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May 12, 2004

Retired Truck Driver Invents an MRSA-killing Hand Cream!

Looks like everyone's getting into the hand-washing business (see yesterday's post on an alcohol-based rub)! Brian Bennett messed around with a vat of barrier cream, adding Triclosan, silicon, "aloe vera, vitamin E, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil and other ingredients."

His original purpose in developing this product was to treat his wife's dermatitis. Not only was she cured, but in trials at a Birmingham, UK hospital it successfully killed the bacteria responsible for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, aka "superbug").

Staffers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital took part in a three-month long trial. In more than 90% of cases there was a significant reduction in bacteria within seconds of the lotion being applied. The protection apparently lasts for several hours after use.

Smart fellow: "Mr. Bennett has patented his product, which is being developed by a pharmaceuticals company, and further clinical trials are planned."

[March 2005 Update: Go here for more on Bennett's antibacterial product, and how to buy the cream online.]


At 4/28/2006 4:31 AM, Anonymous bngcrz said...

I would just like to ask if there are other related studies that may actually lead to the premise that aloe vera may be the one responsible for the healing effect of the would.. what component of the aloe vera might have made it effective? thanks


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