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Can You Get a UTI From Eating Chicken?
Food Safety

Can You Get a UTI From Eating Chicken?

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are considered to be one of the most common bacterial infections worldwide.(1) The most common uropathogen
January 30, 2023 Comments are off
Acid Inhibitors Found to Stimulate C. diff Infections
Industry News, Uncategorized

Acid Inhibitors Found to Stimulate C. diff Infections

Clostridioides difficile (formerly named Clostridium difficile, and widely known as C. diff) is a Gram-positive, spore-forming, obligate anaerobe that causes life-threatening diarrhea in people
January 20, 2023 Comments are off
Can Probiotics Promote Good Mental Health?
Micro Musings

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
Will Next Generation Sequencing Replace Culturing?
Industry News

Will Next Generation Sequencing Replace Culturing?

With more than 1,000 potential microbes known to cause human disease, the differential diagnosis of pathogens can be complex and
December 6, 2022 Comments are off
Predictions for this Winter…A One-Two Punch?
Industry News

Predictions for this Winter…A One-Two Punch?

Two years ago, there was virtually no flu season due to COVID-19 isolation. In addition, experts predict another COVID-19 surge
12 Days of Christmas Culture Contest
Hardy Happenings

12 Days of Christmas Culture Contest

Tis the season! Thanksgiving is behind us and the air is filled with holiday cheer, fresh baked goodies, and of
How to Prepare the Perfect Gram Stain [2023]
Learning in the Lab

How to Prepare the Perfect Gram Stain [2023]

If you are familiar with microbiology, then you are probably aware of the fact that the Gram stain is one
Sterile Mosquitos Used to Limit Viral Disease
Micro Innovations, Zoonotic Diseases

Sterile Mosquitos Used to Limit Viral Disease

Aedes aegypti poses a significant threat as they vector diseases including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue fever. There are growing concerns
Howard Florey: The Man Who Was First to Make 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 – A Deadly Form of Yeast
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
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