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Breast Plants Good or Bad For decades consumer advocates claimed that legal reform to make it harder for individuals to sue companies would unleash a torrent of unsafe products on the market Instead an out-of-control legal system is making it almost impossible for companies to develop products for women without risking bankruptcy Consider silicone breast implants Bags filled with silicone gel have been used for over three decades to reconstruct or enlarge womens breasts Anywhere from 500000 to 2 million women have received breast implants Thanks to a class action lawsuit however breast implant makers are being forced to abandon the implant market even though there is no evidence implants cause harm In the 1980s some women began claiming their silicone breast implants leaked causing a variety of symptoms common to connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis lupus and scleroderma By the summer of 1992 thousands of cases were filed including at least nine state and federal class actions lawsuits It is now clear silicone breast implants pose no health risk to women A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic compared women who had breast implants and those who did not over a 27 year period and found there was no difference in the risk for connective tissue disease Similar results were found for rates of cancer other than breast cancer In addition not a single study supports the claim made by some women that silicone breast implants cause higher rates of multiple sclerosis and auto-immune disease If there is no scientific connection between silicone breast implants and connective tissue disease why have women won cases against implant manufacturers Courts in the United States have wide discretion on who can be considered an expert for purposes of medical testimony Lawyers are extremely successful in getting researchers who engage in shoddy research on the stand to testify that breast implants do indeed cause diseases In the current legal environment a single victory
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