A New Weapon Against Resistant Gram Negatives

Antibiotic development has had its challenges recently; and while the concern of drug-resistant Gram-negative has been vastly described since the past couple of decades, there is a growing light at the end of the tunnel with the recent approval of the broad spectrum antimicrobials between 2015-17. Even more encouraging is the potential regulatory filing and Read more about A New Weapon Against Resistant Gram Negatives[…]

Are bananas, as we know them, becoming extinct?

  Bananas are the world’s most exported fruit and have become a dietary staple for many people and cultures. Of the 114 million tons produced annually, 85% are produced for consumption in the United States [1]. Unfortunately, the most popular fruit in the world may be under threat by a lethal fungal disease. Fusarium wilt Read more about Are bananas, as we know them, becoming extinct?[…]

Fluoroquinolone Resistance and Screening Methods

Fluoroquinolones have been the staple of antimicrobial therapy since the launch of the flagship representative “Ciprofloxacin” by Bayer in the early 1980s. Fluoroquinolones have a fluorine atom attached to the core quinolone molecular ring and this modification results in a class of broad-spectrum bactericidal agents that show increased stability and potency against both Gram negative Read more about Fluoroquinolone Resistance and Screening Methods[…]

iChip and the 99%

A new device called the iChip, short for isolation chip, may unlock the potential to culture the majority of microbes that still remain undiscovered.  So far, standard microbiology culture methods have only been able to grow about 1% of microbial species in vitro on synthetic media (1). Beginning in 2002, the iChip was designed and tested by Read more about iChip and the 99%[…]

The Illness in our Pockets; Cellphones and the Spread of Disease.

Think of your daily morning routine. You wake up, shower, get dressed, eat, gather your belongings, and make your way out the door to work or wherever the day takes you. Most everyone has a mental checklist of the items we can’t forget in order to function properly throughout the day. I can’t speak for Read more about The Illness in our Pockets; Cellphones and the Spread of Disease.[…]

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The Life of Robert Koch

At the age of five, Robert Koch astounded his parents by telling them that he had taught himself to read with the aid of a newspaper. This feat merely foreshadowed the intelligence and tenacity which were to be so characteristic of Koch in his adult life. The son of a mining authority, Robert Koch was Read more about The Life of Robert Koch[…]

Legionnaires’ Disease at Disneyland

The Happiest Place on Earth just made news in November for all the wrong reasons. Disneyland recently shut down two contaminated cooling towers after health officials discovered the towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. Eleven separate cases of Legionnaires’ disease have surfaced in the Anaheim area. The victims were infected sometime between late August Read more about Legionnaires’ Disease at Disneyland[…]

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Is it Viral or Bacterial?

In an attempt to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics, researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a tool that physicians can use to distinguish between a bacterial or viral infection in a patient that is suffering from an infection. Antibiotics are useless in treating viral infections; sadly, bacterial resistance is stimulated by the Read more about Is it Viral or Bacterial?[…]

Can Microbiome Have an Influence on Breast Cancer?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women worldwide, more than half the women who develop this cancer have no known risk factors. The risk factors that are known are not always good predictors of developing breast cancer, including those who are genetically predisposed and Read more about Can Microbiome Have an Influence on Breast Cancer?[…]

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