Archive for Trial

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

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.

More Diet Press Releases

Inner Voice Fitness Offers 3-Month Introductory Trial of Fitness that Fits Your Life

Greater Washington DC Area (PRWEB) January 05, 2015

Inner Voice Fitness has redefined exercise and nutrition coaching to meet today’s demanding schedules. Now, just in time for the New Year, Inner Voice Fitness is offering their revolutionary, customized services for a special 3-month trial offer.

Josh Henkin, PhD, Founder and Lead Coach, draws on years of experience as an elite athlete, expert personal trainer, and corporate leader. With advanced degrees in Sports Nutrition and Muscle Physiology, he brings unique insight to fitness coaching. Josh has used his wide-ranging expertise to develop an innovative service model for exercise and nutrition coaching, targeted towards busy people with demanding schedules.

Clients begin with a comprehensive in-person evaluation of their fitness level, using numerous assessment technologies to develop personalized exercise and nutrition plans. This analysis goes beyond the numbers and focuses on developing a customized approach to help clients achieve their specific goals. “We get to know our clients’ schedules, lifestyles, and more,” Josh says. “At Inner Voice Fitness, we pride ourselves on developing personal relationships with our clients. We’ve found this to be the most effective way to help them achieve their immediate and long-term goals.”

    Motivation and support. Inner Voice Fitness offers clients round-the-clock access to their own personal fitness expert. This concierge approach means clients receive unparalleled support and motivation, and an unbroken connection to full accountability. With the help of mobile apps, clients also receive constant assistance and feedback from their coaches, who can adjust workout plans on-demand, as needed.

    Exercise. Exercise programs are specifically tailored by Inner Voice Fitness to individual needs and schedules. Video demonstrations and coach-specific instructions are provided for every exercise to ensure proper form and prevent injuries. The app can be viewed anywhere by phone or tablet.

    Nutrition. Inner Voice Fitness helps clients analyze their current diet, set goals, and learn about healthy meal choices. They offer exclusive nutrition apps accessible on the go by phone or tablet.

    Exclusive travel support, featuring Train While You Travel™. Inner Voice Fitness specializes in exercise programs and meal planning for frequent travelers. Their coaches work with clients to overcome the common obstacles they face while keeping up with their exercise routines and diets while on the road. Coaches develop workouts designed around travel constraints. They locate gyms and other workout spaces, and can even plan scenic running routes near hotels. Inner Voice Fitness experts also make recommendations for healthy eating options and restaurants.

“This New Year, we invite busy people looking for a new fitness approach to try our 3-month trial offer,” says Josh. “We want to help you reach your goals, your way.” This special introductory trial offer expires March 31, 2015.


Inner Voice Fitness specializes in exercise and nutrition coaching for busy professionals, including frequent travelers. Based in the metropolitan DC region, Inner Voice Fitness’s leading-edge service model offers clients unmatched expertise in exercise and nutrition coaching with exclusive, on-demand access to fitness experts. Contact them at 571-969-4348 (4FIT) or