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Weight-loss balloons get FDA approval

Weight-loss balloons get FDA approval

For many struggling with their weight, a new device has been approved that will give them another medical alternative to treatments like prescription drugs and surgery. It involves inserting a small balloon into the stomach through the mouth. The saline-filled balloon is meant to be a temporary measure to curb the appetite and help patients lose weight. The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved two intragastric balloons made by different companies in the past two weeks. Both are aimed at adults with body mass indexes (BMI) of 30 to 40 who couldn't lose weight through diet and exercise. The potential marketplace is huge. An estimated 45 million to 50 million adults have...

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