In his June1 commentary Todd discusses mass media "hype" of scientific information. In August 1981 we randomly surveyed women of menstrual age at our rural health center to assess whether knowledge of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) altered menstrual practices (Table 1).

News of TSS had reached most women; six (9.4%) of 64 surveyed had never heard of TSS. Among those who had used tampons within two years, 14 of 36 (38.9%) had changed menstrual practices due to knowledge of TSS.

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