The FDA and other experts now recommend people use alcohol-based hand sanitizers or soap and water instead of powerful antibacterial agents such as triclosan
has been proved to affect the bone health of animals, but there is little evidence to prove its role in making the human bones weak and brittle, lead researcher Yingjun Li of Hangzhou from Medical College School of Public Health in China said.
The US has banned triclosan
from certain hand rubs and hand washes, but there is no ban in the UK.
has been widely used as a safe and effective antimicrobial agent for more than 30 years in consumer and health-care products, including toothpaste, soap, hand hygiene products, and surgical scrubs.
"These results, for the first time, suggest that triclosan
could have adverse effects on gut health," said Guodong Zhang at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, US.
has been used for more than 40 years in soaps, makeup, and other commercial products because of its antibacterial properties.
The team believes triclosan
could be employed as a drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to a currently-used drug called pyrimethamine.
The researchers found triclosan
to affect growth of the malaria parasite by inhibiting an enzyme called dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) at the blood stage.
In a study in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain's Cambridge University who used the AI robot to conduct high-throughput screening said the ingredient, triclosan
, showed the potential to interrupt malaria infections at two critical stages -- in the liver and the blood.
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