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  • Concerns That Public Hearings on Breast Implants Will Favor Implant Manufacturers CBS News: Oct 4, 2018. Women become ill from their breast implants and we are concerned about whether the FDA is listening to patients or plastic surgeons.
  • FDA Rarely Uses Its Power to Recall Dangerous Medical Devices. Why Not? MedTech Dive: August 2018. The FDA has the authority to recall dangerous and risky medical devices, but it has rarely done so, largely relying on manufacturers to take necessary actions when a product defect or spike in serious adverse incidents occurs.
  • The Human Tragedy of Poorly Regulated Medical Devices Gets the Spotlight in a Netflix Film CBS News: July 2108. NCHR president speaks out about the regulation of medical devices, spurring filmmakers to make documentary available on Netflix. The documentary discusses the human side of faulty medical devices, including Essure, being released to the market.
  • Are Your Breast Implants Poisoning You? Longevity: June 2018. Fifty years after breast implants were first introduced globally, thousands of women are complaining of a recognizable pattern of health problems.
  • 25 Reasons Not to Get Breast Implants The Huffington Post: Dececember 2017. There are many reasons not to get breast implants. The biggest reason? The FDA reported that breast implants can cause a rare type of cancer called ALCL.
  • Former Playmate of the Year on Removing Breast Implants: ‘I Literally Thought I Was Dying’ AZ Family: May 2017. As a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Karen McDougal was worried about removing her breast implants but her health was so bad she thought she was dying.
  • FDA Agrees with WHO, Links Breast Implants to Rare Cancer. How Worried Should Women Be? Forbes: March 2017. The FDA says it now agrees with the World Health Organization that breast implants can cause a rare type of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
  • Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer? WJLA Investigates ABC7 WJLA: February 2017. Before getting breast implants, Raylene did not recall her surgeon ever mentioning the small but increased risk of cancer. The FDA reports that breast implants can cause Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
  • Can Having Breast Implants Lead to Suicide? 7 On Your Side Investigates WJLA ABC7: November 2016. Women with breast implants are more than 12 times more likely to commit suicide than women without breast implants. Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains why this can’t be explained by poor self-esteem alone.
  • 11 Ways Your Breasts Can Change in Your 20s & 30s Bustle: July 2016. Breasts can be both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of their size or shape, breasts can change in many ways throughout your 20s and 30s.
  • Breast Implants in France to Carry Cancer Warning: Researchers Find a ‘Clearly Established Link’ Medical Daily: March 2015. The French government will now require breast implants to carry cancer warnings, following a study finding a “clearly established link” between breast implants and a specific type of cancer of the immune system.
  • The Rising Trend of Breast Implants in America BBC Persian: April 2013. With 330,631 breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States in 2012 alone, America is now officially the global leader in this branch of cosmetic surgery and breast implants are now the second most popular plastic surgery in the world.
  • Women’s Health Advocates Question FDA About Missing Safety Data on Silicone Breast Implants Associated Press, January 2012. The FDA concluded last summer that the silicone-gel implants are basically safe as long as women understand they come with complications. Consumer safety advocates are questioning the FDA about seemingly incomplete and erroneous data used to affirm the safety of silicone breast implants last year.
  • FDA: Breast Implant Safety Studies Will Continue WebMD: August 2011. FDA has decided to continue studies about silicone breast implants despite the fact that these studies are flawed.
  • F.D.A. Affirms Safety of Breast Implants The New York Times: August 2011. The FDA approves breast implants after two days of discussion despite concerns over safety. Studies used to determine safety were not designed appropriately.
  • FDA explores possible link between breast implants, cancer The Los Angeles Times: January 2011. The FDA is investigating whether breast implants can cause a type of cancer caused ALCL. This leads to questions about what other diseases implants cause.
  • Plastic Surgery for Teens L.A. Times: January 2009. Teens may not be mature enough to get breast implants and plastic surgery may hurt their overall self esteem.
  • Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction New York Times, December 2008. Many times, mastectomy patients are not told all their options for reconstruction. In addition to using breast implants to reconstruct breasts, mastectomy patients can also use their own tissue to create new breasts without the use of implants.
  • Women’s Health: A Red-Flag Warning Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 2007. FDA has approved the sale of breast implants again. Implant companies will be required to complete studies to determine the safety of breast implants.
  • Silicone: Now a Solid ‘Maybe’ Los Angeles Times, November 2006. FDA has approved the widespread use of silicone gel breast implant. But these implants require extended follow up that some patients may not be ready for. Women must weigh the impact and costs of follow-up care.
  • FDA Ends Ban on Silicone Implants The Seattle Times: November 2006. The Food and Drug Administration ended its 14-year ban on the cosmetic use of silicone breast implants yesterday, despite lingering safety concerns from some health advocates.
  • Implants, Mastectomies Linked to Problems Associated Press: December 2005. Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains that the complication rate for mastectomy patients who get breast implants is actually much higher than current studies suggests.
  • Silicone Implants Backed by FDA Panel Washington Post, April 2005. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended yesterday that silicone gel breast implants made by Mentor Corp. be allowed back on the market for wider use — a surprise decision that came a day after the same panel rejected the application of a rival company.
  • FDA Panel Backs Breast Implants From One Maker The New York Times, April 2005. Silicone breast implants made by a California company should be available to women who undergo cosmetic breast surgery, a federal advisory panel voted on Wednesday, rejecting arguments about serious health problems.
  • Risking Women’s Health SF Gate: April 2005. In their third attempt, Santa Cruz-based Inamed Corp. and Mentor Corp., have submitted applications for FDA approval that would allow them to sell their silicone-gel breast implants to the general public.
  • More Teens See Implants As a Right Knight Ridder Newspapers: December 2004. Melissa Gonzalez knew her family intended to give her enough money to buy a new car when she turned 18. But she had her heart set on something else: Bigger breasts. The number of teenagers getting implants has increased three-fold in the last year. Some think it will help their self esteem, but plastic surgery has increased risks for teenagers.
  • Teens’ Cosmetic Dreams Don’t Always Come True USA TODAY: July 2004. Teens having breast augmentation are unnecessarily putting themselves at risk of injury and serious health complications.
  • FDA Rejects Silicone Gel Breast Implants The Associated Press: January 2004. Silicone breast implants were dealt a new blow Thursday when the Food and Drug Administration rejected Inamed Corp.’s bid to bring them back on the market.
  • Popularity of Breast Implants Rising Washington Post, September 2002. Breast augmentation surgeries are on the rise. However, almost one-quarter of all cosmetic saline, or saltwater-filled, breast implants will need to be followed by another operation within five years. Studies have also found significant levels of internal infection, hardening of the tissue around the implanted device and implant leakage and deflation.
  • Silicone Implants Generate Renewed Debate HealthDay: August 2002. Dr. Diana Zuckerman argues that a new study offering evidence of a reduced rate of implant rupture is a gross underestimate of the implant rupture problem.
  • All But Forgotten The Los Angeles Times: October 2001. Following the made-for-TV movie about two women who took on Dow Corning Corp., medical device makers, scientists, and regulatory agencies debate the safety of silicone breast implants.