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Antibacterial agent in common household products shown to weaken the heart and muscles

Found in a variety of soaps, hand sanitizers, fabrics, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even tap water, researchers have discovered triclosan is far from harmless. Linked to heart failure and decline in muscle strength, the agent has come under scrutiny due to its widespread use in common household products. Considering the Environmental Protection Agency estimates over one million pounds of the chemical are produced each year in the United States, such excessive daily exposure has researchers worried - and for good reason.

Physiology of Muscles

Over the next few newsletters, we're going to return to our series on the anatomy and physiology of the human body -- focusing this time on the musculoskeletal system. At first glance, studying muscles and bones might seem boring. After all, who wants to memorize several hundred Latin names? And what do you need to know about muscles and bones to keep them healthy; they pretty much take care of themselves if you eat a good diet, don't they? Eat protein for your muscles and calcium, boron, and vitamin D3 for your bones. There! Done!