already is. While challenging for consumers of healthcare services, the shifting landscape provides tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs, setting up the potential for an accelerated shift in healthcare delivery in the U.S.