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Go with Your Gut—Your Gut Microbiome That Is!

Listeria hysteria! Outbreaks have been popping up in a variety of foods over the years—however, not all infections are created equal. The severity of L. monocytogenes infection, also known as Listeriosis, is dependent on both the host’s immune system and the virulence of the strain.(1) Immunocompromised populations may experience encephalitis, meningitis, bacteremia, miscarriage, gastroenteritis, or Read more about Go with Your Gut—Your Gut Microbiome That Is![…]

Helicobacter May Not Always be Hard to Stomach

Helicobacter May Not Always be Hard to Stomach

Can it control gluten sensitivity and asthma? Helicobacter pylori infection is no laughing matter. Sufferers can look forward to such unpleasant symptoms as chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers, and possibly gastric adenocarcinoma. Only discovered in 1982, H. pylori‘s pervasive presence, particularly in developing countries, is now accepted as the underlying cause of many gastric disorders.Despite the Read more about Helicobacter May Not Always be Hard to Stomach[…]

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Can Vitamin D be Useful Against COVID-19?

A study published on May 6th, has produced optimism that vitamin D may help to prevent serious infections of the COVID-19 virus. Researchers from the UK have compiled data on the incidence of COVID-19 infections and correlated it to the blood levels of vitamin D in people from 20 European nations. The results show that Read more about Can Vitamin D be Useful Against COVID-19?[…]

Debugging the Mosquito Crisis

One of the deadliest species known to man is Aedes aegypti, also known as the Yellow Fever mosquito. This species of mosquito is capable of carrying and spreading diseases such as chikungunya, zika, yellow fever, and dengue fever to more than half of the world’s population. These diseases are the cause for millions of deaths Read more about Debugging the Mosquito Crisis[…]

Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery

Bacteria are becoming more resistant to drugs while pharmaceutical companies are slowing their antibiotic research. Due to low profits and high time consumption, there are fewer drugs discovered and manufactured by drug companies.(1) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections are a major concern with limited treatment options. Treatment is Read more about Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery[…]

Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?

Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?

This is the question that many are asking, but unfortunately, there is no easy answer.  First of all, we have to take a look at why the cold and flu viruses seem to dissipate in the summer months. There are four possible reasons why respiratory viruses are more common in the winter and tend to Read more about Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?[…]

Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items

In the United States, approximately 2.8 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) every year resulting in billions of dollars in healthcare costs and approximately 35,000 deaths (1,2). About 80% of antibiotic use in the United States comes from the agriculture industry, particularly in the husbandry of cattle and poultry. While antibiotics are Read more about Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items[…]

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COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens

Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been getting many inquiries about what type of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidelines for Read more about COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens[…]

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Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?

Cannabis has many different modes of delivery and applications for use. The most common ways that cannabis is used in our society today are: a smokeable, an edible, an oil or infused product. According to most market researchers, flower products and concentrates are the top sellers, with edibles and cosmetics also representing a solid segment Read more about Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?[…]

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