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Triclosan Can Linger on Your Toothbrush

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Triclosan – a potentially harmful antibacterial agent used in some toothpastes – accumulates in toothbrush bristles, researchers report. This means your exposure to the chemical can continue even if you switch to a triclosan-free toothpaste, the investigators warned. Triclosan is now banned in over-the-counter antiseptic soaps, gels and wipes in the United States. ...

Group Urges Tougher Limits on Chemical in Soaps, Cosmetics

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims. Triclosan is found in thousands of products ranging from soap and cosmetics to toothpaste and common household items. But evidence has shown that antimicrobials like triclosan not only fall short in killing bacteria, but they may also harm human health, the coalition said ...

Chemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams: Study

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – The mixture of pollutants in many U.S. streams are more complicated and potentially more dangerous than previously thought, a new study suggests. Researchers checked for 719 organic chemicals in water samples from 38 streams across the United States and found more than half of those chemicals in the different samples. Every stream – even those in wild and uninhabited ...

Health Tip: Choose Safe Personal Care Products

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents should pay attention to any chemicals that are included in a child's personal care products, such as lotion or body wash. The Environmental Working Group suggests that parents: Always read ingredient labels, and don't blindly trust marketing claims. Choose products that don't contain fragrance. Avoid use of baby powder. Avoid products that contain the chemicals: ...

Just How Safe Is That Baby Teether?

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – A chemical that's banned from baby bottles and children's drinking cups is still widely used in baby teethers, a new study finds. Researchers in the United States who tested five dozen baby teethers found all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and ...

FDA Cracks Down on Antibacterial Soaps

Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning most antibacterial soaps and body washes currently on store shelves, arguing that the products create potential health risks but don't perform any better than plain old soap and water. The ban covers soaps and body washes containing triclosan and triclocarban, the two most common antibacterial ingredients, the FDA says. ...

Antibacterial Agent May Not Be a Dirty Word After All: Study

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Triclosan, an ingredient used in some antibacterial products and toothpaste, is a dirty word in certain circles. But triclosan might not cause the harms that some fear, new research suggests. "There are a lot of people who are fearful of triclosan, but we didn't find anything to support that concern in our study," said principal study investigator, Dr. Julie Parsonnet. ...

Chemical-Free Cosmetics May Be Safer for Teen Girls, Study Suggests

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Switching to chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos quickly lowers levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teen girls, a new study reports. Chemicals widely used in personal care products – including phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone – have been shown to interfere with the hormone system in animals, the researchers explained. These chemicals ...

Antibacterial Soaps Fail to Beat Plain Soap

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – When it comes to ridding your hands of bacteria, plain old soap is just as good as many "antibacterial" soaps, new research contends. Lab tests conducted by a team of Korean researchers revealed that when bacteria are exposed to the standard over-the-counter antibacterial ingredient known as triclosan for hours at a time, the antiseptic formulation is a more potent ...

Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 – Many pregnant women and their unborn children are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues, a new small study suggests. The antibacterial triclosan appeared in the urine of every woman tested in the study, and triclocarban, another antibacterial chemical, appeared in more than 85 percent of the urine samples, the ...

FDA Wants Tighter Rules on Antibacterial Soaps, Body Washes

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Unless companies can do that, they would have to reformulate or re-label these products if they want to keep ...

Chemicals From Antibacterial Products Found in Minnesota Lakes

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Increasing amounts of an antibacterial agent that's widely used in soaps and other consumer products are present in several Minnesota lakes, according to a new study. The findings are directly linked to growing use of the agent, called triclosan, over the past few decades, according to researchers from the University of Minnesota. Triclosan was introduced into the market in the ...

Too Much Hygiene May Affect Immune System, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 29 – Children and teens who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps that contain the chemical triclosan may be at increased risk for hay fever and other allergies, a finding that suggests that being too clean can actually make people sick, researchers say. The study also found that exposure to higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may weaken an adult's immune system. ...

FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Posted 8 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 8 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday acknowledged that there could be safety concerns regarding triclosan, an ingredient found widely in consumer products, such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste and cosmetics, clothing and toys. In an update to its Web site, the agency stated that "triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans. But several scientific ...

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