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Study: Toothpaste chemical impairs muscle function


Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical commonly used in toothpaste, mouthwash, hand soaps, and other personal care products, has been found to hinder muscle contractions at a cellular level, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of California at Davis and the University of Colorado performed several experiments to evaluate the effects of triclosan on muscle activity, using doses similar to those that people and animals may be exposed to every day. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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