Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

George Blackburn: Father of Obesity and Nutrition Medicine

February 22, 2017 — We feel the world diminished by the loss of a very fine man this week. George Blackburn, MD, PhD, died on Tuesday at his home in Boston. President-elect Caroline Apovian of the Obesity Society explains: My friend and mentor George Blackburn was truly the father of nutrition and obesity medicine. He is someone who supported […]

Sugar in the Food Supply: Action and Reaction

February 19, 2017 — Change is afoot in the food supply. The last time we saw such sweeping changes, food makers responded to low-fat dietary guidelines by replacing fats in their products with carbs and especially sugar. Obesity took off and three decades later, the villain is sugar, not fat. In July 2018, Nutrition Facts labels will call out […]

Yogurt Shedding Sugar to Keep a Healthy Halo

January 23, 2017 — Labeling for added sugars is coming soon to nutrition facts labels. So yogurt makers are shedding sugar in their products. They want to keep that healthy halo they have enjoyed for so many years. Until now, the “low-fat” claim on their labels was enough. Even as many yogurts loaded up on sugar, consumers kept believing it […]

Whatever Happened to the Smartwatch Boom?

December 23, 2016 — Just about two years after Apple promised that the Apple Watch would change our lives, we’re wondering. Are we watching a smartwatch boom, a bust, or a work in progress? A new report from IDC says that things haven’t quite happened as Apple predicted back in April 2015. Smartwatches still haven’t killed the basic Fitbit, which […]

Ten Stories at the Center of Attention in 2016

December 19, 2016 — After a year of dispensing a new story from ConscienHealth every day before 7 am, we have the luxury of stepping back to see what captured your attention. You are a diverse group with diverse interests: research, clinical care, policy, advocacy, and personal health. But these ten stories reached across your diverse interests to become […]

Ten Top Food and Nutrition Trends of 2016

December 14, 2016 — Not a day too soon, 2016 is fading into history. So the time has come to look back at the food and nutrition trends that captured our attention and some of our money. Here’s our view of ten that rose to the top. Do you have other ideas? Leave a reply below or a tweet or […]

Five Doses of Good News on Type 2 Diabetes in 2016

December 11, 2016 — It’s been a long slog, but this year brought at least five doses of good news on the subject of type 2 diabetes. Here’s our take. Preventing Cardiovascular Deaths. This year brought windfall of good news on cardiovascular outcomes with three of the newest drugs for type 2 diabetes. Just last week, empagliflozin (Jardiance) was […]

Are Randomized Controlled Trials Overrated?

November 27, 2016 — Randomized controlled trials are either a nuisance or a godsend – just depending on the question at hand and the questioner. A recent kerfuffle about flossing has people (like Jamie Holmes at New America) suggesting that they might be overrated. Writing in the New York Times Holmes says: Experiments, of course, are invaluable and have, in the past, shown the consensus […]

Thanksgiving: From Bounty to Blessings

November 24, 2016 — Bounty and blessings are two distinct aspects of this Thanksgiving day in America. Many images of the holiday evoke a bountiful feast. In a classic study, Melanie Wallendorf and Eric Arnould described Thanksgiving as a consumption ritual. Thanksgiving Day is a collective ritual that celebrates material abundance enacted through feasting. Thanksgiving Day both marks and proves […]

A Rough Ride Despite Saxenda’s Success

October 31, 2016 — Over the last four years, four new obesity meds gained approval and only one lived up to expectations in the marketplace – the Saxenda brand of liraglutide 3 mg from Novo Nordisk. The company reported quarterly results last week. Saxenda sales, growing impressively, are on track to surpass $200 million for the year. Net profit for […]