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Panel Discounts Implant Disease Risk

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Science  25 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5423, pp. 2065-2066
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2065a

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A blue-ribbon panel has concluded that silicone breast implants do not increase the risk of diseases such as lupus or cancer, rejecting a theory invoked in countless claims against implant manufacturers. But the report, released earlier this week, is unlikely to be the last chapter in the lawsuit-weary saga: The Institute of Medicine panel cites evidence that silicone implants can leak and cause infections or painful scarring around the implants.