Breast implant op for free
Colombia says it will provide free removal surgery and other treatment for women who have faulty breast implants made in France.
The Social Protection Ministry urged women with implants to consult their doctors to determine if they had defective PIP brand implants. The government will offer free surgical removal of implants, but will not cover the cost of new implants unless they were originally put in during reconstructive surgery.
Man on 37 US arson charges
A man has been charged with 37 counts of arson following a series of fires that terrorised Los Angeles over the New Year weekend.
German national Harry Burkhart (24) is charged with 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure.
Burkhart, remanded on bail, will appear in court on January 24.
Diet ops beat heart attacks
Obese people who had weight-loss surgery were less likely to later suffer a heart attack or stroke, or to die from one, compared to people who did not have the surgery, according to a Swedish study.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, come from a study of more than 4,000 obese people treated at 500 surgery departments and health care centres in Sweden.
Between 1987 and 2001, half of those people opted for bariatric or weight-loss surgeries, most often stomach stapling, and the other half were treated with routine care, including advice on lifestyle change.
Streep's bid for 'human' Maggie
Meryl Streep has revealed she wanted to show the "human being" behind Margaret Thatcher's fearsome reputation.
The Oscar-winning actress plays the former British prime minister in controversial biopic The Iron Lady which premiered at the BFI in London last night.
Streep said: "People seemed to look at her as an icon or a monster and I just wanted to locate the human being inside those caricatures we've seen over so many years."