Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

What Happens if You Strap a Fitbit on a Cow?

April 20, 2018 — Can strapping a fitbit on a cow make that animal healthier? For that matter, can it make the dairy industry and perhaps even the planet healthier? Artificial intelligence and new tech for connecting cows to the web are dangling this possibility before us. Monitoring Health and Activity Sensor tags and collars for cows are not […]

Let’s Put a Buffet on the Table and See What Happens

March 27, 2018 — Bring us all a bit of everything. In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s what the cool kids are doing at the buzzy restaurants for a fun, sociable meal. It’s a ritual of grazing with friends. Or maybe, it’s an intimate buffet. An Unmistakable Trend The trend for sharing in restaurants is everywhere. […]

Freeze a Nerve for Weight Loss? Not So Fast!

March 25, 2018 — Here’s a bit of hype that crossed many screens this week. The Society of Interventional Radiology wants you to know that an experimental procedure to freeze a nerve may “ignite weight loss.” Ignite sounds good, right? Naturally, health reporters had fun hyping this one. Our favorite: “Freezing the ‘hunger nerve’ could be key to more […]

Oral Semaglutide: Diabesity Business As Usual Is Doomed

February 23, 2018 — Wachet auf! As if the clues were not already present, an announcement yesterday makes it plain. Competitors in the sleepy diabesity market had best wake up. The first ever oral GLP-1 agonist for diabetes and obesity – semaglutide – is looking good in clinical trials. That means everyone else had better get serious about innovation. Or risk becoming […]

Lollipops: Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic, No Added Sugar

February 7, 2018 — You knew it had to happen. Added sugar is the new dietary boogeyman. So the entrepreneurs at Koochikoo are meeting the challenge to bring us lollipops with no added sugar. Eye Popping Claims These guys are innovators who just can’t stop. Anyone else would be satisfied to bring us lollipops with no added sugar and […]

Obesity Research as a Marketing Tool for 23andMe

January 8, 2018 — With much fanfare, 23andMe recently announced a massive study of the interaction between a person’s genetic profile and weight management. The company has recruited 100,000 customers with excess weight. The study will randomize those people to three different treatment strategies. One of the treatment groups will follow a low-carb diet. Another will cut animal fat and […]

A Shift Toward Dialogue with Big Food

December 30, 2017 — Maybe dialogue is still possible. Perhaps it’s even productive, even in the face of strong disagreements. Michael Jacobson, the founder of CSPI, is the man who coined the phrase “junk food.” He’s not afraid to pump out sensational headlines or sue the food industry. So it’s remarkable to hear him tell the Washington Post he […]

Can Obesity Drugs Match Surgery’s Effectiveness?

November 24, 2017 — Novo Nordisk is feeling bold. The company has long been a leader in diabetes care. But now, it aims to create obesity drugs that will match the effectiveness of bariatric surgery. CEO Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen told investors this week: We are making a bet on obesity, and we believe we can ride it based on lifting […]

A New Protein with Promising Effect for Obesity

October 23, 2017 — It’s early days for this new protein, but worth noting, nonetheless. Amgen scientists have successfully demonstrated that they can modify a GDF15 protein to treat obesity in mice, rats, and primates. With animal data published in Science Translational Medicine, they show an impressive effect on body weight in mice and monkeys. Acting on the Gut […]

Circadian Rhythms: A Nobel Prize and Obesity Insights

October 3, 2017 — This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is here. For their work on the genetic basis of circadian rhythms, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young are sharing the prize. They discovered a gene in fruit flies that helps explain the mechanism for just about every living thing to adapt to the rhythms of […]