DailyMail: Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may harm pregnant women, experts warn

June 26, 2017

Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may be harmful to pregnant women, experts have warned. A report published by more than 200 scientists has warned that antibacterial chemicals found in soap, lunchboxes and exercise mats could be causing ‘more harm than good’.…

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The Telegraph: Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

June 25, 2017

Anti-bacterial soaps and gels are useless and may cause harm, 200 scientists and medics have warned. The consensus statement, published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives also cautions against the use of antimicrobial agents in food storage containers, exercise mats and paints…

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Quartz: A harmful antibacterial the US has banned in hand soap is still allowed in toothpaste

June 20, 2017

Nearly a year has passed since the US Food and Drug Administration banned Triclosan from hand soaps and body wash in the country. But the antimicrobial and its chemical relatives are still on the ingredients list for loads of other products people in the US and internationally put on their skin and in their mouths—more than 2,000 of them, according to a statement published Tuesday (June 20) and signed by 200 doctors and scientists from all over the world.…

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Forbes: Scientists Call For Tighter Limits On Use Of Ubiquitous Antimicrobial Chemicals

June 20, 2017

Triclosan, an antimicrobial chemical, is tough to avoid., which probably explains why it’s been found in the urine of most humans who’ve been tested. Last September, the Food and Drug Administration gave manufacturers one year in which to stop using triclosan in liquid soaps, due to a lack of evidence that it’s safe and effective…

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Bacteria get an image makeover

In the 1963 animated film The Sword in the Stone, two wizards face off in a climactic duel, transforming themselves into an increasingly fearsome series of creatures in a magical arms race. In the end, the clever Merlin defeats his rival, the Mad Madam Mim, with an unexpected tactic. Mim’s mighty dragon is no match for Merlin’s lowly microscopic germ. This victory helps the film recast the legend of King Arthur as a story about the end of medieval superstition…

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