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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[…]

Chikungunya: The Neglected Disease

Can you think of an infectious disease that infects about one million people annually, has no effective treatment, and there is no available vaccine? Chikungunya falls into this category of neglected diseases. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described duringan outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the Read more about Chikungunya: The Neglected Disease[…]

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Natural Wonders: Lake Natron, a happy place!

Lake Natron is a vast body of water, 57 kilometers (35 mi) long and 22 kilometers (14 mi) wide, in the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa right along the Northern border of Tanzania and Kenya. Located at the base of the volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, you will first notice the deep red hue of its water, Read more about Natural Wonders: Lake Natron, a happy place![…]

Assurance that clean rooms are indeed clean…

Environmental monitoring (EM) is a proactive tool for Quality Assurance and is a critical process within pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The process is important in determining the microbial and particulate content of clean room air and surfaces and highlights conditions that contribute to excess microbial and particulate levels caused by ineffective cleaning, or issues due to personnel or Read more about Assurance that clean rooms are indeed clean…[…]

Extremophiles: Life on the Fringes

Humans are extremely adaptive creatures. We have crowned ourselves ruler of our planet, cultivating civilizations across the globe from the hottest deserts and tallest mountain ranges, to even floating communities such as the Kompong Chhnang floating city in Cambodia. Humanity, however, is still constrained by physical limitations such as the need for oxygen, drinkable water, and Read more about Extremophiles: Life on the Fringes[…]

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