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ANTIBACTERIAL VS. PLAIN SOAP: A WASH

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A new review paper in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases finds that antibacterial soap is no better than plain soap at keeping you from getting sick. Some national studies have found that about 70% of liquid soaps on store shelves contain antibacterial ingredients. (Photo by Rebecca Williams)

Antibacterial soaps are marketed as an extra defense against that awful bug going around the office or your kid's school. But as Rebecca Williams reports, new research finds antibacterial soap is not any better than plain soap at keeping us from getting sick. And some scientists and doctors worry there might be risks to widespread use of antibacterial products:

Read the paper in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases

New survey on bathroom hand washing habits

CDC study on antibacterial soaps and drug resistance

Producer: Rebecca Williams
Release Date: September 24, 2007
Running Time: 4:32

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