Herbs and spices appear to have antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties and they may in addition reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, eg cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative conditions, chronic inflammation, arthritis, cancer, obesity and diabetes type 2

In May 2019 researchers from Canada published their review of the medical scientific literature to identify and assess specific biomarkers in 25 herbs and spices, namely anise, basil, black pepper, … Read more

Hand rubbing with sprayed alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer is just as effective as rubbing with alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer poured onto the palm of the hand to reduce bacterial counts on hands and may be an acceptable alternative hand hygiene method pending assessment in other settings and for other pathogens

In February 2020 researchers from the Infection Control Programme, WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety in Singapore and Switzerland published the results of their study to assess whether sprayed alcohol-based … Read more

A “smart toothbrush” is able to keep track of any skipped areas, pinpointing missed areas on a tooth map, and give details on the percentage of brushed surface, the teeth that require more attention, and if the user is applying too much pressure in any area that could induce gingival damage

In June 2019 researchers from Italy published their review on the use of a “smart toothbrush” in an intensive care environment. Providing effective oral hygiene is crucial in this environment … Read more

Ingredients found in sunscreens appear to be absorbed into the body and produce blood levels which exceed the FDA threshold when additional safety studies for sunscreens could potentially be waived; however this does not indicate that the public should stop using sunscreens

In January 2020 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess the rate of absorption of six active ingredients (avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate) … Read more

Researchers call for the manufacturers of absorbent hygiene products, eg tampons, panty liners and sanitary pads, to disclose the presence of any sensitising fragrances as they may cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals

In January 2020 researchers from Belgium published the results of their study to assess whether absorbent hygiene products contained sensitising fragrances. The researchers stated that sensitising fragrances, which can cause … Read more