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'Poor man's botox' leads to hospitalization

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BOSTON, Sep 01, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Massachusetts woman was hospitalized after receiving illegal mineral oil injections that one official described as a "poor man's Botox."

The woman, who was not identified, was treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and released after becoming ill.

"It's like a poor man's Botox," Anne Collins, director of the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, told the Boston Globe.

Officials with the licensure division discovered anesthesia and tattooing equipment at the premises and contacted the Boston Public Health Commission, which ordered the salon closed, the Globe reported. The business was not licensed to do tattooing, the newspaper said.

Officials said this was the first case of mineral oil treatments in Massachusetts, but two years ago several women in Texas were reportedly disfigured by similar treatments.

Mineral oil injections have not been approved by the FDA and are illegal in Massachusetts. Collins said the injections could lead to immune system malfunctions, disfigurement or other health problems.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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