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August 21st, 2007

Nanotechnology neckties help reduce the spread of infectious diseases

Today's Nanowerk Spotlight is heavy stuff, so to help your brain cells recover, here's a news item on a lighter note:

April Strider, co-founder of SafeSmart, Inc., created the SafetyTies antimicrobial neckties with the goal of reducing the spread of infectious disease and foodborne illnesses in healthcare, hospitality and foodservice settings. Now independent testing performed at BCS Laboratories, Inc. in Gainesville, Fla. proves that Strider's ties live up to those expectations.

Although neckties promote an image of competence and professionalism in both the healthcare and hospitality industries, it is extremely easy for the ties to come into contact with food, patients or hospital bedding, thereby picking up infectious bacteria. In fact, a study presented by Dr. Steven Nurkin at the American Society for Microbiology's May 2004 conference found that doctors' neckties were eight times more likely to carry bacteria and spread infections than ties worn by hospital workers who did not have contact with patients.


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