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?[…]

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.[…]


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[…]

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