These past two weeks have seen two record-breaking hurricanes barrel into the United States and its territories. Hurricane Harvey, which brought torrential rainfall and flooding (27 trillion gallons of water!), brought the city of Houston to a stand-still. Right on Harvey's tail, Irma battered islands in the Caribbean and kept southern Floridians guessing as to where it would make landfall, ultimately striking the Keys and the Gulf Coast. As with all hurricanes of this magnitude, the dangers to life and limb are not limited to the duration of the actual storm- the weeks that follow bring a whole new set of dangerous conditions. Today's post will explore the dangers that involve infectious disease and the overall access to medical care.
As of this month, consumer products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can no longer contain triclosan and 18 other ingredients touted as "antibacterial." After decades of research and a consensus paper signed by 200 scientists from 29 countries, the FDA published its Final Rule, banning these products as of September 6, 2017. Today's post will present an overview of the research that underpins this decision, as well as a warning about those products not covered by the ban.