weight loss

By Jonah Comstock June 23, 2016
San Francisco-based FareWell has raised $8.5 million for an online program aimed at preventing chronic diseases by addressing obesity as a root cause. The funding comes from individual investors including David Perry, the company's cofounder and chairman. “I watched my dad suffer his first heart attack at age 44, followed by multiple open heart surgeries before he died,” Perry said in a press...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2016
WebMD partnered with Verizon to offer digital health coaching to 1,100 of Verizon's employees in a recent pilot, Employee Benefit News reports. The program led to weight loss for 73 percent of participants. Verizon employees were invited to participate after taking a health assessment if they had a BMI over 30 or a blood glucose level above a certain threshold. The program included one-on-one...
By Jonah Comstock November 5, 2015
The CITY Android app used in the Duke study. Duke University published a study in the journal Obesity this week which shows that, over a two-year period, neither a specially designed mobile app nor a coaching intervention that utilized a mobile app was any more effective in promoting weight loss than the control intervention -- a handful of fliers from a doctor visit. “For some people it did...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2015
MyHeart Counts, an app based on AHA guidelines. A new review published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, looked at mobile health interventions around cardiovascular health over the last 10 years and concluded that a number of improvements are needed to the general state of mobile health efficacy studies. "Our literature searches uncovered a wide variety of products...
By Aditi Pai November 6, 2014
Researchers at the University of Alabama have developed a diet-tracking sensor that collects information based on the wearer's chewing. The sensor, called Automatic Ingestion Monitor, or AIM, is fitted around the user's ear and monitors vibrations from jaw movement. AIM is programmed to ignore jaw motions from talking. This data, paired with pictures the user would take of their meals, would give...
By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2014
According to a small study at Arizona State University, tracking weight loss on a smartphone leads to more consistent tracking than paper and pencil. But a dedicated weight loss app -- in this case Lose It! -- did not improve tracking over simply using the smartphone's memo application, nor was there any difference in weight loss observed among the app users, smartphone memo users, and paper...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2014
While adding in-person group support sessions to a weight loss program produces the best results, adding just an online behavioral intervention can produce results nearly as good, at a much lower cost. Those are the findings from a 230-person trial from social wellness platform ShapeUp, recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. “The findings of this study are significant in...
By Brian Dolan April 30, 2014
Three former Dexcom employees left the company last year to form a new venture, Glucovation, which is developing a direct-to-consumer, wearable device that continuously senses glucose for people trying to lose weight or improve their athletic performance. The Glucovation team is headed up by Dexcom's former senior technical director for R&D, Robert Boock, who was in charge of that company's...
By Aditi Pai December 20, 2013
Chicago-based Retrofit raised $5 million in a round led by Cambia Health Solutions with additional funding from Draper Fisher Jurveston. This brings the company's total funding to $15.7 million. Cambia Health Solutions invested in Retrofit because of the company's personalized and tech-enabled model, the company said. "Retrofit empowers consumers to make healthy lifestyle choices that are...
By Neil Versel October 28, 2013
Infield Health's Healthy Steps app. People in a Weight Watchers program who received motivational and reminder text messages lost an average of 4.5 pounds more in a 12-week period than those who were left to their own volition, a newly published study found. Text messaging also showed promise for increasing exercise and promoting other healthy behaviors, according to researchers from Virginia...

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