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Used Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria And Fungi

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.

"Many children participate in their school's band ensemble and often the instruments they play are on loan," says R. Thomas Glass, DDS, PhD, lead author of the study. "Most of these instruments have been played by other students, and without the proper sanitation, bacteria and fungi can thrive for weeks and even months after the last use."

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