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Cold War antiseptic has potential in fight against drug-resistant germs and viruses

Widely used antiseptics with chlorinated aromatic structures including triclosan and triclocarban barely degrade and so persist in the environment for long significant periods, even decades. In contrast, Miramistin is 88–93% biodegradable The study is published in the journal FEMS Microbiology Reviews. Lead author Dr Ali Osmanov, awarded a scholarship to study fungal disease at Manchester,… Read More »

Beware of Workplace Germs

You collect more than a paycheck at work: Every time you touch your desk, keyboard, or telephone, you pick up germs. More than 10 million bacteria are on a typical office desk — 400 times more bacteria than found on the average toilet seat — which means that typing an email or making a call… Read More »

We’ve discovered a whole new defence system against germs in our noses

Your nose is armed and readyGetty By Michael Le Page It’s been right behind our noses all along but we’ve only just discovered it. When the cells inside your nose sense danger, they release billions of tiny sacs filled with bacteria-killing weapons into the mucus lining. These sacs not only kill bacteria directly, they also… Read More »