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Antibacterial products could cause weakness

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.{}

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