The United States has an opioid problem. Heroin overdose deaths rates have tripped since 2010 according to one report -- and overall opioid overdose death rates have tripled since 2000. It's not going away.
You have, as of today, a one hundred per cent chance of dying. But a lot of people would like a little more time to do things, like eat interestingly-shaped pastas, or play catch with their grandchildren. That makes sense. I'd also like to do those things. But sometimes, our pursuit to eat lots of pasta or die trying leads some of us to make decisions that don't actually help -- like taking alternative, instead of conventional, cancer treatments.
Juicero began in secret. The startup, a sort of Keurig for cold-pressed plant-water -- which made headlines for the $US120 million ($161.8 million) in venture capital it secured from the likes of Google and Kleiner-Perkins between 2013 and 2015, and again when it announced its Wi-Fi-connected countertop appliance would cost a jaw-dropping $US700 ($943) on launch -- intended to keep its business free from prying eyes, either because it feared corporate espionage, mockery or both. Was it the future of convenient health food, or an overfunded subscription service for bags of chopped up plants?
Since launching in 2011, Silicon Valley healthcare startup Sano Intelligence has kept a low profile. Despite raising $US20 million ($26 million) in venture capital, the company founded by ex-Bain Capital analyst and bioengineering grad Ashwin Pushpala has yet to release its product -- a continuous glucose tracker that sticks to a users' skin and monitors blood through an app. Gizmodo has obtained new details about the device, and how the company intends to market it as a product for "metabolic insight" for non-diabetics, rather than to diabetics who regularly need to track their glucose. The strategy means Sano doesn't need FDA approval in the US, but doctors and diabetes experts interviewed by Gizmodo question whether the product would have any benefits to non-diabetics at all.
You most certainly know someone taking fish oil pills -- those fishy, translucent gold capsules -- for their purported heart benefits. But evidence continues to mount that fish oil might be snake oil. At the very least, it doesn't pack nearly the punch we once thought. Instead, it's probably just worth eating actual fish, which is loaded with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals.