This news release focused exclusively on benefits and advantages of the new device that was tested — the HF10 — but doesn’t mention drawbacks. There’s also a suggestion that patients only have 2 other options besides this device–surgery or narcotics–which is misleading.
This was a reasonably thorough report on a temporary implantable weight loss balloon procedure. But the intervention raises all sorts of questions about the role of a temporary device, with limited benefits and known harms, for a non-medically necessary procedure. And the story didn’t address that broader picture. Maybe a followup is in order.
Headline skimmers will be misled by this release’s initial claim. But clarification comes quickly and with additional useful details.
This Washington Post article based on a news release is a bit skimpy on the details – no mention of costs, side effects, or study limitations. It also hypes the benefits of a drug combination that weren’t studied here and whose effectiveness is unknown.