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Women Shun Products with Chemical Linked to Birth Defects

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:53

Moser, 26, thinks her perfume may have something to do with the difficulty her 5-year-old daughter has in talking. And with her erratic spinning around the room. And with all the other symptoms that doctors suspect might indicate autism. But, then again, she wonders if her daughter's problems might be linked to nail polish, which Moser now uses only sparingly. Or her hand lotion. Or her other makeup, all of which is gathering dust on her bathroom shelf.

"I have cut down almost completely on makeup, much as I hate to say it, because I have a lot of imperfections on my face," said Moser, a lawyer who lives in Ohio and is the mother of two children. "But I am afraid it's going to do something to me or the kids."

Sally Jacobs   Scent of trouble surrounds cosmetics: Women shun products with chemical linked to birth defects   Boston Globe 10/16/2002