December 16, 2013

Perhaps Plain Soap Is Better

1 FDA Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps may not reduce your risk of getting sick, and may contain ingredients like triclosan or triclocarban that carry unnecessary risks. The FDA says that new data reveals that the risks that go with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps could outweigh the benefits. A reason for concern is that the ingredients in antibacterial soaps could contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, or have unanticipated hormonal effects. Manufacturers of consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water are now required to prove that their products are safe and effective. The new rule doesn’t apply to makers of hand sanitizers, or to makers of antibacterial soaps used in a health care setting.

More at FDA | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sanitizers Better Than Hand Washing for Colds

Tags: Antibacterial Soap Safety, Antibiotic Resistance, Triclosan Investigation, FDA Questions Antibacterial Soaps, Triclocarban

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2 Multivitamins May Be a Waste of Money

Taking multivitamins or supplements for the prevention of chronic conditions may be a waste of money, suggests Dr. Edgar Miller of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Miller is a co-author of a new editorial published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The editorial is based on three studies that looked at whether multivitamins improve cognitive function in men older than 65, and whether they prevent cancer or heart attacks. The analysis of studies found that multivitamins had no beneficial effect on the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease. In addition, vitamins failed to prevent death in any way. Studies looking at cognitive response to vitamins found no differences between those taking vitamins and the those who didn't take them.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Is Vitamin D a Big Help or Hype?

Tags: Annals of Internal Medicine, Multivitamins, Vitamins Waste Money, Vitamins Prevent Chronic Diseases

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