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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:00 AM

Making Doorknobs Brass Could Stop The Spread Of Superbugs

http://www.businessinsider.com/brass-fixtures-halt-spread-of-superbugs-2012-12



Brass door knobs, handles and handrails should be brought back into common use in public places to help combat superbugs, according to scientists.

Researchers have discovered that copper and alloys made from the metal, including brass, can prevent antibiotic resistance in bacteria from spreading.

Plastic and stainless steel surfaces, which are now widely used in hospitals and public settings, allow bacteria to survive and spread when people touch them.

Even if the bacteria die, DNA that gives them resistance to antibiotics can survive and be passed on to other bacteria on these surfaces. Copper and brass, however, can kill the bacteria and also destroy this DNA.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/brass-fixtures-halt-spread-of-superbugs-2012-12#ixzz2G3nyzFM2

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Reply Making Doorknobs Brass Could Stop The Spread Of Superbugs (Original post)
xchrom Dec 2012 OP
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #1
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #2
Warpy Dec 2012 #10
Bossy Monkey Dec 2012 #3
Walk away Dec 2012 #4
dembotoz Dec 2012 #5
TlalocW Dec 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #7
Celebration Dec 2012 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #9
Chemisse Dec 2012 #12
spooky3 Dec 2012 #11
MrModerate Dec 2012 #13
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #14

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:08 AM

1. k/r

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:38 AM

2. Good thing all my doors have brass knobs on them.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:58 PM

10. I'm looking at my fugly 80s Las Vegas brass fixtures in the bathroom

with newfound respect. They're probably why I'm not dead of sloppy housekeeping.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:14 AM

3. Well, they have some kind of brass!


(rimshot)
Seriously, hope it's true, and hope it happens.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:37 AM

4. There's your new job. Designing brass door knobs to go with modern doors!

Or some kind of brass door knob cover.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:53 AM

5. no shit

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:58 AM

6. We all know...

That there will be some sort of conservative opposition to this.

TlalocW

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:39 AM

7. Fascinating...n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:09 AM

8. next trend

copper bracelets...........

oh, wait!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:09 PM

9. WOW!

Fascinating!

It depends on administrators, though, who are interested in immediate dollar savings. Brass fixtures are expensive.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:32 PM

12. Maybe adopting a policy on brass doorknobs could kick hospitals up a notch in ratings.

That would help overcome the hesitance due to cost.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:50 PM

11. A lot of brass fixtures have a protective coating.

I wonder if that would interfere with these beneficial effects.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:33 AM

13. Dang! Who woulda thunk it? n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:39 AM

14. I wonder of that is why door knobs were originally brass in the first place.

Of course they didn't know about pathogens back then, but somebody must have realized that disease was less common when door handles were made of brass.

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