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Antibacterial study

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Antibacterial hand soap, detergent and household cleaning products "did not reduce risk of infectious diseases" in a study of 238 households randomly assigned to antibacterial or non-antibacterial products in New York City, Elaine Larson, PhD, et al., Columbia University, report in the March 2 Annals of Internal Medicine. The results do not "preclude the potential contribution of these products in reducing symptoms of bacterial diseases in the home," the investigators note. An accompanying editorial by Todd Weber, MD, and James Hughes MD, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, hypothesizes there is a greater risk for transmission of germs outside the home, and therefore, "prevention efforts should be focused there." Editorial authors also recommend further study...
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