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This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating, massaging foam roller.

All integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and will integrate with GoogleFit in a few months.

“The InteractiveStudio is the first home gym that includes connected free-weight equipment with AI performance tracking and interactive live and on-demand coaching for a personalized workout experience,” the company says. “Interactive Studio has a substantially richer training experience with personalized, real-time data including repetitions, power and a proprietary Fitness IQ score.”

That Fitness IQ score is generated by AI, the company says, and includes data on peak and average power, heart rate, workout consistency, steps, body weight, and the fitness level you’ve chose to attain.

“Beyond fitness-tech products, my vision is to close the gap between fitness and health,” says JaxJox CEO Stephen Owusu. “By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing. We know working out is only one aspect of wellness and will continue to enhance our platform to provide an unparalleled experience.”

This type of home gym, that enables smart workouts either solo or with others — JaxJox has a gym friends feature that lets you work out with a few friends — is the future of home fitness. Along with a few other video-centric competitors (notably Peloton, which of course lacks the weights component) something like this feels like the future of gyms.

At least for those of us who aren’t planning to return to a public gym anytime soon.

I asked Owusu for a few more details via email:

John Koetsier: How close is the full hardware/software package to release?

Stephen Owusu: The InteractiveStudio will be released by the end of this year.

Koetsier: Is there a vision to eventually add a cycle and/or treadmill? Would you build it yourself or integrate with existing players?

Owusu: We always look for opportunities to simplify a consumers experience and allow them to integrate other fitness tech into our platform. That way they can bring all their data to one centralized location.

Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare

New Book Presents Non-Partisan, Solutions-Based Approach to Healthcare For All

Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global COVID-19 pandemic made apparent that the existing public policy and current healthcare systems are ill-prepared to deal with the global challenges of providing quality and affordable healthcare; still, a non-partisan solution to healthcare reform has yet to land on the table.

Until now.

In their book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare, authors Ambassador Pradeep K. Kapur and Dr. Joseph M. Chalil present SafetyNet, a healthcare-for-all policy, based on decades of experience in public policy and healthcare management, that challenges the world to have the political consensus to create meaningful change for all—both in the United States and worldwide.

Endorsed by policymakers, thought leaders, Ambassadors worldwide, leading healthcare professionals, and best-selling authors, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic asks the questions: what if it’s not reform we need, but instead a revolution? What if we reimagined a healthcare system with patients, not big pharma and insurance companies, in the driver’s seat?

For a solutions-based, scientifically, and data-driven approach to Healthcare For All, explore Ambassador Kapur and Dr. Chalil’s Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic—available today.


About the Authors:

Ambassador Pradeep K. Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers around the world. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia, as well as Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. 

His healthcare contributions include setting up the acclaimed bilateral India Nepal initiative, the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. Additionally, he brings decades of global public policy experience and historical perspectives to the solutions that make Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare unique.

A graduate of the globally acclaimed Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D), he is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF) of the WHEELS Global Foundation. 

Dr. Joseph M. Chalil, an author of several scientific and research papers in international publications, is the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and a member of Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) Executive Leadership Council. 

A veteran of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, he is board certified in healthcare management. He has been awarded a Fellowship by the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. 

He is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centered care. With over two decades of experience working in the U.S. healthcare system, he discusses healthcare delivery challenges, including providing quality, affordable patient care to all, and alternate templates for health insurance.


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Paperback: 276 pages

Publisher: TheUNN Corporation, October 5, 2020

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1735904813

ISBN-13: 978-1735904818


Are Outdoor Gyms the Future of Fitness?

On October 3, Equinox opened their latest gym in New York City’s Hudson Yards. Traditionally, such an outpost would have been housed in a well-appointed building: Inside the upscale mall of Brookfield Place, a grand neo-Grecian building in NoHo, or a limestone expanse on the Upper East Side. Instead, this one lies beyond temporarily erected black walls on a vacant corner of 30th street and 10th avenue. In fact, it’s not enclosed in any sort of structure at all. Which is exactly the point.

Called “Equinox + In the Wild,” this gym is completely outdoors. Treadmills, ellipticals, and rowing and weight machines are all under a tent, as is a fitness studio. Bathrooms are in a well-equipped trailer, and the locker room is a sleek black lean-to. Hand sanitizer stations dot the turf-field grounds, as do instructional signs: “Give Each Other Some Room,” reads one. “Suit Up: Masks must be worn at all times except when actively working out,” reads another. This is Equinox’s second open-air iteration: Last month, their first “In the Wild” Club opened in Los Angeles.

And it’s quite possibly a concept that is here to stay. While the world slowly begins to re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms, by and large, remain either closed or operating at severely reduced levels. (Especially in New York City: Indoors, they’re limited to 25 percent capacity indoors, and group classes aren’t allowed at all.) Sensibly so: An enclosed area where people are heavily breathing, expelling body fluids, and sharing equipment is ripe for viral spread. In fact, in South Korea, a coronavirus cluster was traced back to a fitness center). Yet people need to exercise; not just for their physical wellbeing, but their mental one: It’s proven to reduce anxiety and depression. So, how does society work out, well, how to workout?

Moving everything outside, like restaurants did, was the obvious answer. But that’s a relatively unexplored concept for the fitness industry and their consumers: Sure, restaurants face similar restrictions as gyms. The difference, however, is that many eateries already had the infrastructure, experience, and precedent to manage business outdoors. Plus, patrons are used to dining al fresco. Weightlifting al fresco? Not so much. So, while the name “In the Wild,” was a tongue-in-cheek reference to its location smack-dab in the middle of a concrete jungle, it also implies something else: a venturing into a relative unknown.

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Tough menopause may signal future heart issues, study says

As if the misery of hot flashes, night sweats and sleep troubles weren’t enough, now new research suggests that women who routinely experience moderate to severe menopausal symptoms have a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.

“This analysis assessed various menopausal symptoms and their association with health outcomes. Women with two or more moderate to severe menopausal symptoms had an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease,” said study author Dr. Matthew Nudy, a cardiology fellow at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

This study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, it only showed an association between menopausal symptoms and stroke and other heart and blood vessel diseases. It’s possible that menopause symptoms might not be a cause of these problems at all. It may be that other factors, such as obesity or diabetes, may lead to both menopausal symptoms and poor health outcomes.

Nudy also noted that past research has shown that women with menopausal symptoms often have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. They also may have poorer blood vessel health and increased levels of inflammation.

The latest research used data from a previous trial of more than 20,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79. The average follow-up time for the study was seven years.

The study looked for symptoms that included:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeats, such as a racing heartbeat or a feeling of skipped beats
  • Tremors
  • Feeling restless or fidgety
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache or migraine
  • Waking up multiple times at night.

The researchers found that when two or more of these symptoms were moderate to severe, the odds of stroke increased by 41%. The odds of any cardiovascular disease increased by 37% in women with two or more moderate to severe symptoms compared to women who had none.

Women who have multiple or more moderate to severe symptoms from menopause may be more likely to see a doctor for relief of those symptoms. Nudy said that’s a good opportunity for doctors to assess their heart disease and stroke risk.

Dr. Eugenia Gianos, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, reviewed the study and said it reaffirms previous studies on potentially negative effects associated with menopausal symptoms.

“Many cardiac syndromes are unique to women and hormonal differences may explain the differences noted,” Gianos said.

“Unfortunately, supplementation with calcium and vitamin D did not improve outcomes,” she added.

Future research needs to determine what factors may be responsible for the negative effects of menopause and menopausal symptoms on women’s health, and find ways to ease menopausal symptoms and any poor outcomes linked to them, Gianos noted.

The findings were presented this week at the virtual meeting of the North American Menopause Society. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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How a Lego-like shipping container is bringing the future of mobile medicine to Harris County

The future of mobile medicine is coming to Harris County, focused initially on community-based COVID-19 testing but available for any emergency response or disease care.

The so-called SmartPods, portable aluminum units developed by Baylor College of Medicine for the Ebola outbreak in Africa and envisioned by NASA for the Mars habitat, will be deployed in the United States for the first time in east Harris County’s Precinct 2. The initiative is the brainchild of Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who sees the units as a way to increase health care access and keep people out of hospitals.

“This is the 21st century MASH unit being made available here,” said Garcia. “Tents were the first phase. This is the second phase.”

The first of the SmartPods opened Tuesday at Northeast Community Center in Aldine. Two more will follow, one at East Harris Activity Center in Pasadena and one at Flukinger Community Center in Channelview. Dates for their openings have not yet been set.

Each SmartPod is a modular four-room medical unit — self-contained, fully powered but capable of going off grid, impervious to outside weather conditions — inside a recycled shipping container that inventor Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy says is “almost like Ikea.” Anandasabathy, an internal medicine professor and the director of Baylor Global Initiatives, touts how the pods can be linked like Legos, how they fold up in minutes. Though they don’t travel themselves, they can be easily picked up and transported to areas of need, typically by truck but also by ship or helicopter, for instance.

The pods cost less than 5 percent of a brick-and-mortar medical unit, said Anandasabapathy. Precinct 2 is spending a total of $2.9 million in county funding on the Aldine and Pasadena units, money that covers their design, construction, transport, medical equipment and medical services. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is expected to reimburse the money.

It is unclear if other Harris County commissioners will purchase units for their precincts, but Anandasabapathy said future plans call for the installation of two more in Precinct 2 — one for women’s health, and one for mental health. The SmartPod in Channelview, on loan from Baylor, will focus on primary care.

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Baylor is getting requests for the pods from other entities around the nation and globe. For now, it is able to build the units on demand, but hopes to turn the manufacturing over to a spin-off company by the end of the year.

The pods in Aldine and Pasadena, focused on COVID-19, feature respiratory isolation rooms. The hermetically sealed, negative-pressure rooms decrease the risk of airborne transmission of disease and enable doctors to treat contagious, sick patients in a safe way. Such rooms are impossible in tents and rare even in U.S. clinics.

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— 8 x 20 foot container that expands manually into a 400 square foot facility.

— Can withstand winds up to 116 miles per hour,

Ebola SmartPods bring future of mobile medicine to Harris County

The future of mobile medicine arrived in Harris County Tuesday, focused initially on community-based COVID-19 testing but available for any emergency response or disease care.

The so-called SmartPods, portable aluminum units developed by Baylor College of Medicine for the Ebola outbreak in Africa and envisioned by NASA for the Mars habitat, will be deployed in the United States for the first time in east Harris County’s Precinct 2. The initiative is the brainchild of Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who sees the units as a way to increase health care access and keep people out of hospitals.

“This is the 21st century MASH unit being made available here,” said Garcia, whose precinct is one of the region’s most medically underserved areas. “Tents were the first phase. This is the second phase.”

Each SmartPod is a modular three-bed medical unit — self-contained, fully powered, impervious to outside weather conditions — inside recycled shipping containers that inventor Sharmila Anandasabapathy says is “almost like Ikea.” Anandasabathy, an internal medicine doctor and the director of Baylor Global Initiatives, touts how the units are put together like Legos and can be folded up in minutes.

The pods cost less than 5 percent of the cost of a brick-and-mortar medical unit, said Anandasabapathy. Garcia is spending a total of $2.9 million on the units, which includes design, construction, transport, medical equipment and medical services.

The first of the SmartPods opened Tuesday at Northeast Community Center in Aldine. Others will be stationed at East Harris Activity Center in Pasadena and Flukinger Community Center in Channelview.

It is unclear if other Harris County precincts will purchase the units.

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What’s Challenging Growth in the Healthcare M&A Space During the COVID-19 Crisis? Infiniti’s M&A Support Experts Discuss the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic disruption in many major segments of North America, Europe, and APAC regions. For healthcare M&A this has translated into the collapse of deals that were underway and limited options for companies in the healthcare M&A space. How can healthcare M&A recover from the business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic? Infiniti’s experts observed that the high dependency on healthcare is expected to cause a surge in valuations once the situation normalizes. With Infiniti’s M&A support solutions, healthcare companies can focus on finding the ideal deal shortly and gain data-driven guidance from our experts. To stay a step ahead of changing market dynamics, and tackle the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on healthcare M&A, request a free proposal.

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Three Major Challenges Impacting the Healthcare M&A Space During the COVID-19 Crisis (Graphic: Business Wire)

The global healthcare sector has witnessed challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic in recent times. Healthcare institutions, medical professionals, and healthcare company boards are attempting to cope with the pandemic’s startling changes. The healthcare M&A space was similarly impacted, and healthcare mergers have reduced substantially in the second quarter of 2020. As the world works towards recovery, healthcare companies need to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on healthcare M&A and accordingly prepare for the future. Therefore, in their recent article, Infiniti’s M&A support experts discuss the biggest challenges of COVID-19 in the healthcare space, and two minor factors positively impacting the recovering healthcare M&A space.

“While investor support has increased due to the increasing need for healthcare globally, social and political unrest, struggling economies and volatility in financial markets are testing the healthcare industry. Healthcare M&A may be one of the most effective solutions to this crisis,” says an M&A support expert at Infiniti Research.

Speak to our industry experts to gain data-driven insights on the implications of COVID-19 in the healthcare industry, and strategize for the post-COVID era.

Infiniti’s experts identified the following three major challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in healthcare M&A:

  • Nationwide lockdowns and limitations for governing bodies have led to delays in acquiring regulatory clearance.

  • The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare M&A participants will change the valuation of both the buyer and seller.

  • Due to renewed safety and hygiene protocols, and social distancing has made it challenging for companies to conduct thorough due diligence, and delayed third-party approvals.

Gain comprehensive insights into the impact and solutions of these major challenges by reading the complete article here.

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Future Care, Inc. Partners With to Bring Easy and Convenient COVID-19 Testing to the Maritime Industry

Saliva Tests Can Be Administered Anywhere, Helping the Shipping and Cruise Line Industries Return to Sea

Future Care, Inc., an international medical management and cost containment service provider exclusively to the maritime industry, today announced it has partnered with, the leading technology company that provides precision testing as a service, to provide saliva-based COVID-19 tests to ship owners, managers and crew members traveling to United States ports.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: empowers partners with the ability to offer convenient, non-invasive, and remote options for precision diagnostic testing. Partners can offer patients, customers or employees diagnostic testing that eliminates inconvenient or even risky visits to testing centers while also eliminating long wait times for results.’s platform allows partners, like Future Care, to launch their private, secure and scalable testing portal quickly, and to have tracking and reporting that is essential for supporting a large distributed team.

“Given that many of our clients are not based in the United States and their ships spend only a brief time in a US port our ability through to have the crew self-administer the test while here and see their results onboard ship or at home via the individual secure portal in 48 hours is a welcome resource for our clients,” said Christina DeSimone, Future Care’s President and CEO. “The testing platform has proved to be a gamechanger in maritime COVID-19 testing, and we fully expect that it will help the cruise ship crews return to work, safely, when the time comes.” provides testing as a service, enabling partners to easily deploy, manage, and personalize testing at scale. The company pioneered the concept first in the field of DNA testing with a simple self-administered COVID-19 saliva test that was authorized by the FDA under EUA earlier this year.

Early in the pandemic, cruise ships sitting in United States ports were identified as a high-risk environment due to the high density of passengers and crew. As cruise lines prepare for reopening in late 2020 and 2021, Future Care is prepared to assist the industry through the use of’s test kits both in promoting infection-free re-boarding through easy to administer self-testing conducted prior to boarding.

“We aim to make precision testing easy and accessible for everyone and have developed the first technology infrastructure that makes precision testing into a service that our partners can use to launch testing in days to any of their customers anywhere in the country,” said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of “Crew members in the maritime industry, both of private cruise lines and commercial shipping, are often dispersed across the country before they meet for departure. Our saliva-based COVID-19 tests allow the crew to take the test wherever they are in the United States, so they can get back to work quickly and safely, without any delays from trying to find a testing site in a new city or lab lag times.”

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These Orgs Are Making Sure the Future Has Black Doctors

Only 5 percent of doctors in the U.S. identify as Black.

This is Race and Medicine, a series dedicated to unearthing the uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening truth about racism in healthcare. By highlighting the experiences of Black people and honoring their health journeys, we look to a future where medical racism is a thing of the past.

Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, racism and anti-Blackness are being examined in many American industries: healthcare is one of them.

In addition, the way in which COVID-19 has specifically impacted Black Americans now makes the inherent racism within healthcare very clear.

The current pandemic is exposing the consequences of racial discrimination within healthcare industries at every level. However, anti-Blackness in medicine and other related health disparities is nothing new for Black people.

The medical field has historically been an industry that perpetuates neglect and prejudice towards Black patients. There is also a notable lack of Black representation in active doctors and physicians in the United States.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2018 only 5 percent of all active physicians in the United States identify as Black or African American compared to 56.2 percent of active physicians in America who are white.

The lack of Black doctors and medical staff who have the ability to recognize health concerns in Black patients may have life threatening consequences.

Misogynoir, a term coined by Moya Bailey that means hatred of Black women, continues to perpetuate medical harm.

For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 700 women die each year in the United States from pregnancy-related complications. However, Black women are two to six times more likely to die due to pregnancy complications than white women.

To combat the effects of racism and lack of Black representation in the medical field, there are a number of organizations advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and doctors with the goal of breaking barriers and diversifying the healthcare industry.

Here are some of the organizations doing the work to make sure the future has more Black doctors and healthcare professionals.

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) has been advocating to “improve health, advance science, and foster careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeons” for over three decades.

In addition to diversifying faculty in academic surgery, SBAS seeks to promote their members into leadership positions as well as eliminate health disparities against BIPOC patients.

SBAS values mentoring its members in fellowship programs to achieve the goals stated in the organization’s mission statement.

Membership benefits for students within SBAS include access to the organization’s resources for the opportunity to enter their chosen medical profession and prepare for residencies.

They also offer access to a network of like-minded colleagues within the organization, opportunities to save money through SBAS student members-only programs, and more.

The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) is a nonprofit organization networked by Black women to support BIPOC