How many studies were included? What kind of studies were they? What were the limitations?
The release highlights the success of the lap band but doesn’t say that one-third of the patients had the device removed by the end of the study due to complications or failure to lose weight.
Aside from an overreaching headline and sub-headline, the news release delivers essential information including costs, harms, availability, and study limitations.
The studies say that the medical literature is weak on a definitive answer that applies to all kids and that the proper approach depends on the individual.