Lorna Jane landed in hot water this week after promoting a new line of its activewear as "antiviral". They've pulled back, but are still claiming the line is antibacterial – and that's worrying too.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (coloured yellow) enmeshed within a human white blood cell (coloured red). MRSA is a major cause of hospital-associated infections.
Antimicrobial resistance is a public health and economic disaster waiting to happen. If we do not address this threat, by 2050 more people will die from drug-resistant infections than from cancer.
Hand sanitisers can contain ingredients that may cause antimicrobial resistance.
Misuse of common cleaning products or hand sanitisers can lead to antimcrobial resistance in bacteria.
Silver has been used to make jewellery for centuries but it’s also good at killing bacteria and could be used in new antibiotics.
For too long silver has been used to mark second best but this element deserves more recognition thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Our view of this essential dimension of earth’s biome has been shaped by the manufacturers of cleaning products.
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How to cut down on toxic chemicals found in common household products.
There are nanometals in your washing machine.
Many socks, towels and other textiles are treated with silver nanoparticles to kill germs and odors. When the silver washes out, it can pollute waterways. Two chemists propose a way to collect it from wastewater.
High-tech ways to scan nature’s own creations.
Pharmaceutical companies focus on small molecules they've devised – and can easily patent. But nature's already come up with many antibacterial compounds that drug designers could use to make medicines.
Help us put this old wives' tale to a scientific test.
Stainless steel is the metal of choice in hospitals.
Lack of knowledge and perceived cost issues could be holding back the fight against the superbugs.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of infections in early life.
A Harvard University researcher last week suggested western women stop breastfeeding after a couple of months to reduce the risk of passing potentially harmful toxins on to infants via breast milk.