Preservation of Art Masterpieces from Microbial Dangers

Art masterpieces should be protected from microbial damages by applying preventive action. Although human occupancy is known as the main source of airborne bacteria and molds in closed environments like hospitals and schools,  art masterpieces in museums are often not considered in this respect. Many fungi and bacteria are capable of producing serious damage in Read more about Preservation of Art Masterpieces from Microbial Dangers[…]

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Polio as a Treatment for Cancer?

Glioblastoma tumors are the most common form of malignant brain tumor and affect approximately two to three adults per 100,000 each year. Due to the aggressive nature of glioblastoma, existing treatments are relatively ineffective and the prognosis for affected patients is quite poor. According to the National Brain Tumor Society, the five-year survival rate for Read more about Polio as a Treatment for Cancer?[…]

Cervid Chronic Wasting Diseases

Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), is a fatal prion infection affecting free-ranging and captive cervid herds. Cervids are hooved ruminant mammals that include deer, caribou, elk, and moose.  In North America, CWD has been found in at least 24 states, as well as in Canada, and has devastating effects on herd populations. Wyoming and Wisconsin have Read more about Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids[…]

Hardy Diagnostics Celebrates Employee Ownership

October was Employee Ownership Month. Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% Employee-Owned medical device company, is celebrating with activities throughout the month, culminating with a company-wide tri-tip barbecue on Halloween put on by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA). Through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, employees are granted stock in their company Read more about Hardy Diagnostics Celebrates Employee Ownership[…]

Antibiotic Resistance in Vietnam

Antibiotic resistance is of widespread concern and is particularly critical in developing countries, like Vietnam, where there is a higher burden of infectious disease. In these countries, the cost of new and improved antibiotics can be insurmountable, leading to the use of outdated and ineffective antibiotics. Furthermore, self-diagnosis and self-treatment can lead to antibiotic resistance Read more about Antibiotic Resistance in Vietnam[…]

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The Financial Impact of Resistant Microorganisms

From 2002 to 2014, the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections doubled from 5.2% to 11% while the overall rate of bacterial infections has remained relatively constant (13.5 million to 14.3 million). Treating an antibiotic-susceptible infection costs an average of $1,394, while an antibiotic-resistant infection costs an average of $3,698. There were approximately 1.5 million cases of Read more about The Financial Impact of Resistant Microorganisms[…]

Parasites Taking a Toll on Unsuspecting Veterans

Recently, cases of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and hepatic pain in the United States have been described among Vietnam War veterans. The cause is Clonorchis sinensis, one of the most prevalent parasites in the world which is still transmitted in many regions of Asia. It is also known as the liver fluke worm. The fluke Read more about Parasites Taking a Toll on Unsuspecting Veterans[…]

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Bacteria in Unexpected Places: The Breast Microbiome

In recent years, greater appreciation for microbes inhabiting human body sites has emerged. In the female mammary gland, milk has been shown to contain bacterial species, reaching the ducts from the skin. Researchers have also discovered a diverse population of bacteria within tissue collected from sites all around the breast in women ages 18 to Read more about Bacteria in Unexpected Places: The Breast Microbiome[…]

67 Lives a Day; How Carrot Broth is Changing Public Health.

While GBS screenings are the standard in the US and in Europe, there are still parts of the world where the 1 in 5 women globally who carry GBS may not receive screening or treatment. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, involving Read more about 67 Lives a Day; How Carrot Broth is Changing Public Health.[…]

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