Sunday, April 27, 2008

Manipulation of a Protein May Allow Leaner People to Eat More Than Normal

By crossing one set of mice with another set, a report by scientists in Ohio indicates that researchers produced hybrid mice that were leaner than other mice. The leaner mice, at the same time, could eat 30 percent more than other mice. The leaner mice were deficient in the protein kinase C beta (PKCB).

Although it will be some time before the study results can be used for human obesity treatment, the possible protein manipulation is worth noting. Indeed, it would be a good strategic move for a bariatric or weight loss center to try to become involved in this study and studies like this.

Partnering with organizations that may produce important obesity related technology could enhance a bariatric center's prestige. Employing effective technology could also give the bariatric and weight loss center a competitive edge.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Disruptive Technology in the Obesity Fight

Disruptive technology is viewed as useful technology that replaces a more expensive, widely used technology. The personal computer is sometimes given as an example of disruptive technology, since some believe that the personal computer competed with, and in some cases, replaced mainframe computers.

Halsa Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a Houston-based company, may be in the process of producing what could be a "disruptive technology" in the fight against obesity. The company is doing research on a natural material that, at some time in the future, could be injected into an obese patient to cause immediate weight loss, without side effects.

Indeed this would be a boon to the weight loss industry. And if this treatment could replace some of the more expensive weight loss treatments, the treatment give more people who need to lose weight access to a more affordable treatment. For some bariatric centers, this type of treatment could be an important tool in their arsenal of weight loss tools.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Electronic Medical Records for Bariatric Centers

Michael Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, recently stated that the use of electronic medical records will help drive down the costs of health care. Indeed, we believe that electronic medical records may improve the overall experience of a bariatric patient.

And while health care technology, many times, causes health care costs to increase -- as with brand name prescription drugs for example -- we believe that the employment of electronic medical records (EMR) by health care organizations may help lower the costs of health care.

Raintree Systems, Inc has launched the first electronic medical records (EMR) system for surgical bariatric centers. We believe that EMR technology that specifically focuses on the bariatric industry may be good for the industry.

Weight loss or Bariatric centers that have not already installed EMR technology should consider this technology. It may give a bariatric center a competitive advantage.

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