hand sanitizer

Everybody carries them around these days. Those tiny little hand sanitizers certainly come in handy after a ride on the subway or a trip through the airport, and they fit conveniently into my European man-bag. (Okay fine, it's a purse. I carry a purse.)

The instructions on the bottle I am carrying (which, as it so happens, comes from Bath & Body Works and beautifully matches my European man-bag purse) say: "Rub a dime sized drop into hands." Most people hardly do even that. At most, people stingily squeeze the tiniest of drops onto their hands in order to make their travel-sized antiseptic last as long as possible. 

But new research shows this is hardly sufficient. Even the dime-sized...

Hand sanitizers are ubiquitous. They are used by staff in hospitals, and many people keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their bags or purses. The active ingredient is often some kind of alcohol, such as isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol (the drinkable kind).

New research published in the American Journal of Infection Control suggests that professionals who administer breath alcohol tests should stay away from sanitizers that contain ethanol, as they can cause breathalyzers to produce a false positive result.

The research team performed a series of breathalyzer tests on ten volunteers with an Alco-Sensor III, a device approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and law...

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 12.36.12 PMAs if we don't have enough substance abuse problems (and deaths) is this country. The last thing we need is another way for young teens (and kids) to get access to alcohol.

But, not only do they have it, the alcohol they are now getting their hands on can be very dangerous. The method that they are using to get it can provide alcohol that is pure as 190 proof, (95 percent alcohol). This is as pure as alcohol can be made without the use of special techniques that are done in labs....

This week in health news: Oprah Network pulls the plug on the Dr. Oz radio show, the European Commission says sick cattle to be treated with homeopathy, and the FDA takes a closer look at the efficacy of antimicrobial soaps and hand sanitizers