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India’s Iodine-Carrying, ‘Life Saving’ Bindis Have Critics

Colorful facial adornments known as bindis have long been worn by women across South Asia as a fashion accessory or religious signifier, but now they also provide essential nutrients. “Jeevan Bindi,” or “Life Saving Bindi,” contains iodine, which could help tens of millions of women in India who suffer from iodine deficiency. The creators say the adhesive-backed felt bindis, which appear identical to ones that serve merely decorative purposes, dispense the daily dose of the essential...

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