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A Caffeinated Conundrum
Food Safety

A Caffeinated Conundrum

Coffee drinkers beware… Does coffee lead to increased risk of dementia and stroke? Moderation is best! Coffee, with over 22
September 16, 2022 Comments are off
The Nipah Virus…
Zoonotic Diseases

The Nipah Virus…

Another Emerging Virus With a Very High Mortality Rate Originates from bats The Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus
A New and Better Way? Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine
Micro Musings

A New and Better Way? Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

Effective vaccinations for COVID-19 have been readily available in the United States for well over a year and a new
The Rising Resistance of Group B Strep and Group A Strep
Micro Musings

The Rising Resistance of Group B Strep and Group A Strep

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is the most common bacterial cause of pharyngitis, often referred to as strep throat. GAS can
Human Metapneumovirus
Micro Musings

Human Metapneumovirus

Another respiratory virus of concern. Common, yet underdiagnosed… Every year we anticipate the rounds of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza,
Lyme Disease: Why it’s so difficult to treat?
Zoonotic Diseases

Lyme Disease: Why it’s so difficult to treat?

Lyme disease is one of the most common types of tick-borne diseases (TBDs), yet many questions remain surrounding long-term treatment
What’s Behind the Baby Formula Shortage?
Food Safety, Micro Musings

What’s Behind the Baby Formula Shortage?

Many parents in the United States are reeling from the effects of an outbreak of Cronobacter sakazakii in powdered infant
Is Bird Flu Only For The Birds?
Zoonotic Diseases

Is Bird Flu Only For The Birds?

In December 2021, Canada reported the first case of the 2021-2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in North America.
Can this bacterium prevent weight gain and lower inflammation?
Micro Musings

Can this bacterium prevent weight gain and lower inflammation?

Miracle in the Mucin… Discovered in 2004, Akkermansia muciniphila is a relative newcomer to microbiology. Akkermansia was named for the microbial ecologist Antoon Akkermans, and muciniphila meaning
E. coli Used in the Fight Against Cancer
Micro Innovations, Micro Musings

E. coli Used in the Fight Against Cancer

Genetic engineering can help preserve endangered species Since 1978, Escherichia coli has been used in the development of synthetic “human” insulin (1).
Is Roundup Giving you a Pain in the Gut?
Micro Musings

Is Roundup Giving you a Pain in the Gut?

Glyphosate linked to microbial dysbiosis and intestinal disease Glyphosate-based herbicides may be to blame for the rise in cases of
New Drugs in the Fight Against COVID-19
Industry News, Micro Innovations, Micro Musings

New Drugs in the Fight Against COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its third year, new treatment options to combat the coronavirus disease are being authorized
Do you have bacteria living in your brain?
Micro Musings

Do you have bacteria living in your brain?

Is there a cranial microbiome? Can it be harmful? Over the decades, scientists have dedicated their entire careers to studying
Drug resistance on the rise… A Sinister Salmonella Strain
Micro Musings

Drug resistance on the rise… A Sinister Salmonella Strain

Salmonella Infantis Globally, Salmonella causes illness in 93.8 million people and causes approximately 155,000 deaths each year.(1) Within the United States alone, Salmonella is
SARS-CoV-2, Omicron is now dominant, but…Are More Variants Coming?
Micro Musings

SARS-CoV-2, Omicron is now dominant, but…Are More Variants Coming?

How dangerous are the BA.2 and BA.3 sub-variants compared to the Omicron BA.1 that we already know? South Africa has
Can our gut microbiome help to overcome Covid-19?
Micro Musings

Can our gut microbiome help to overcome Covid-19?

Probiotics found to assist in restoring normal immune function… COVID-19 disrupts normal bowel flora SARS-CoV-2 infection induces an aggressive inflammatory
Hardy Diagnostics is featured on Man. Marvels
Hardy Happenings

Hardy Diagnostics is featured on Man. Marvels

At Hardy Diagnostics, you will find a complete selection of laboratory and microbiology supplies for the clinical, industrial, and molecular
Sushi and Sashimi – Are They Safe to Consume?
Food Safety

Sushi and Sashimi – Are They Safe to Consume?

Sushi and sashimi are a complex meal to prepare and distribute due to the nature of multiple lightly prepared vegetables
INULIN – Do the many benefits outweigh the discomfort?
Micro Musings

INULIN – Do the many benefits outweigh the discomfort?

Do food labels tell the full story of what consumers are eating? In the U.S., many citizens may be unaware
Self-Destructing Mosquitoes: A new way to combat malaria and other mosquito vector diseases.
Micro Innovations, Zoonotic Diseases

Self-Destructing Mosquitoes: A new way to combat malaria and other mosquito vector diseases.

CRISPR technology used to control the fourth biggest infectious disease killer...
Aromatherapy Spray Found to be Deadly
Micro Musings

Aromatherapy Spray Found to be Deadly

Fatalities associated with imported product
Beware of Canine Campy!
Micro Musings

Beware of Canine Campy!

In the United States, Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of diarrhea, affecting 1.5 million U.S. residents every year.(1)
What’s all the hyphae about?: Sustainable fungi-based plastic alternatives
Micro Musings

What’s all the hyphae about?: Sustainable fungi-based plastic alternatives

Plastic is invaluable to the scientific community from Petri plates to syringes and almost everything in between. Scientific research alone
The Tick-Borne Powassan Virus
Zoonotic Diseases

The Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

More deadly than Lyme Disease… In 1958, a five-year-old boy from Powassan, Ontario, Canada presented to a children’s hospital complaining