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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...

2005-06-02 15:26:00

Although apparently uncommon, fungal contamination of saline-filled breast implants is readily preventable, according to a study in the July 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. The key steps are to use closed systems for filling the devices and to adhere to the strict moisture control and operating room ventilation standards in force at major hospitals. The potential benefits of these precautions could be considerable, since 265,832 women in the United States...

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2004-12-30 08:55:36

New industry policy says teens have to be 18 to have cosmetic breast surgery HealthDayNews -- Cosmetic breast augmentation should be restricted to women aged 18 and older, says a new policy adopted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The new policy is in response to recent media reports about teenage girls seeking purely cosmetic breast enlargement. The policy is consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's rules regarding saline-filled breast implants for women at...