Innovative Methods of Combating Hospital-Acquired Infections

Given the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the United States, several companies are making efforts to develop technologies to reduce the occurrence of HAIs.  In a multistate point-prevalence survey of health care-associated infections in published in 2014, it was estimated that there were about 648,000 patients with 721,800 health care-associated infections in U.S. acute Read more about Innovative Methods of Combating Hospital-Acquired Infections[…]

Microbial Fingerprint Forensics

We know there are all kinds of ways bacteria make us safer. They help digest our food, they create vitamins, decompose waste, and out-compete pathogens from invading our system. Could bacteria also help catch criminals invading our house? A study by the Fort Lauderdale police department suggests they may. Recently, studies have been popping up Read more about Microbial Fingerprint Forensics[…]

IQCP is here! Are you ready?

January 2016 is right around the corner. While a new year always brings change, or at least the promise for change (I swear to make it to the gym for a change), this new year brings a critical change to clinical labs in the United States. Starting on the first of January, the Centers for Read more about IQCP is here! Are you ready?[…]

Louis Pasteur: Innovator Who Continues to Inspire

Early Life: Louis Pasteur is, simply put, a continued source of inspiration for chemists and microbiologists around the world. His work found new ways to preserve our food, revolutionized healthcare, and has potentially saved millions of lives. He fundamentally changed how the world perceived biology by drawing attention to the microscopic building blocks of life. Read more about Louis Pasteur: Innovator Who Continues to Inspire[…]

Oh, Barnacles…

Well…oysters to be more accurate. On October 1st, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have announced a 14-day closure of oyster beds located in Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay, Bluefish River, Back River, and Plymouth Harbor following two new cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Read more about Oh, Barnacles…[…]

From Peanuts to Prison

In 2008, a deadly Salmonella outbreak in peanut butter ran unbridled across 46 states. Its deadly rampage was responsible for nine deaths as well 714 confirmed cases of illness. This number is considered extremely conservative as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) often state that for every reported case of Salmonella another 38 Read more about From Peanuts to Prison[…]

Bleeding Glaciers and Autotrophic bacteria

No, Blood Falls is not the newest Norwegian metal band, but it is actually a naturally occurring geologic wonder.  Blood falls flows out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica onto the neighboring West Lake Bonney which is completely frozen over. The isolated (even for Antarctica) anomaly as well as the glacier and valley was discovered Read more about Bleeding Glaciers and Autotrophic bacteria[…]

Show Everyone You Have Culture…

If you were on the internet a few months ago, then you more than likely saw this photo. The woman behind this image is Tasha Sturm, a Laboratory Technician for Cabrillo College and became, seemingly overnight, a sensation because of her love of microbiology. The image went viral on social media and news channels. Overnight, microbiology Read more about Show Everyone You Have Culture…[…]

Modern Case of an Archaic Plague

On September 13th, 2009 a University of Chicago researcher, Malcom Casadaban, was admitted to a local hospital due to fever, aches, cough and shortness of breath. Blood tests indicated renal failure, severely elevated white blood cell count, and a left shift in the ratio of immature to mature neutrophils. Blood smears indicated bacteremia. The patient Read more about Modern Case of an Archaic Plague[…]

Plagued Waters: Legionnaires Disease

If you have seen the news lately, you may have heard about the recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in New York city, particularly the South Bronx. Over one hundred people have been affected by the illness and twelve people have died from the disease.   While Legionnaire’s disease may sound like something that plagued ancient Read more about Plagued Waters: Legionnaires Disease[…]

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