Though the FDA has not cleared any liquid disinfectant that uses alcohol as its primary agent for use in clinical settings, isopropyl alcohol has proven effective at killing microorganisms under certain conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among different types of alcohol available for sterilization, isopropyl alcohol is consistently one of the most bactericidal.Continue Reading
As reported by the CDC, clinical trials were conducted on methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol to determine their relative effectiveness in sterilizing surfaces. All forms of alcohol suffered a significant drop in effectiveness when diluted to concentrations under 50 percent. None proved capable of killing bacterial spores or penetrating thick protein layers. Among the tested varieties, however, isopropyl alcohol did demonstrate an ability to kill the viruses for both hepatitis B and herpes. It was slightly more effective than ethyl alcohol at disinfecting both E. coli and S. aureus populations.
It was also found that isopropyl alcohol was effective in disinfecting reusable transducer heads. The CDC warns, however, that alcohol-based germicides are generally not recommended for sterilizing surgical implements. This is because none of the tested agents were able to reliably wipe out the spores of various bacilli, and fatal infections have occasionally been traced to the use of alcohol-treated implements.Learn more about Cleaning Products
Also known as a pneumococcal vaccination, a pneumonia shot is given to children under the age of 5, adults who are 65 years and above and any person between the age of 6 and 64 years old with certain health conditions, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This vaccine is intended to protect people from conditions caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, such as lung, brain and blood infections.Full Answer >
Adenovirus is a virus, so there is no cause, but the virus causes conditions such as the common cold, a sore throat, pneumonia, pinkeye and bronchitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adenoviruses usually do not cause serious illnesses or death, but those with a weak immune system may develop a serious illness due to the virus.Full Answer >
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic and WebMD all provide Web users with access to as comprehensive a list of medical conditions as is possible, state their respective websites. Mayo Clinic has the greatest number of entries in its list of medical conditions.Full Answer >
Excessive consumption of alcohol over the long haul can lead to such conditions as high blood pressure, digestive issues, liver disease, stroke, various types of cancer, neurological issues, social problems and alcoholism, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 2006 and 2010, excessive alcohol use caused about 88,000 deaths.Full Answer >