Stockhead is introducing regular wraps of news from the hottest ASX small cap themes.

Recently we’ve added columns on China-focused infant formula exporterscannabis stocks and battery metals.

Today we’re adding a fortnightly look at the ASX’s 140-odd small cap health stocks.

The big news in the health sector is the PM’s call for a Royal Commission into the aged care sector which sent the ASX’s aged care-related stocks into freefall on Monday.

It was one of the bigger health stories over the past fortnight, compounded by news that the National Disability Insurance Scheme was failing to rescue young people from aged care homes.

Stockhead‘s Rachel Williams reports that despite a 20 per cent fall in the value of some ASX aged care stocks, they still don’t look like an opportunity.

Just 47 of the ASX’s 140-odd small cap health stocks have seen share price rises over the past two weeks, compared with 73 which experienced falls (23 were flat).

There was an average share price movement of just 0.5 per cent.

>> Scroll down for a table showing the performance of small cap health stocks over the past two weeks

Two respiratory-related stocks made some of the biggest gains over that period.

Respiri (ASX:RSH) — up 39 per cent to 11c — makes what they call the world’s first digital wheeze detection and measurement technology.

It’s aimed at replacing outdated and difficult-to-use instruments for lung function testing.

Respiri announced earlier this month that SRX Global would produce the hardware.

Similarly, ResApp (ASX:RAP) was up 38 per cent to 27c. ResApp produces an app that allows for instant diagnosis and management of respiratory disease.

The company went into a trading halt on Monday morning, pending the release of an announcement about a capital raise that is due out on Wednesday.

Medlab Clinical (ASX:MDC) gained a hard-to-get medicinal cannabis export licence so that it can export its two cannabis mouth sprays.

The company is up 4 per cent in the past fortnight, hitting 48c.

Rhythm Biosciences (ASX:RHY), which listed in December last year, is also up around 4 per cent.

The company says that it is hoping to help treat bowel cancer, which is rising in Asia.

Podiatry roll-up Healthia (ASX:HLA) has had a good start to life on the ASX, with its share price rising 26 per cent since it listed last week.

The company launched a $27 million initial public offering back in August.

Healthia now owns the 56-strong chain of My FootDr podiatry clinics, an orthotics laboratory called iOrthotics, and half of an allied health supplies business called DBS Medical.

Chairman Glen Richards is hoping a co-owner model will allow Healthia to gain a large scale foothold in the fragmented $3 billion sector, much in the same way as he did with his vet clinic Greencross (ASX:GXH).

At the other end of the scale, mental health tech company Medibio (ASX:MEB) finds itself down 41 per cent in the past fortnight.

While the company reported good news earlier this month that its algorithm for detecting depression hit accuracy rates of about 70 per cent, it also lost its CEO, Jack Cosentino, who suddenly and unexpectedly departed the company.

Shares in Medibio are also down 77 per cent year-on-year. The company was trading at 8.8c yesterday.

Here’s a table showing price performance for the ASX’s small cap health stocks over the past two weeks.

Click headings to sort:

ASX code Company Two-week price change One-year price change Price Sep 17 (intraday) Category Market Cap
BPH BPH ENERGY 1 0 0.2c Life Sciences Tools & Services 1.4M
FFC FARMAFORCE 0.5 0.83 15c Health Care Services 19.2M
RSH RESPIRI 0.39 2.67 11c Health Care Equipment 54.4M
RAP RESAPP HEALTH 0.38 2.8 27c Health Care Technology 177.9M
ONE ONEVIEW HEAL 0.38 -0.57 $1.45 Health Care Technology 93.7M
EXL ELIXINOL GLOBAL (listed Jan 2018) 0.33 1 $2.00 Personal Products 187.8M
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAE 0.33 -0.25 12c Health Care Equipment 11.9M
PCK PAINCHEK 0.29 0.2 6.7c Health Care Technology 51.9M
GSS GENETIC SIGNATUR 0.27 0.63 65c Life Sciences Tools & Services 68.6M
POH PHOSPHAGENICS 0.26 0.26 2.4c Pharmaceuticals 36.3M
HLA HEALTHIA (listed Sep 11, 2018) 0.26 0.26 $1.26 Health Care Services 79.7M
ALC ALCIDION GROUP 0.22 -0.04 5c Health Care Technology 39.5M
BIT BIOTRON 0.21 0.13 1.7c Biotechnology 9.0M
GTG GENETIC TECH 0.2 0.71 1.2c Life Sciences Tools & Services 25.4M
THC HYDROPONICS 0.17 1.17 57.5c Pharmaceuticals 69.2M
IMM IMMUTEP 0.17 0.91 4.2c Biotechnology 124.1M
PIQ PROTEOMICS INTER 0.17 0.56 28c Life Sciences Tools & Services 22.8M
AJJ ASIAN AMERICAN 0.14 0.14 12c Health Care Services 40.5M
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS 0.14 -0.83 2.5c Personal Products 3.2M
MGZ MEDIGARD 0.13 -0.28 1.8c Health Care Supplies 2.4M
ACR ACRUX 0.12 0.35 23c Pharmaceuticals 39.1M
RHT RESONANCE HEALTH 0.09 0.09 2.4c Health Care Equipment 9.7M
NC6 NANOLLOSE (listed Oct 2017) 0.08 -0.35 13c Biotechnology 9.0M
BNO BIONOMICS 0.07 0.12 52c Biotechnology 255.9M
BXN BIOXYNE 0.07 0.33 3.2c Biotechnology 21.1M
SOM SOMNOMED 0.06 -0.45 $1.94 Health Care Equipment 121.0M
VHT VOLPARA HEALTH 0.06 0.62 90.5c Health Care Technology 161.2M
FTT FACTOR THERA 0.06 -0.04 5.5c Biotechnology 46.7M
BRC BRAIN RESOURCE 0.05 -0.38 4c Health Care Services 21.3M
AC8 AUSCANN GROUP 0.05 1.03 $1.03 Pharmaceuticals 327.6M
DXB DIMERIX 0.05 -0.31 1.5c Biotechnology 18.3M
ANP ANTISENSE THERAP 0.05 -0.32 2.3c Pharmaceuticals 8.5M
MDC c 0.04 -0.23 48c Biotechnology 98.8M
IPD IMPEDIMED 0.04 -0.36 50c Health Care Equipment 191.4M
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUT 0.04 0.13 38.5c Biotechnology 15.8M
RHY RHYTHM BIOSCIENC (listed Dec 2017) 0.04 -0.28 14.5c Health Care Services 14.1M
NHL NOVITA HEALTHCAR 0.03 0.1 3.4c Health Care Technology 15.3M
SDI SDI 0.03 0.05 61.5c Health Care Supplies 73.7M
OSP OSPREY MEDIC 0.02 -0.51 21c Health Care Equipment 71.3M
M7T MACH7 TECH 0.02 0.47 22c Health Care Technology 29.1M
S66 STAR COMBO PHARMA (listed May 2018) 0.02 0.75 87.5c Personal Products 69.6M
PAR PARADIGM BIOPHARMA 0.02 1.3 93c Biotechnology 121.2M
CDY CELLMID 0.01 -0.21 39.5c Biotechnology 32.1M
SDX SIENNA CANCER 0.01 -0.32 8.4c Biotechnology 22.5M
SIL SMILES INCLUSIVE (listed Apr 2018) 0.01 -0.03 97c Health Care Services 56.2M
PGC PARAGON CARE 0.01 -0.17 73.5c Health Care Distributors 205.7M
AHZ ADMEDUS (suspended) 0 -0.48 13.5c Health Care Supplies 47.6M
IVX INVION 0 17 3.6c Pharmaceuticals 197.7M
IMC IMMURON 0 0.76 33.5c Biotechnology 47.8M
IDT IDT AUSTRALIA 0 0.74 15c Pharmaceuticals 34.2M
ACL ALCHEMIA 0 0.29 0.9c Biotechnology 2.9M
RNO RHINOMED 0 0.22 22c Pharmaceuticals 24.1M
ALT ANALYTICA 0 0.2 0.6c Health Care Equipment 20.0M
MX1 MICRO-X 0 -0.14 34c Health Care Equipment 49.1M
PSQ PACIFIC SMILES G 0 -0.15 $1.45 Health Care Facilities 222.7M
MMJ MMJ PHYTOTECH 0 -0.18 27c Pharmaceuticals 64.4M
EHH EAGLE HEALTH HOL 0 -0.19 30c Personal Products 100.3M
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUT 0 -0.21 18.5c Pharmaceuticals 16.5M
ADO ANTEO DIAGNOSTIC 0 -0.28 1.3c Life Sciences Tools & Services 15.0M
AHX APIAM ANIMAL HEA 0 -0.28 56c Health Care Services 57.6M
VBS VECTUS BIOSYSTEM 0 -0.32 95c Biotechnology 22.2M
OBJ OBJ 0 -0.44 2.4c Pharmaceuticals 45.2M
CTE CRYOSITE 0 -0.51 6.4c Life Sciences Tools & Services 3.0M
ITD ITL HEALTH GROUP 0 -0.57 17.5c Health Care Supplies 15.0M
RVA REVA MEDICAL 0 -0.67 24c Health Care Equipment 85.0M
TTC TRADITIONAL THER 0 -0.71 5.8c Health Care Facilities 13.8M
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTI 0 -0.75 0.5c Pharmaceuticals 12.9M
LCT LIVING CELL TECH 0 -0.79 3c Biotechnology 16.6M
AXP AIRXPANDERS 0 -0.82 11.5c Health Care Equipment 58.5M
CAJ CAPITOL HEALTH -0.01 -0.01 27.8c Health Care Services 229.7M
ZNT ZENITAS HEALTHCA -0.01 0.11 $1.40 Health Care Services 103.8M
PXS PHARMAXIS -0.02 0.13 31.5c Pharmaceuticals 112.9M
ELX ELLEX MEDICAL LA -0.02 -0.2 76c Health Care Equipment 113.4M
UBI UNIVERSAL BI -0.02 -0.37 23.5c Health Care Equipment 41.5M
TLX TELIX PHARMA (listed Nov 2017) -0.02 0.32 85.5c Biotechnology 176.2M
ADR ADHERIUM -0.02 -0.07 8.5c Health Care Technology 14.8M
CYC CYCLOPHARM -0.03 0.23 90c Health Care Equipment 61.9M
GMV G MEDICAL INNHOL -0.03 -0.12 34c Health Care Technology 121.3M
1ST 1ST GROUP -0.03 -0.23 3.3c Health Care Technology 6.8M
PYC PHYLOGICA -0.03 -0.29 3c Biotechnology 64.2M
CAN CANN GROUP -0.03 1.36 $2.69 Pharmaceuticals 378.3M
KZA KAZIA THERAPEUTI -0.03 0.09 43.5c Biotechnology 21.1M
ICS ICSGLOBAL -0.03 0.08 $1.14 Health Care Services 12.1M
OCC ORTHOCELL -0.03 -0.16 28.5c Biotechnology 31.4M
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH -0.03 -0.11 8.5c Personal Products 19.6M
CMP COMPUMEDICS -0.04 0.26 49c Health Care Equipment 88.6M
TPE TPI ENTERPRISES -0.04 -0.42 $1.47 Life Sciences Tools & Services 122.0M
IMU IMUGENE -0.04 0.35 2.3c Biotechnology 82.8M
SCU STEMCELL UNITED -0.04 -0.23 2.3c Biotechnology 12.3M
NEU NEUREN PHARMACEU -0.04 0.05 $1.30 Pharmaceuticals 130.5M
PNV POLYNOVO -0.04 0.93 54c Biotechnology 361.9M
MVP MEDICAL DEVELOPM -0.04 -0.2 $3.86 Pharmaceuticals 247.3M
LBT LBT INNOVATIONS -0.05 -0.67 10.5c Health Care Equipment 21.1M
CGS COGSTATE -0.05 -0.41 62.5c Health Care Technology 74.3M
PAB PATRYS -0.05 0.41 4.1c Biotechnology 45.0M
IVQ INVITROCUE -0.05 0.18 10c Biotechnology 51.4M
MDR MEDADVISOR -0.05 0.14 4c Health Care Technology 51.6M
OPT OPTHEA -0.05 -0.23 59c Biotechnology 127.8M
GLH GLOBAL HEALTH -0.05 -0.42 19c Health Care Technology 6.5M
NVL NAT VET CARE -0.05 -0.17 $2.27 Health Care Services 134.5M
PAA PHARMAUST -0.05 -0.37 3.7c Pharmaceuticals 7.4M
PTX PRESCIENT THERAP -0.05 0.8 9c Biotechnology 20.8M
VLS VITA LIFE SCIENC -0.05 -0.28 7.2c Pharmaceuticals 39.5M
DVL DORSAVI -0.05 -0.67 9c Biotechnology 15.1M
ONT 1300 SMILES -0.06 -0.07 $6.02 Health Care Facilities 142.3M
AVH AVITA MEDICAL -0.06 0.69 9.1c Biotechnology 128.9M
NOX NOXOPHARM -0.06 0.82 60c Biotechnology 79.8M
AZV AZURE HEALTHCARE -0.06 -0.04 7.5c Health Care Equipment 17.5M
ZLD ZELDA THERAPEUTI -0.06 -0.08 7.3c Biotechnology 57.4M
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACE -0.07 1.04 9.8c Biotechnology 75.7M
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH -0.07 -0.42 8.1c Health Care Technology 6.1M
BLT BENITEC BIOPHAR -0.07 0.47 17.5c Biotechnology 45.0M
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUT -0.07 0.79 $1.23 Biotechnology 121.0M
CDX CARDIEX -0.07 0.56 3.9c Health Care Equipment 21.3M
MVF MONASH IVF GROUP -0.08 -0.2 $1.12 Biotechnology 262.7M
CP1 CANNPAL ANIMAL (listed Oct 2017) -0.08 -0.13 17.5c Pharmaceuticals 16.3M
PBT PRANA BIOTECHNOL -0.09 -0.31 4.2c Biotechnology 22.6M
ACW ACTINOGEN MEDICA -0.09 -0.05 5.2c Biotechnology 59.8M
CPH CRESO PHARMA -0.09 0.08 56c Pharmaceuticals 64.8M
KKT KONEKT -0.09 -0.42 30c Health Care Services 31.6M
UCM USCOM -0.09 -0.17 14.5c Health Care Equipment 19.9M
OVN OVENTUS MEDICAL -0.09 -0.33 24c Health Care Equipment 26.0M
1AD ADALTA -0.1 0.24 28c Biotechnology 32.8M
NTI NEUROTECH INT -0.1 -0.27 13.5c Health Care Equipment 13.6M
NSB NEUROSCIENTIFIC (listed Jul 2018) -0.1 -0.13 17.5c Biotechnology 12.9M
IHL IMPRESSION HEALT -0.11 -0.06 1.7c Health Care Supplies 5.0M
RGS REGENEUS -0.11 0.21 17c Biotechnology 34.5M
AHY ASALEO CARE -0.11 -0.56 71.3c Personal Products 388.3M
PBP PROBIOTEC -0.13 1.79 $1.45 Pharmaceuticals 94.5M
MXC MGC PHARMACEUTIC -0.13 0.07 4.8c Pharmaceuticals 60.6M
TDL TBG DIAGNOSTICS -0.15 -0.66 4.6c Biotechnology 10.0M
BD1 BARD1 LIFE SCIEN -0.15 0.38 1.1c Health Care Services 9.1M
OSL ONCOSIL MEDICAL -0.16 1.01 18.5c Life Sciences Tools & Services 118.6M
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIE -0.17 -0.64 50c Biotechnology 25.2M
IBX IMAGION BIOSYSTE -0.17 -0.48 7.3c Health Care Equipment 15.9M
ESE ESENSE-LAB -0.2 -0.76 4.5c N/A 4.0M
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY -0.25 -0.74 9c Biotechnology 7.0M
SVA SIMAVITA-CDI -0.25 0.3 3c Health Care Equipment 10.4M
OIL OPTISCAN IMA -0.27 -0.46 4.4c Health Care Equipment 20.3M
MEM MEMPHASYS -0.27 -0.63 1.1c Life Sciences Tools & Services 4.7M
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE -0.39 -0.14 1.9c Health Care Technology 3.4M
MEB MEDIBIO -0.41 -0.77 8.8c Biotechnology 18.0M