Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

Weight Watchers Adapts to Aspirations Beyond Dieting

August 4, 2017 — Weight Watchers seems to be finding life for its brand despite the demise of dieting in popular culture. Business results for the company, released yesterday, show remarkable new vitality. Profits for the company are up by 48% for the second quarter of this year. Memberships are up by 20%, now totaling 3.5 million. CEO Mindy […]

Boon or Bane? The FDA Cardiovascular Safety Hurdle

July 29, 2017 — Almost ten years ago, FDA set a new hurdle for approving new diabetes drugs. Before one of these new drugs could be approved, the sponsoring company would need an expensive cardiovascular safety study. How expensive? The price tag might run as high as a billion dollars. FDA laid this same requirement on new obesity drugs, […]

Campbell Walks Away from Tired Food Fights 

July 27, 2017 — Campbell Soup is walking away from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and tired old food fights. Campbell’s aim is to become the leading health and well-being food company. And in light of this intention, said CEO Denise Morrison, the GMA no longer represents her company’s interests: This is not a financial decision. It’s a decision […]

Fitness Trackers Are Dead, Long Live Digital Health

July 18, 2017 — Anyone remember the Apple Newton? Or the Palm Pilot? Maybe you were once addicted to a Blackberry – also known as the crackberry because people just couldn’t put them down. Well, it looks like Fitbit might be on its way to technology oblivion – just like all three of those once hot personal tech innovations. Does […]

Rich and Poor in Opportunities to Walk

July 13, 2017 — Here’s a fascinating new way to look at health disparities. How much disparity does a place have in walking? Does everyone take many steps per day? Or do some take a lot while others take very few? A new study in Nature finds that disparities in opportunities to walk predict higher obesity rates.  Big Data […]

Leptin and the OB Gene: A Toehold for Obesity Science

July 5, 2017 — More than 20 years ago, discovery of the ob (obesity) gene and the protein that it encodes – leptin – was a breakthrough for obesity science. Mice that lack the gene develop extreme obesity. And giving them the protein reverses it. Some people misleadingly dubbed it a satiety hormone. In Cell Metabolism, a new commentary by Jeffrey […]

Forget Greek Yogurt, French-Style Yogurt Is Here

June 29, 2017 — Yogurt fashion is shifting again. Several years ago, people got the hint that all that low-fat yogurt was loaded with sugar. Greek yogurt became a thing. Chobani was hot. Yoplait started tanking. Now low-fat Greek yogurt seems stale. Too tart. Yoplait is seizing the opportunity by going back to its roots in France and launching […]

What Is Driving Us Ever More Gluten-Free?

June 26, 2017 — If you thought that gluten-free everything would be a fast fading memory, think again. Ever more gluten-free products are screaming for your attention. Looking for lipstick without gluten? You got it. Or better yet, you can join the Arbonne multi-level marketing network and help to fill the world with it. Gluten-free marketing is going strong. Setting […]

Poised for an IPO, How Far Can Blue Apron Fly?

June 5, 2017 — Many meal and food delivery services are going belly up. But Blue Apron is ready to take its meal kit business through a public offering to raise a hundred million dollars or more.  After only five years, sales have grown explosively, reaching $795 million in 2016. Losses – $44 million in 2016 – are growing, too. And […]

Is Obesity Treatment Innovation Gaining Momentum?

May 5, 2017 — We confess. Good news about obesity treatment innovation brings a smile here. The options right now are OK, but limited. So new options are especially welcome. This week brought news of progress on two fronts. DNA-PK: A New Drug Target for Mid-Life Obesity NIH researchers this week published their discovery of a critical role for the […]