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Photo: Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued stricter safety requirements for breast implants, mandating that patients receive detailed information about potential complications.

Why it matters: The new regulations come as the agency experiences increased pressure from the public over the sometimes severe complications that thousands of women who received breast implants have endured for years, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.

  • Women who received implants have reported severe muscle and joint pain, weakness, cognitive difficulties and fatigue, according to the New York Times.

Details: The FDA's order restricts the sale and distribution of breast implants to only health care providers and facilities that provide people with a "Patient Decision Checklist," per the release.

  • The agency also issued a requirement for manufacturers to post new warning labels on several types of breast implants.

What they're saying: "Protecting patients’ health when they are treated with a medical device is our most important priority," said Binita Ashar, director of the Division of Surgical Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

  • "[T]he FDA is working to close information gaps for anyone who may be considering breast implant surgery," she added.

Go deeper: FDA wants women to be warned of breast implant risks

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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

"First-of-its-kind" trial will test preventative breast cancer vaccine

A breast cancer survivor attends a health care protest in Washington, D.C., in 2017. Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer for the Washington Post via Getty Images

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have launched a first-of-its-kind study for a vaccine aimed at preventing lethal breast cancer.

Why it matters: Triple-negative breast cancer is considered one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer because it does not typically respond to hormonal or targeted therapies, researchers say.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.