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Volunteers Needed

Tuesday, August 3, 2004; Page HE05

Researchers at the George Washington University Hospital Weight Management Program are seeking additional volunteers for their study of the surgically implanted gastric pacemaker. Study participants must meet the following criteria:

Be between the ages of 18 and 65.

In some editions of the Post, an Aug. 3 Health article about the experimental use of a gastric pacemaker to stimulate weight loss failed to fully identify George Washington University Hospital bariatric surgeon Fred Brody, who is scheduled to implant the device in a patient later this month.

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Have a body mass index between 35 and 55.

Women of childbearing age must have adequate birth control to avoid getting pregnant during the two-year course of the study.

Have been obese for five years or more.

Agree to follow a diet component.

Plan to be geographically stable for the next two years.

Be willing to travel to the hospital for periodic follow-up.

Have had no previous gastric surgery.

For information, contact the program at 202-223-3077.

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