Medicine: Toxic Tampons

One product is recalled

Ever since they were introduced more than 40 years ago, tampons have been a liberating force for women, allowing them to wear more revealing clothing, to participate in such sports as swimming and generally to act more freely during menstruation. Now these products, used by 50 million women, have been linked to a sometimes fatal disorder called toxic-shock syndrome (TSS). Last week one of the more popular brands, Procter & Gamble's Rely, was recalled from the market. and the Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning against its use.

First identified in Colorado two years ago, TSS is...

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