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Jan072013

Company Patents DIY Stomach Pump

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Inventor Dean Kamen, the man who tried to make exercise obsolete with the Segway, is now using technology to shortcut sensible eating.

According to the U.K.'s Independent, Kamen has applied for a patent for a device that allows people who can't stop eating too much to literally pump excess food from their own stomach.

The device would attach to a valve that would be surgically installed on a patient.  Kamen reportedly envisions the new add-on as an alternative to other kinds of surgery that have become a more popular option for the morbidly obese.

Trials are already underway, and the paper reports this early version of the pump has clogged at times with a variety of food, including vegetables, french fries and Chinese food.

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