New Technology in the Fight Against Pneumonia

Saving Patient Lives with Rapid Pneumonia Testing Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila pose a severe threat of morbidity and mortality, with acute symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest pain. High-risk cases are known to result in respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis.(1) Consequently, “Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death among children under five Read more about New Technology in the Fight Against Pneumonia[…]

Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?

A team of researches at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, have reported a new compound that displays the ability to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative antibiotic-resistant bacteria (1). PhD student Kirsty Smitten, Principal Investigator Jim Thomas, and their team in the Department of Chemistry first published their findings in Chemical Science in Read more about Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?[…]

Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?

Bacteria are commonly considered a culprit leading to cancer. However, recent research suggests that some bacteria, being a potential enemy can also be a friend, and thus be utilized to create novel cancer therapeutics and treatments.(1, Figure 1) A great deal of research ahs centered on using bacteria to reduce the size of tumors. Tumors Read more about Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?[…]

Blocking COVID with Antibodies

As the number of global coronavirus cases continues to increase beyond 20 million, there is an urgent need for treatment for those infected with SARS CoV2. Internationally, biotech companies are working feverishly towards developing a vaccine to reduce infection rates. However, it is still unclear when a final product will be released and to what Read more about Blocking COVID with Antibodies[…]

How is Legionnaire’s Disease related to Covid?

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any public health emergency we have seen in many decades. Nations have shut down borders, businesses, and life as people knew it. Aside from the obvious economic side effects of shutting down businesses, offices, schools, and other buildings, another potentially deadly disease may be on the rise as a consequence Read more about How is Legionnaire’s Disease related to Covid?[…]

Controlling Weight with Probiotics- Akkermansia muciniphilaand the Microbiome

Without a doubt one of the greatest health problems plaguing Americans to date is obesity.  The CDC reports that currently 42.4% of adults in the US are obese with a body mass index (BMI) between 30-40. Among these individuals, 9.2% were reported as having severe obesity with a BMI greater than 40. (1) In addition Read more about Controlling Weight with Probiotics- Akkermansia muciniphilaand the Microbiome[…]

CBD: How Pet Parents are Leading the Pack -The current landscape for pets and medical cannabis products

CBD: How Pet Parents are Leading the Pack -The current landscape for pets and medical cannabis products In America, nearly 67% of households own a pet. This means that roughly 85 million families have welcomed a four legged (or maybe feathered) friend into their homes. (Clement, 2019) Not only do most people own a pet Read more about CBD: How Pet Parents are Leading the Pack -The current landscape for pets and medical cannabis products[…]

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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![…]

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