Chemical in Antibacterial Hand Soaps May Impair Muscle Function, University of California, Davis (UCD) and University of Colorado Study

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado. The findings appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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