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2 MINUTES ON... Aspire Assist.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

If you have a queasy stomach, don't read on.

Aspireassist has just been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It looks like an overflow pipe and is slotted into a tube in the abdomen that has been previously inserted by a doctor.

It comes with a little valve that, when turned on, drains food directly from the stomach into the toilet. The device when used as directed removes about 30% of any food consumed before it can be digested.

The results from a trial of 111 patients who used the device for 12 months showed that they typically lost more than 10% of their body weight, which compared with weight loss of just under 4% among the 60 patients in the control group.

Only US patients with a body mass index of more than 35 are being considered for one.

The FDA said that it shouldn't be used for short durations by people who are moderately overweight.

It's available in the UK, but I doubt the NHS will be approving it anytime soon.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion; Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Aug 5, 2016
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