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The global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to reach USD 4,520.3 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Growing demand for medical device coatings is expected to remain a key market driver over the next six years. In addition increasing market penetration of indoor air quality products, mainly in the U.S. is also expected to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period....

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 While there may be no silver bullet for germs, researchers have developed antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings that use silver and copper colloids to kill germs and stop new ones from becoming established on surfaces. The metals work by gradually releasing germicidal metal ions into the environment. Additionally, the anti-adhesive properties of the coating ensures that both dead and fresh germs are repelled, reducing the...

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The Face of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Could Change The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established in 1978 to ensure the EPA uses the most up to date and relevant scientific research for its decision making and that the EPA's programs reflect this advice. It has served in this role, most often uncontroversially, through 36 years and six presidents. In the past much of the SAB was comprised of academicians theorists and...

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Growing Consumer Demand for Antimicrobial Treated Products Consumer awareness regarding the importance of antimicrobials is growing. Recent Market Research by Transparency Market Research indicates that a portion of that growth is owed to the widespread outbreaks of life threatening diseases and the increased recognition of nosocomial infections. This has led to an increase in the demand for antimicrobials in the medical and...

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Clothing textiles are in close contact with the microorganisms of the skin and those of the environment. The clothes create a warm and often moist environment on the skin, which leads to the growth of bacteria. In some cases, these microorganisms lead to unpleasant odors, staining, fabric deterioration and even physical irritation, like skin allergies and skin infections. The skin consists of various niches, each with its specific...

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Bacterial and Odor Profile of Clothes


Posted on Oct 13, 2014

Clothing textiles protect our human body against external factors. These textiles are not sterile and can harbor high bacterial counts as sweat and bacteria are transmitted from the skin. We investigated the microbial growth and odor development in cotton and synthetic clothing fabrics. T-shirts were collected from 26 healthy individuals after an intensive bicycle spinning session and incubated for 28h before analysis. A trained odor...

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Test Method Matchmaking


Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Is there one correct microbiological test method for every product? Antimicrobial test methods are generally used as screening tools to assist us in predicting the end-use performance characteristics of our products. Choosing the correct test method for both the active antimicrobial agent used and for the proposed end-use is critical in allowing us to predict functionality in the real-world. In most cases, for non-porous, hard...

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The Need for Antimicrobials


Posted on Sep 18, 2014

The ability to control microbial populations through direct surface modification techniques at any point during a products life offers tremendous opportunities to improve the overall health of our surroundings. Surfaces free of microbial contamination will reduce odors, will make our products last longer, will be easier to clean, and can assist in reducing infections. However, we must use sensible approaches when controlling these...

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