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Hand (de)sanitizer?The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uncovered a nasty little additive in some Puerto Rican hand sanitizers: bacteria. The FDA linkurl:warned;http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm202955.htm consumers to use neither Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer nor MD Quality Hand Sanitizer -- which are only distributed in the Caribbean territory -- because the two products may contain __Burkholderia cepacia__, a bacterium that can cause serious infections if used on c

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Mar 7, 2010
Hand (de)sanitizer?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uncovered a nasty little additive in some Puerto Rican hand sanitizers: bacteria. The FDA linkurl:warned;http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm202955.htm consumers to use neither Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer nor MD Quality Hand Sanitizer -- which are only distributed in the Caribbean territory -- because the two products may contain __Burkholderia cepacia__, a bacterium that can cause serious infections if used on cut or abraded hands. No adverse effects resulting from use of the products have yet been reported to the agency.
Image: US Navy
NIGMS listens
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has linkurl:asked;http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/StrategicPlan/ scientists for a little feedback on their wants and needs. The center, part of the National Institutes of Health, will be accepting comments from academics, postdocs, industry types, and others on how it can better build and sustain America's biomedical workforce. You can leave your comment on the NIGMS linkurl:website;http://public.nigms.nih.gov/2010TrainingSP/ until...
NIGMS talks
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