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.[…]

The Incredible Indestructible Tardigrade

What doesn’t need water, can freeze solid and come back to life, survives intense radiation, and stays alive in the vacuum of space?  Although the answer isn’t a cinematic horror, it certainly looks the part. The humble tardigrade (also known as a moss piglet or water bear) is a small-scale animal that rarely grows larger Read more about The Incredible Indestructible Tardigrade[…]


Under the microscope with Kombucha

Kombucha, an effervescent beverage originating in Asia, has received much attention lately in the neutraceutical and alternative health industries as being an anti-carcinogenic, fermented tea. It is believed to help regulate the gut microbiome, aid in metabolism and cell proliferation, increase detoxification, and help protect the liver. Kombucha originated in China over 2,000 years ago Read more about Under the microscope with Kombucha[…]

Could Alzheimer’s Disease be a Response to Infection?

Recent research suggests that Alzheimer’s could be due to amyloid plaque forming around an infectious agent.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that affects more than three million people each year. There are limited treatment options and no cure. While it generally affects those over the age of 60, it has been diagnosed in people Read more about Could Alzheimer’s Disease be a Response to Infection?[…]

A Not So Sweet Relationship? Trehalose and C. difficile

Dietary sugar and Clostridium difficile are not usually two things you hear of in one sentence, but it was recently discovered that a sugar additive, trehalose, may encourage the virulence of Clostridium difficile. The supporting study titled “Dietary trehalose enhances virulence of epidemic Clostridium difficile” was very recently published in January 2018 in Nature, International Journal Read more about A Not So Sweet Relationship? Trehalose and C. difficile[…]

Which gut organisms can promote cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers” and is responsible for over 50,000 deaths annually. In a recent newspaper article published in New York Times, “Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests” by Read more about Which gut organisms can promote cancer?[…]

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?[…]

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