Medicine: Deadly Powder

Dusted liberally over baby's bottom to prevent diaper rash, talcum powder is considered by most parents to be safe. That assumption is not necessarily true. There have been scattered incidents in the U.S. of severe skin rashes and even poisoning from powder containing dangerous ingredients. Last year doctors warned that a high asbestos content in talc could lead to lung cancer. French medical authorities in the 1950s blamed a talc accidentally laced with arsenic for killing 69 infants. Last week the French government indicted a talcum powder for the recent deaths of 28...

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