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The future of the doctor's necktie may be at stake (or, what to get your doctor for the holidays)

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Mounting evidence has emerged in recent years that doctors wearing ties might actually cause as much harm to patients as doctors who don't wash their hands. In one 2004 study of 42 doctors and medical staffers at the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, almost 50 percent of the neckties were host to bacteria that can cause pneumonia, blood infections, and more.

But because many doctors are publicly pushing for the preservation of the necktie, April Strider of SafeSmart in Florida has put her money on a compromise: the high-tech, antimicrobial tie.

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