Lipstick chemical 'may damage muscles'

"Antibacterial soap may hinder muscle function," reports The Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail tells us of a "Lipstick chemical alert" and that an ingredient in hundreds of household products "causes heart problems".

These alarmist claims are based on a study in mice and fish that aimed to investigate the potential risks to muscle functioning of triclosan. Triclosan is a chemical that is used to prevent bacterial infections and is added to a wide range of products from lipstick, face washes and toothpaste to shoes, carpets and bedding.


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