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[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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?[…]

Neutralizing the Situation

In the past year, there have been ongoing concerns that sanitizers commonly used to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses can lead to false-negative test results for Salmonella.  Salmonella are bacteria that can make people sick with an infection called salmonellosis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses Read more about Neutralizing the Situation[…]

Serogrouping of Strep:The Legacy of Rebecca Lancefield

  Some species of streptococci are unique in that they are classified or grouped according to the antigenic structure of their cell walls. Ever wondered how this was discovered? In this article, we will explore the history of how strep grouping came to be in common usage today. The genus Streptococcus contains many pathogens from Read more about Serogrouping of Strep:The Legacy of Rebecca Lancefield[…]

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Contaminated Cantaloupes! Listeria on the Loose.

Listeriosis or Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning is an infection which could be fairly mild or debilitating depending on the person infected. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible to Listeriosis. When a person is infected, symptoms of a Listeria infection can include sudden onset fever, chills, severe Read more about Contaminated Cantaloupes! Listeria on the Loose.[…]

Honoring one of the greatest antibiotic researchers… H. Boyd Woodruff

Boyd Woodruff was the son of an East Coast farmer whose ground-breaking research served as a lynch pin for fellow scientists to be able to harvest a plethora of lifesaving antibiotics from every day soil. Known simply as Boyd, he loved to read and explore the world around him. However, it was not until he Read more about Honoring one of the greatest antibiotic researchers… H. Boyd Woodruff[…]

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