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FDA: Germ-Killing Soap May Be Bad for You

Posted Monday, December 16th 2013 @ 1pm  by Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– The antibacterial soap you've been using religiously? The FDA says there's no proof that it actually stops the spread of germs any better than ordinary soap and water do—and that the chemicals in it may even be bad for us. Some scientists have long warned that triclosan, triclocarban, and other active ingredients can mess with hormone levels, and the FDA today confirmedthat some data indicated that persistent exposure to these chemicals could interfere with hormones or lead to bacterial resistance, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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