How To Avoid Infecting Your Thanksgiving Guests

In September 1620, a group of separatists seeking religious freedom of worship as well as bountiful land sailed from Plymouth, England for the New World. After a 66 day journey, the Mayflower dropped anchor off the coast of Cape Cod, nearly 200 miles north of their intended destination.  They of course, in true European fashion, Read more about How To Avoid Infecting Your Thanksgiving Guests[…]

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Resistance to β-Lactam Antibiotics: New Solutions to an Old Problem  

  As we progress through the 21st Century, the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance and the urgent call for action have been expressed by the medical community worldwide.  Bacterial resistance mechanisms are becoming increasingly more common, especially to broad spectrum beta (β)-lactam antibiotics which include penicllins, cephalosporins, monobactams, and carbapenems. β-lactam resistant bacteria generally evade Read more about Resistance to β-Lactam Antibiotics: New Solutions to an Old Problem  […]

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The Growing Cannabis Market and Microbiology

  Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the news across the United States over the past few years.  In 2012, Colorado was the first state to pass legalization of recreational marijuana use. Prior to this, many states had legal medical prescription marijuana sales and usage on the books. However, Colorado’s move to legalize Read more about The Growing Cannabis Market and Microbiology[…]

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Transmission of Lyme Disease by Mosquitos and Flies

The classic bulls-eye rash is one that most people are warned to watch out for and are told to seek medical assistance if it appears on the skin. This rash is called erythema migrans and may occur from infection with a bacterium of the genus Borrelia. These bacteria are spirochetes and have a flagellum that aids Read more about Transmission of Lyme Disease by Mosquitos and Flies[…]

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Filthy Pharmacy: How Carelessness Cost Lives and Prompted New Industry Guidelines

Compounding Pharmacies are specialized pharmacies able to address specific health needs in a way mass produced pharmaceuticals cannot. Compounded medications offer customized solutions for patients’ unique conditions. The value of these facilities is significant for those who have experienced an enhanced quality of life or life-saving benefits from compounded medications. In January 2017, the former Read more about Filthy Pharmacy: How Carelessness Cost Lives and Prompted New Industry Guidelines[…]

Can Mother’s Microbiome Affect Her Child’s Behavior?

Amidst the myriad of effects we’ve found our gut microbiome can have on our daily lives, a recent study finds that it may also affect behaviors in our offspring, even long after they’ve exited the womb. Two newer studies using rats published by MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School explored the idea that Read more about Can Mother’s Microbiome Affect Her Child’s Behavior?[…]

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Fecal Microbiota Transplants and C. difficile

  On September 6th, 2017, the organization known as PETA or the People for the ethical treatment of animals called out to their vegan brethren to donate their stool…for SCIENCE! [1]  For those who are unaware, Fecal Microbiota Transplants or FMT’s are a relatively new but promising treatment for individuals who have had their guts ravaged Read more about Fecal Microbiota Transplants and C. difficile[…]

How bio-luminescence will light our way to a brighter future.

Throughout history there has been an ongoing conversation about the mystical “living light” that shows up fluttering in the sky, churning beneath the ocean waves, and dancing across the forest floor. Stories have been passed down depicting this fantastical phenomenon stemming from all different cultures and histories. From ocean explorers that discovered the deep sea Read more about How bio-luminescence will light our way to a brighter future.[…]

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Does Gardnerella vaginalis Play an Important Role in Urinary Tract Infections?

Urinary tract infections are a result of bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra. When these bacteria arrive at the bladder, they begin to multiply, leading to an infection. In most cases, the urinary system can usually fight off these invaders; but in cases where the defense of the urinary system fails, UTIs affect Read more about Does <i>Gardnerella vaginalis</i> Play an Important Role in Urinary Tract Infections?[…]

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Saving a Baby One Broth at a Time

My wife is eight months pregnant and her due date is creeping ever closer with each passing day. In this last month, many preparations are being made in our home. We have assembled the cradle, put away the copious amount of clothes our generous parents have given us (it’s our first child), and the house has Read more about Saving a Baby One Broth at a Time[…]

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