weight loss

By Jonah Comstock 06:12 am 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 08:00 am 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 09:00 am 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 09:38 am 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 09:29 am 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 10:16 am 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 01:22 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 08:42 am February 19, 2013
A researcher at the University of Texas has published a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research looking at efficacy of a free online weight loss program. The study looked at 1,258 randomly selected users of SparkPeople.com and found that those who entered their weight into the site at least four times per month lost an average of 11 pounds per month more than those that didn't, and...
By Jonah Comstock 07:41 am December 12, 2012
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association A newly published randomized controlled trial study suggests that using mobile devices for self-tracking and feedback could be a cost-effective way to scale successful weight loss programs that include a face-to-face component. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and completed in September 2010 at a...
By Brian Dolan 04:00 am November 29, 2012
After at least two years of development, Basis Science has officially launched its wrist-worn fitness and health tracker, Basis, for $199, which includes a free, supporting web-based health behavior change platform. The device is available on the company's site and will ship in early December. Basis aims to distinguish itself from the ever growing number of activity tracking devices by focusing...