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Can Probiotics Promote Good Mental Health?

Probiotics promote healthy levels of serotonin…the feel good neurotransmitter Opinions about food have long been a source of contention between
January 3, 2023 Comments are off
Howard Walter Florey, the first manufacturer of penicillin
Heroes of History, Micro Innovations, Micro Musings

Howard Florey: The Man Who Was First to Make Penicillin

Saving lives during WWII Howard Walter Florey was a famed pathologist and pharmacologist from Australia known for being one of
October 14, 2022 Comments are off
Candida Auris, the deadly yeast with increasing antimicrobial resistance
Industry News, Micro Musings

Candida auris – A Deadly Form of Yeast

Emerging hand in hand with the Pandemic… A new 2022 special report from the CDC is sounding the alarm that
September 30, 2022 Comments are off
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
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
Micro Musings

Human Metapneumovirus

Another respiratory virus of concern. Common, yet underdiagnosed… Every year we anticipate the rounds of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza,
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
A large and a small albino rat
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 fermentation units in a laboratory
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).
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
COVID-19 microbes
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
Diagram of the regions of the brain inside an X-Ray of a human skkull
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
Salmonella bacterium with a fork through it, symbolizing how many Salmonella infections occur from contaminated food
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
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
Bacteria forming part of the intestinal microbial flora
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
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
Micro Musings

Aromatherapy Spray Found to be Deadly

Fatalities associated with imported product
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)
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
Micro Musings

Can you control Rheumatoid Arthritis by diet and gut microbes?

The discovery of a cause, as well as treatment, for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may involve our commensal gut bacteria. Millions
Micro Musings

What happens to your skin microbiome after a day at the beach?

Ocean bacteria and viruses take up residence, but for a limited amount of time. As an individual initiates their first
Micro Innovations, Micro Musings

The Novavax protein antigen vaccine

Is a New and Better Vaccine Coming Soon? A new player in the field of COVID vaccines could be arriving
Micro Musings

Unmasking the Facts in a Post-Pandemic World

Is there a correlation between the end of mask mandates and the rise in cases of the common cold and
Micro Musings, Zoonotic Diseases

Is there a simple and inexpensive treatment for Ebola?

Antidepressants may be our best bet in treating Ebola The 2013 to 2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa made global