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Cyclist: Kangaroo Ruptured My Breast Implants

Sharon Heinrich, 45, says she and pal were both hurt

(Newser) - A woman says she and a friend were injured when they were jumped by a kangaroo while cycling in an Australian wine region, the AP reports. Sharon Heinrich, 45, said Monday that she and her friend Helen Salter, 47, were cycling side by side along a tourist route in the... More »

Fresh Scars Give Away Airport Drug Smuggler

Woman had $220K worth of cocaine in breast implants: cops

(Newser) - Customs officials report an unusual arrest out of Germany: A 24-year-old Colombian woman was caught carrying $220,000 in drugs in her breast implants at Frankfurt Airport, reports Reuters . Authorities say the woman seemed to be in pain, and they found fresh operation scars below her breasts. They sent her... More »

Woman's Illness Solved When Docs Extract Implants

Saline implants can, and do, get moldy

(Newser) - In 2011, Anne Ziegenhorn of Florida began to gain weight inexplicably. Normally healthy, the mother of two soon began suffering from burning pain, vision loss, and cloudy thinking and had sores all over her body. She writes that she was unable to talk for 8 months, instead texting and writing... More »

Cops: Woman Smuggled Cocaine in Breast Implants

She is arrested at airport in Colombia

(Newser) - She might have gotten away with it if she weren't acting so nervous. Airport authorities in Colombia detained a suspicious-acting woman for questioning and soon learned that she was trying to smuggle liquid cocaine in her breast implants, reports Reuters . The 22-year-old confessed when an X-ray revealed recent surgery.... More »

Alan Grayson Bigamy Trial Stalled by Leaky Breast Implants

Everyone's favorite Florida legislator is back, and justice stalls

(Newser) - File this under "This Isn't a Real Headline, Right?" because democratically elected Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Crazytown , is again making waves. When last we left Grayson, he was accusing his soon-to-be-ex wife of bigamy after 24 years of maybe-wedded bliss, as couples do (this after Lolita Grayson accused... More »

Melissa Gilbert: Why I Ditched Breast Implants

She explains her decision, at length, on her blog

(Newser) - Melissa Gilbert has had her breast implants removed , and in an extremely long blog post written on New Year's Eve but getting picked up now , she explains why. But most of the blog post is taken up with an explanation of why she got them in the first place:... More »

Woman's 'Third Breast' Story Unravels

Snopes calls it a hoax; stolen-item report at airport doesn't help

(Newser) - It was fun, or at least weird, while it lasted, but urban legends website Snopes is calling Jasmine Tridevil's story about adding a third breast a hoax. And while Tridevil, aka Alisha Hessler, isn't 'fessing up, Florida's WTSP has dug up an especially telling stolen-item report... More »

England Will Register All Breast Implants

Officials look to fix 'cowboy industry'

(Newser) - Following a scandal over potentially dangerous breast implants last year, England is cracking down on what officials call a "cowboy industry." The country plans to begin registering every breast augmentation that occurs; Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are considering following suit, the BBC reports. "The PIP implant... More »

Shooting Victim: My Breast Implants Saved Me

They 'took the brunt of the force,' she testifies

(Newser) - Critics of breast implants like to cite possible side effects , but now advocates can mention their life-saving potential: A woman in Canada says hers protected her in a shooting. "My implants took the brunt of the force," Eileen Likness testified at the trial of an ex-boyfriend accused of... More »

Cops: Woman Faked Cancer to Get Implants

She's accused of collecting $8K in donations

(Newser) - A Phoenix woman has been charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had cancer and needed treatment, then used their donated money to buy breast implants. Police reports filed in Maricopa County Superior Court say 27-year-old Jamie Lynn Toler told her former boss she needed... More »

Ex-Head of Faulty Breast Implant Maker Arrested

Poly Implant Prothese founder Jean-Claude Mas busted in France

(Newser) - Jean-Claude Mas, founder of the now-defunct French company accused of using industrial-grade silicone in tens of thousands of breast implants, was arrested early this morning at a home in southeast France. Mas was detained as part of a French investigation into manslaughter and involuntary injuries. Interpol had also issued a... More »

Venezuela Offers Free Removal of Faulty Implants

But it won't pay for replacements

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government has offered to pay for the removal of defective breast implants for its own citizens, reports the BBC . The implants were produced by a now-defunct French company and are filled with industrial grade silicone—increasing their chance of rupturing. Replacement implants, however, will not be covered. More »

FDA Dinged French Implants Maker in 2000

Called out 'adulterated' implants

(Newser) - Interpol wants to arrest Poly Implant Protheses' founder , and a Dutch company that bought its implants is now cautioning women ... how could things get uglier for PIP? Maybe by way of the revelation that US health authorities expressed worry about PIP in May ... of the year 2000. That's nearly... More »

French Breast Implants Sold Under New Name to Dutch

Lawyer says company's founder ready to face courts

(Newser) - The potentially dangerous breast implants made by a French company accused of using cheap industrial-grade silicon were sold in at least one other country under a different name, Reuters has found. Implants made by Poly Implant Protheses were rebranded by a Dutch company that sold them to close to 1,... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Faulty Breast Implant Boss

Costa Rica wants him busted for crimes against 'health and life'

(Newser) - Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for the head of a French company that used industrial grade silicone in potentially dangerous breast implants for some 30,000 women. Jean-Claude Mas, 72, is wanted by Costa Rican authorities for crimes involving "life and health," and was last seen in... More »

France Advises 30K to Yank Breast Implants

Poly Implant Prothese used industrial-grade silicone

(Newser) - The French government today advised women who got breast implants from Poly Implant Prothèse to have them removed post-haste, and even offering up public health care funds to finance the operation, over fears that they might rupture or cause irritation. The PIP boobs were yanked off the market last... More »

Surgeon Posts Topless Photos of Implant Patients

Seven women are suing after online miscue

(Newser) - Odd lawsuit of the day: Some St. Louis women who got breast implants were horrified to discover that their surgeon posted before-and-after photos on her website —with their names attached, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "I sincerely regret that the protective mechanisms supposedly set up by my former... More »

Breast Implants Save Stabbing Victim

Silicone takes the hit

(Newser) - What a boob. Hefty silicone breast implants saved a Russian woman's life after she was stabbed by her husband. Her large, "size 4" implants—obtained at the request of her hubby—stopped the knife from entering her heart, doctors told Pravda . Moscow surgeons repaired the wound. (Unfortunately, not... More »

FDA: Silicone Breast Implants Relatively Safe

But 1 in 5 women still remove them after less than 10 years

(Newser) - Federal health officials say the latest data on silicone breast implants show they are relatively safe, despite frequent complications that lead about one in five women to have the implants removed within 10 years. An FDA report issued today is the agency's first safety assessment of the devices since... More »

Hugo Chavez: Down With Boob Jobs!

Venezuelan president calls their popularity 'monstrous'

(Newser) - Between 30,000 and 40,000 women get breast augmentations each year in Venezuela—and President Hugo Chavez is not happy about it. On state TV this weekend, he called it “monstrous” that even poor women feel pressure to get breast lifts, and that some doctors “convince some... More »

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