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UCSF study: Hand-wringing over hospital handwashing
San Francisco Business Times

Handwashing using antibacterial soap may expose doctors, nurses and other hospital staffers to “significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan,” a commonly used chemical that’s under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a clinical study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Triclosan, described by UCSF as a “synthetic antibacterial agent,” is also found in thousands of consumer products, researchers said, including soaps, cosmetics, acne creams and some brands of toothpaste.

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