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The vast majority (more than nine out of ten) of in-use make-up products such as beauty blenders, mascara and lip gloss are contaminated with potentially life threatening superbugs, including E.coli and Staphylococci, finds a new study. Most are not being cleaned and used beyond their expiry date. : Health

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Superbugs including E.coli and Staphylococci have been found in more than nine out of ten in-use beauty products

The vast majority of in-use make-up products such as beauty blenders, mascara and lip gloss are contaminated with potentially life threatening superbugs, new research from Aston University published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology has revealed.

Journal Reference:

A. Bashir, P. Lambert.

Microbiological study of used cosmetic products: highlighting possible impact on consumer health.

Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2019;

Link: https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jam.14479

DOI: 10.1111/jam.14479

Abstract

AIMS: To investigate the nature and extent of microbial contamination in five categories of used cosmetic products (lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliners, mascaras and beauty blenders) and highlight the potential risk posed to consumers in the UK.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Used products were donated and microbial contents were determined by microbial culture and identification. About 79-90% of all used products were contaminated with bacteria, with bacterial loads ranging between 102 and 103 CFU per ml, beauty blenders contained an average load of >106 CFU per ml. Presence of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Citrobacter freundii was detected. Enterobacteriaceae and fungi were detected in all product types, and were prevalent in beauty blenders (26·58 and 56·96% respectively). Ninety-three per cent of beauty blenders had not been cleaned and 64% had been dropped on the floor and continued to be used.

CONCLUSIONS: Significant levels of microbial contamination occur during use of cosmetic products and presence of pathogenic organisms pose a potential risk to health.

SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: The nature and high level of contamination in used cosmetic products indicate that greater user awareness and education are required. Manufacturers should ensure that product expiry dates are prominently displayed and consumers can identify the symbols used on product packaging.



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THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Though weight-loss surgery can do wonders for your waistline, a new study suggests it might also reverse subtle damage to your heart.

The research included 38 obese patients who had weight-loss surgery and 19 obese patients who were on the waiting list for weight-loss surgery.

At the start of the study, 58% of patients in the surgery group had subclinical heart disease — which means changes to the heart and its function before actual heart disease starts. In 82% of those patients, subclinical heart dysfunction normalized six months after surgery.

But subclinical heart disease worsened in 53% of patients on the waiting list during the same period.

Other measures also spoke to the benefits of weight-loss surgery.

After six months of follow-up, the patients in the surgery group had lost 26% of their total body weight, while those on the waiting list stayed the same weight. Rates of obesity-related health problems in the surgery group were: high blood pressure, 30%; type 2 diabetes, 13%, and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or triglycerides), 5%.

Meanwhile, rates among patients on the waiting list were 61% for high blood pressure, 40% for type 2 diabetes, and 42% for dyslipidemia.

The findings were to be presented Thursday at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting, in Vienna, Austria. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“We show that abnormal subclinical heart function in obese patients is common. Early [six months] after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery, it normalizes in more than 80% of patients and is comparable to normal weight controls,” said study author Dr. Marie-Eve Piche, from the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute.

“Obesity-related [problems] also got better,” she added in a meeting news release. “Interestingly, remission of type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery was associated with improvement in subclinical heart function. Conversely, obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who remained on the surgical waiting list showed a worsening in their subclinical [heart] function during follow-up.”

— Robert Preidt

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