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[…]

Legionnaires’ Disease at Disneyland

The Happiest Place on Earth just made news in November for all the wrong reasons. Disneyland recently shut down two contaminated cooling towers after health officials discovered the towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. Eleven separate cases of Legionnaires’ disease have surfaced in the Anaheim area. The victims were infected sometime between late August Read more about Legionnaires’ Disease at Disneyland[…]


Is it Viral or Bacterial?

In an attempt to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics, researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a tool that physicians can use to distinguish between a bacterial or viral infection in a patient that is suffering from an infection. Antibiotics are useless in treating viral infections; sadly, bacterial resistance is stimulated by the Read more about Is it Viral or Bacterial?[…]

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?[…]

How To Avoid Infecting Your Thanksgiving Guests

In September 1620, a group of separatists seeking religious freedom of worship as well as bountiful land sailed from Plymouth, England for the New World. After a 66 day journey, the Mayflower dropped anchor off the coast of Cape Cod, nearly 200 miles north of their intended destination.  They of course, in true European fashion, Read more about How To Avoid Infecting Your Thanksgiving Guests[…]

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Resistance to β-Lactam Antibiotics: New Solutions to an Old Problem  

  As we progress through the 21st Century, the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance and the urgent call for action have been expressed by the medical community worldwide.  Bacterial resistance mechanisms are becoming increasingly more common, especially to broad spectrum beta (β)-lactam antibiotics which include penicllins, cephalosporins, monobactams, and carbapenems. β-lactam resistant bacteria generally evade Read more about Resistance to β-Lactam Antibiotics: New Solutions to an Old Problem  […]


The Growing Cannabis Market and Microbiology

  Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the news across the United States over the past few years.  In 2012, Colorado was the first state to pass legalization of recreational marijuana use. Prior to this, many states had legal medical prescription marijuana sales and usage on the books. However, Colorado’s move to legalize Read more about The Growing Cannabis Market and Microbiology[…]

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Transmission of Lyme Disease by Mosquitos and Flies

The classic bulls-eye rash is one that most people are warned to watch out for and are told to seek medical assistance if it appears on the skin. This rash is called erythema migrans and may occur from infection with a bacterium of the genus Borrelia. These bacteria are spirochetes and have a flagellum that aids Read more about Transmission of Lyme Disease by Mosquitos and Flies[…]

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