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Allegheny Health Network Among 15 Centers Nationwide Launching Clinical Trial of Non-Surgical Weight Loss Balloon


PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) April 24, 2015

Allegheny Health Network today announced its participation in the first U.S. clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a non-surgical alternative, the Obalon Balloon, in helping people lose weight.

A team led by George M. Eid, MD, FACS, FASMBS, System Division Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and System Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, will examine whether the Obalon Balloon, which is placed when the patient swallows an inflatable capsule, can help people who have struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise.

“Many patients need help losing weight but are not interested in, or don’t qualify for, bariatric surgery,” Dr. Eid said. “The Obalon Balloon could offer an alternative that is discreet, non-surgical and reversible, leading to progressive weight loss over a six-month period.”

With the progressive Obalon approach, a total of three balloons are placed over several weeks. The patient swallows the capsule containing the balloon, then it is inflated with gas. The balloon is designed to occupy space in the stomach so that the patient feels fuller and eats less. After six months, the balloons are removed in an outpatient procedure, using a flexible tube/camera that is inserted into the mouth.

Participants in the study will be randomized into two groups; one will receive the Obalon Balloon, the other, a sham device. All patients will receive diet and exercise counseling. After six months, the balloons will be removed and patients will be told if they received the balloon or a sham.

Patients who received the balloon will then begin a second six-month weight loss session without the balloons, continuing to visit their doctor’s office for diet and exercise counseling. Those who did not receive the balloon but still qualify for the study, will have the option to receive the Obalon Balloon at no cost.

The Obalon Balloon is not currently commercially available in the U.S., but is approved in some European countries.

To qualify, patients must be 22 to 64 years old, have a Body Mass Index between 30 and 40, not have had or be considering bariatric surgery, and able to attend regular appointments over a one-year period.

For more information, call 1-855-878-8390 or visit http://www.BalloonTrial.com

About the Allegheny Health Network:

Allegheny Health Network, part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; a research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,500 people and has more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.







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How Well Do You Know Your Friends? Social Card Game WHOM, Launching on Kickstarter, Helps You Find Out

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

All those postings and photos, but how well can anyone possibly know someone through social media? The engaging social card game WHOM helps answer that. Created by award-winning industry creative Joey Caroni, a team of artists and a ton of late night play sessions, WHOM is a completely new take on card games that pits friends against friends in a game of secrets and big reveals. In WHOM, only the best friends will come out on top.

WHOM has completed pre-production and is now pre-selling the game on Kickstarter.

“WHOM has been in process for a long time and was born from my desire to get to know my friends better,” Joey Caroni said. “WHOM games are always very revealing and result in many funny ‘aha’ moments among friends. At the end of every game, players leave knowing their friends better, and usually being pretty shocked at the results.”

http://www.thewhomgame.com

In a high tech world where interactions with friends are largely fleeting and more about, perhaps, what we eat or going to the gym, game nights among friends are seeing a huge resurgence. WHOM is designed to take a typical game night and not only make it incredibly fun but also really insightful. It is the perfect conversation starter and can be played with old and new friends alike. WHOM launched a Kickstarter to meet the minimum quantities needed by their suppliers to ship the card game.

For a $ 25 pledge, Kickstarter backers can get the full game at launch this summer. Each set includes 50 full-color WHOM question cards (4.75 inch x 4.75 inch), a premium magnetic box, card stand and 50-sheet score pad.

WHOM also created some innovative additional rewards for larger pledges, which include the limited WHOM “Selfie Package” where a WHOM artist will draw you directly into a future piece of game art.

Key Features:

Beautifully Illustrated – Original artwork by eight noteworthy and talented artists.
Expansions – Booster decks of 50 additional cards featuring all new art and questions
Bonus Questions – Call out friends in a popular vote to see which one best fits each description
Friend Score – The total number of questions guessed right for a player. Soulmate status or work on that friendship? WHOM shows!
Easy Fun – Hysterical, revealing and downright disturbing fun in four steps.

How to WHOM:

1. Draw a card and read the question and all of the answers out loud.

2. Choose an answer for yourself and make a best guess for each player. Then, write them on the scoresheet.

3. Take turns revealing answers. Each correct answer earns a point!

4. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

In the future, there are plans for a WHOM mobile game (already in development) and other multimedia products, but getting the physical card game to consumers is WHOM’s priority now.

Art assets are available here:

https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBad0VIcHZRR2ZtcXNUQw

About WHOM

WHOM is an illustrated party card game with hilariously revealing questions that test how well a person really knows their friends and what they really think about you! WHOM was designed as a game to play with a significant other, best friend, coworkers, the gang from high school, family or even someone you’ve just met. In an age when people share everything in social media, WHOM makes the universal human experience of getting to know someone a fun and rewarding challenge, with points! For more information, please visit http://www.theWHOMgame.com.

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