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Researchers propose zebrafish as model to predict effects of EDCs

Researchers propose zebrafish as model to predict effects of EDCs

Water is vital for our survival. However, water quality is always a concern for public health authorities as it may contain diverse environmental pollutants, including endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). [More]
NPS MedicineWise recommends regular hand washing to stop spread of bacterial infections

NPS MedicineWise recommends regular hand washing to stop spread of bacterial infections

Hand hygiene is in the spotlight as a way of preventing the spread of infection, with Antibiotic Awareness Week kicking off next week (14-20 November 2016). [More]
Scientists find link between antimicrobial chemicals and antibiotic-resistance genes in microbes

Scientists find link between antimicrobial chemicals and antibiotic-resistance genes in microbes

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as "superbugs," pose a major public health threat. [More]
Study tracks long-term effects of triclosan on soil, plant communities

Study tracks long-term effects of triclosan on soil, plant communities

Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Triclosan seems to be everywhere. When we wash our hands, brush our teeth, or do our laundry, we are likely putting triclosan into our water sources. [More]
Antimicrobial agent triclosan can rapidly disrupt gut bacterial communities

Antimicrobial agent triclosan can rapidly disrupt gut bacterial communities

A new study suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toys and even toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities found in the gut. [More]
Use of cosmetics during pregnancy can have adverse effects on newborn’s health

Use of cosmetics during pregnancy can have adverse effects on newborn’s health

A study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center's School of Public Health presents evidence linking personal care products used during pregnancy to adverse reproductive effects in newborns. [More]
Kaiser Permanente bans 'germ-fighting' antimicrobial agents for use in hospitals

Kaiser Permanente bans 'germ-fighting' antimicrobial agents for use in hospitals

Concerned about mounting exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday life and the threat of drug-resistant bacteria, Kaiser Permanente has banned paint and other interior building products treated with "germ-fighting" antimicrobial agents for use in its hospitals and other buildings. [More]
Brown University explores effect of chemical exposures on the brain and thyroid during pregnancy, childhood

Brown University explores effect of chemical exposures on the brain and thyroid during pregnancy, childhood

Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will try to close a gap in research: the effect of these exposures on the brain and thyroid during pregnancy and childhood. [More]
Common environmental chemicals may act separately or together to increase risk of cancer

Common environmental chemicals may act separately or together to increase risk of cancer

Common environmental chemicals assumed to be safe at low doses may act separately or together to disrupt human tissues in ways that eventually lead to cancer, according to a task force of nearly 200 scientists from 28 countries, including one from Oregon State University. [More]
Common antimicrobial in household items causes liver fibrosis, cancer in mice

Common antimicrobial in household items causes liver fibrosis, cancer in mice

Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. [More]
Novel method could improve treatment for infants, young children suffering from HIV/AIDS

Novel method could improve treatment for infants, young children suffering from HIV/AIDS

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. [More]
Exposure to certain phenols during pregnancy may disrupt growth of boys

Exposure to certain phenols during pregnancy may disrupt growth of boys

A research consortium bringing together teams from Inserm, the Nancy and Poitiers University Hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA), and coordinated by the Inserm and University of Grenoble Environmental Epidemiology team (Unit 823), has just published an epidemiological study indicating that exposure to certain phenols during pregnancy, especially parabens and triclosan, may disrupt growth of boys during foetal growth and the first years of life. [More]
Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to potentially unsafe levels of triclosan

Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to potentially unsafe levels of triclosan

Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan, a widely-used chemical currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco. [More]
Supermint fluoride toothpaste receives American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance

Supermint fluoride toothpaste receives American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance

Hello is thrilled to announce that its supermint fluoride toothpaste has officially been awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Recognized by dentists and consumers alike as the gold standard for U.S. oral care, the seal acknowledges that the product has met ADA guidelines for fluoride-containing toothpaste used for the control of tooth decay. [More]
Exposure of pregnant women and fetuses to antibacterial compounds leads to health risk

Exposure of pregnant women and fetuses to antibacterial compounds leads to health risk

As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, scientists are reporting today that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances. [More]
Expert guidance offers recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Expert guidance offers recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Expert guidance released today offers updated evidence reviews and recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. [More]
New article investigates effects of triclosan on health and environment

New article investigates effects of triclosan on health and environment

Earlier this year, mounting concerns over the potential health effects of triclosan, a common antimicrobial ingredient, prompted Minnesota to ban the germ-killer from consumer soaps statewide starting in 2017. [More]
Study reveals antibacterial agent triclosan promotes growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes

Study reveals antibacterial agent triclosan promotes growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes

Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. [More]
Antimicrobial agent in personal care products boosts colonization of bacteria inside human noses

Antimicrobial agent in personal care products boosts colonization of bacteria inside human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. [More]
Study describes new, cost-effective method for screening chemicals for potential environmental impact

Study describes new, cost-effective method for screening chemicals for potential environmental impact

​Every year waste treatment facilities in the United States process more than eight million tons of semi-solid sewage called biosolids -- about half of which is recycled into fertilizer and spread on crop land. [More]
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