Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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 […]

Three Slightly Absurd and Supposedly Healthy Food Products

September 30, 2017 — We confess. When it comes to food product innovations and trends, we’re a little slow. Stuff like pancakes and sausage on a stick just leaves us cold. That one never caught fire, and they never called it healthy. (Thank goodness.) But here are three supposedly healthy food products that are getting some traction. Magical healthy […]

Monitoring Blood Sugar Without a Drop of Blood

September 29, 2017 — Spilling blood is never a good thing. But for people living with diabetes, pricking a finger and getting a drop of blood is an all-too-frequent ritual. Now, that ritual may start to fade. Late on Wednesday, FDA approved the first system for monitoring blood sugar levels without the need for routine finger sticks. The FreeStyle Libre […]

Battling a 130-Ton Fatberg in London’s Sewer

September 14, 2017 — It’s an odd balance. Icebergs are melting. But the biggest fatberg ever recorded has congealed in London’s sewer. It’s 130 tons and 250 yards of cooking fat, wipes, diapers and other stuff folks should never have flushed down the drain. Breaking it up and removing it will take three weeks of hard, smelly work. An […]

The Amazing Story of Big Chicken

September 9, 2017 — How did chicken take over the world’s diet? Industrial farming is a big part of it. But secret sauce is 63,000 tons of antibiotics every year. This insight comes from Maryn McKenna in her new book – Big Chicken. Before those innovations, hens were just leftovers from egg production and “a chicken in every pot” […]

Stealth Health Study Suggests Less Can Be More

September 1, 2017 — So many food products call out to us with health claims. Lowfat! Light and fit! No added sugar! The not so subtle suggestion is to buy more, and thus, eat more. But there’s another strategy under consideration by industry and health advocates: stealth health. A new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition suggests that […]

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, […]