Home-washed surgical scrubs at greater contamination risk

The study, carried out by Bioscience Laboratories in the US and sponsored by Molnlycke Health Care US, found that home-laundered scrubs cleaned and ready to wear had as many bacteria in them as facility-laundered, third-party laundered and single-use scrubs which had been worn for a day. A total of 80 surgical scrub garments, tops and [...] Read more »

Triclosan Exposure Levels Increasing in Humans

Levels of the chemical triclosan have increased in humans by an average of 50 percent since 2004, according to newly updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Meanwhile, a new study out of the University of Toledo has found that both triclosan and triclocarban can enter the food chain through of [...] Read more »

Silver Nanoparticles Stop Sperm Stem Cell Growth

A new study has identified exactly how silver nanoparticles cause male reproductive cells to stop growing. Minute materials used in a number of consumer products such as antimicrobial agents can interrupt important cell signaling within male reproductive sperm cells, causing them to stop growing, according to a new study that builds on previous work by [...] Read more »

EPA Acts on Petition to Regulate Nano-Silver Products

Acknowledging the critical need for in-depth review of products utilizing nanotechnology pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a 60-day public comment period in response to a petition filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA), which demands the agency stop the sale of numerous consumer products with nano-silver. In the Federal Registry notice [...] Read more »

Antibacterial Household Products: Cause for Concern

Presentation from the 2000 Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference in Atlanta, Georgia Stuart B. Levy Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA The recent entry of products containing antibacterial agents into healthy households has escalated from a few dozen products in the mid-1990s to more than 700 today. Antibacterial products were developed and have been [...] Read more »

WHO urges countries to take measures to combat antimicrobial resistance

20 AUGUST 2010 | GENEVA — Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – the ability of micro-organisms to find ways to evade the action of the drugs used to cure the infections they cause – is increasingly recognised as a global public health issue which could hamper the control of many infectious diseases. Some bacteria have developed mechanisms [...] Read more »

Drug Resistance – “Super” Bugs

Modern Medicine considers antibiotics to be one the greatest success stories of all time. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin 75 years ago. Antibiotics first became widely used in the World War II era. 50 years+ later, antibiotics are no longer as effective as they were perceived to be. Sir Alexander Fleming predicated this would happen [...] Read more »

German Institute Advises Against Using Nanoscale Silver Ions in Consumer Products

The manufacturers of consumer products have made use of the antimicrobial properties of silver ions for some time now. To Read Full Story Go  To http://www.flex-news-food.com/console/PageViewer.aspx?page=30540Recently, silver particles in the nanorange have likewise been used. For instance, the surfaces in fridges coated with nanosilver are intended to inhibit the growth of germs and nanosilver aims to prevent [...] Read more »

USDA Detects Antimicrobial-Resistant Genes

Using an advanced genetic screening technique, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service scientists have detected–for the first time–over 700 genes that give microbes like Salmonella and E. coli the ability to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds…..   To read the whole story go to  http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/06/usda-detects-over-700-antimicrobial-resistant-genes/   Read more »

Popular Pesticide Triclosan Found to Carry Numerous Health and Environmental Risks

Food & Water Watch and Beyond Pesticides File Petition to FDA to Ban Triclosan for Non-Medical Uses WASHINGTON – July 14 – Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, in partnership with the public health and environmental activist group Beyond Pesticides, today submitted an amended petition to the United States Food and Drug [...] Read more »