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Antibacterial products may harm fetus: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Aug. 11, 2014

Pregnant women who use antibacterial soaps and products may be putting their fetuses at risk of developmental and reproductive problems, researchers say.(Fotolia)


 

Pregnant women who use antibacterial soaps and products may be putting their fetuses at risk of developmental and reproductive problems, researchers say.

In a study, researchers from Arizona State University said they found triclosan in all urine samples of pregnant women they screened, and in about half of umbilical cord blood samples. Triclocarban was also found in many of the samples.

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Triclosan and triclocarban are two of the most commonly used germ-killers in products, researcher Benny Pycke said. The compounds are used in more than 2,000 antimicrobial products, including carpets, paints, toys, school supplies, toothpaste and soap.

Although the body can flush these two antibacterial agents, the near constant exposure to them poses a problem.

In related research, State University of New York scientist Laura Geer found the antimicrobial butyl paraben, which is commonly used in cosmetics, led to shorter babies.

The research was presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

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