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5 Die While Using Obesity Devices, FDA Says

At least five people have died soon after being fitted with balloons aimed at helping them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA says it doesn’t know if the devices or the surgery to implant them is to blame but issued an alert to doctors to closely monitor patients who get them. “All five reports indicate that patient deaths occurred within a month or less of balloon placement,” the FDA said in a statement. “In three reports, death occurred as soon as one to three days after balloon placement. At this time, ...