RULING OUT JUNK SCIENCE

THE EVIDENCE THAT BREAST IMPLANTS CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS ISN'T WORTH CONSIDERING, SAYS A FEDERAL JUDGE

Silicone breast implants have been blamed for virtually every ailment imaginable--muscle aches, joint pain, mysterious rashes, even serious autoimmune diseases like lupus and scleroderma. So it is little wonder that implant lawsuits have clogged the nation's courts and forced one manufacturer, Dow Corning, to seek pre-emptive bankruptcy. Yet many medical and legal experts have long suspected that the blame laid on implants is based on "junk science." Last week, in a bold opinion that surprised legal experts across the country, a federal district court judge in Portland, Oregon, endorsed that view. Expert testimony linking implants to "any systemic illness or syndrome...

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