August 23, 2012 - An antibacterial chemical could weaken your muscles as you wash your hands. A new study suggest the antibacterial chemical, Triclosan, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level. Triclosan is found in many products advertised as antibacterial and many that aren't. Beyond hand soap, you might find the chemical in mouthwashes and toothpastes, deodorants, lipstick, and trash bags. In the study, researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of California, Davis, found the chemical slowed swimming fish and weakened muscular strength in mice. Triclosan was also found to cause some muscle failure in isolated cells and fibers.
Also, August is National Immunization Awareness Month. In Georgia the Department of Health is reminding citizens to get their booster shots for illnesses such as meningitis. This month is meant to serve as a reminder that people of all ages require timely immunizations to protect their health. According to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, roughly 50 thousand Americans die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications. Ask your local health care provider to make sure you're up to date on immunizations.