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2006-11-18 15:10:00

WASHINGTON -- Plastic surgeons expect breast implants filled with silicone gel to supplant those containing salt water as the most popular choice of the nearly 300,000 U.S. women a year who have their breasts surgically enlarged. In this country, silicone-gel implants now account for only an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of the breast augmentation market, with saline implants making up the rest. A 14-year virtual ban on silicone-gel breast implants - now ended - had restricted their use...

2006-11-17 21:00:41

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Diana Zuckerman, PhD, President, National Research Center for Women & Families: The FDA's decision to approve silicone gel breast implants is a triumph of corporate lobbying and hype over sound science and women's health. The FDA's standards for implants have reached a new low with this decision. It's important for women to know that the FDA has not determined that silicone gel breast implants are safe -- only that...

2006-08-17 10:45:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- A large Canadian study adds to evidence that women with breast implants do not face a higher risk of cancer or other major diseases, but they may have a higher-than-average rate of suicide. Among the more than 40,000 women in the study, those who'd received cosmetic breast implants had lower-than-average risks of dying from breast cancer, heart disease and a host of other major diseases. The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, are in line...

2006-07-28 18:03:51

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate investigators found no reason the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should reverse its conditional approval of silicone breast implants, according to findings released on Friday. The summary of a report by the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said investigators found no evidence the FDA's decision-making was flawed during its review of applications from Mentor Corp. and Inamed Corp., now a unit of...

2006-07-28 17:36:40

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate investigators found no reason the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should reverse its conditional approval of silicone breast implants, according to findings released on Friday. The summary of a report by the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said investigators found no evidence the FDA's decision-making was flawed during its review of applications from Mentor Corp. and Inamed Corp., now a unit of...

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2006-04-07 16:35:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are reviewing a small study that reported high levels of platinum in the hair, breast milk and other samples from women who had silicone gel-filled breast implants, officials said on Friday. The findings represent the latest concern to be raised about silicone breast implants, which were banned for most women in 1992 amid a controversy over their safety. Two makers are trying to return the implants to general use. Most questions have centered on the...

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2006-03-27 06:41:04

Experts set the record straight for women who often face conflicting advice For the estimated three million American women with breast implants, one thing remains certain: At some point, they will need to be replaced or removed. Breast implants do not last forever -- whether they are filled with silicone gel or saline, or whether they were done to reconstruct a breast after a mastectomy or to augment the size or shape of a breast. Knowing just when that time has come, however, and what to do...

2006-03-15 12:20:00

NEW YORK -- Results of a study that followed women up to 30 years adds to evidence that silicone breast implants do not boost cancer risk. The study, of nearly 2,800 Danish women who received breast implants between 1973 and 1995, found that these women actually had a lower risk of breast cancer than a group of similar but implant-free women. Also, the implants were not tied to other types of cancer, according to findings published in the International Journal of Cancer. Women with breast...

2005-09-21 16:50:44

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators granted conditional approval to a second maker of silicone gel-filled breast implants on Wednesday, allowing Inamed Corp. to sell its version if it meets certain requirements. The move puts Inamed on par with rival Mentor Corp., which received similar approval in July, and signals the impending return of the controversial implants to the U.S. market after a 13-year restriction. In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration limited...

2005-07-15 11:30:28

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Five cases of fungal contamination of saline-filled breast implants were likely caused by poor infection control measures during the implant procedures and in the operating room, according to a report. According to investigators, black sediment was seen in the implants of five women who had undergone a second surgery to correct various problems they were having with their breast implants. A fast-growing fungus found in soil called Curvularia...


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