Antibacterial Soap May Do More Harm Than Good
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Common antibacterial compounds, used in over 2,000 everyday products from soaps to school supplies and toys, could create health risks for pregnant women and fetuses. Researchers at Arizona State University examined exposure of pregnant women and their fetuses to triclosan and triclocarban, which are two of the most commonly used antibacterial ingredients in soaps and other products. Triclosan was detected in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women screened in the study; it was also found in approximately half of the umbilical cord blood samples from the fetuses. Triclocarban was also detected in many of the samples. The study also links higher levels of the antimicrobial butyl paraben, often found in cosmetics, with shorter newborn lengths. While the body usually flushes out these antibacterial compounds, their ubiquity in products creates a danger of constant exposure. The potential dangers of antimicrobials has led to Minnesota banning their inclusion in certain products beginning in 2017, while some companies will begin phasing out triclosan from their products. The report on this study will be presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
Adding to the evidence against the safety of antibacterial soaps, researchers have found that pregnant women and fetuses that are exposed to triclosan and triclocarban — two common ingredients found in germ-killing soap — could face health risks. The research led by Rolf Halden, a professor at ...
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