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Telehealth startup Cerebral entered the medical tech scene two years ago, backed by over $400 million in venture funding and a promise: remote access to mental health professionals and treatment that could help patients with a range of behavioral challenges, from depression to anxiety to ADHD, all bundled in a neat monthly subscription priced at $100 per month.

But by May of this year, Cerebral’s practices began to crumble under scrutiny. The company’s problems accelerated when an ex-executive filed a lawsuit in April alleging he was fired for speaking out against the Cerebral’s tendency to over-prescribe ADHD stimulants. The lawsuit then led to a Justice Department investigation into the company’s “possible violations” of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which is still pending alongside a separate inquiry from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Oral hygiene is crucial to staying healthy, yet in 2021, 76.5 million Americans did not have dental insurance. COVID-19 only exacerbated those concerns.

With its affordable pricing, hassle-free visits, and tech-enabled teeth cleaning and whitening services that launched earlier this year, West Hollywood-based Pearline Health, a salon-style dental studio, is removing barriers to traditional dental cleanings.

Pearline was founded in 2022 by Dr. Jamie Sands—a Los Angeles-based dentist of over 20 years—and Carolyn Yashari Becher, an Iranian-American entrepreneur who co-founded HopSkipDrive. They saw the lack of access to dental care and linked up after their Beverly Hills high school days to offer affordable and efficient teeth cleaning services.

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For $15 a month plus insurance, your doctor's office could look like the inside of a trendy restaurant in New York City or an office at Bloomberg's headquarters.

Welcome to the well-decorated world of women's health care, as envisioned by Carolyn Witte, a CEO in the booming femtech market buoyed by new VC money. That funding has only picked up since the pandemic began.

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