The Reality of Food Fraud: Adulteration

With today’s global connectiveness, when food trends quickly explode, millions of companies are able to capitalize on them. Sometimes it’s easy to integrate these innovations, because the trendy item is abundant and readily available. But some things, like rare or exotic ‘super ingredients,’ can be a logistical nightmare to incorporate, requiring suppliers to be able to produce enough product for a global population; sometimes this can lead to food adulteration, which is not only deceptive, but may also be harmful to the consumer.

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Sifting through the Dirt: Latest Discoveries in Today’s Headlines

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Croatia recently published its paper announcing the isolation and discovery of a new species of bacteria that inhibits the growth of ‘superbugs.’ The work isolated bacteria within the Streptomyces genus that thrives in alkaline (highly basic) environments (Terra et al, 2018). This genus is attributed with producing many of the antibiotics that we currently use today, and thus researchers think that there is a treasure trove of more antibiotics within different subspecies. Streptomyces sp. myrophorea, isolate McG1 was isolated from a soil sample in Ireland and was shown to be both extremely tolerant of alkaline environments and able to flourish after exposure to high doses of radiation.

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Antidepressants Are Now Linked to Antibiotic Resistance

It seems like everyone knows that antibiotic resistance is the next big thing, and researchers from around the globe are looking to find its causes. Now, it’s time to add antidepressants to the list. This latest research is from the same group in Queensland that showed the link between triclosan use and antibiotic resistance. Led by Dr. Guo of the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) at the University of Queensland, the researchers looked into fluoxetine, which is marketed commercially as Prozac. The study was published in the most recent edition of Environmental International.


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Viruses are travelling in groups now! What that means for us.

A recent study from researchers at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recently identified that rotavirus, one of the most common childhood viral infections, travel in clumps causing more severe infections than a solo virus. Typically associated with GI issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea, the researchers found that mice with these viruses shed the viruses in clusters in their feces. It was already known that the virus was shed in stool, but the vesicles add a new spin on our understanding.


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Highly Qualified Toxic Culture Syndrome

The last time you were presented with a new idea, did you take the time to listen? Did you disarm them with a smile, or corner them with negativity? Were you Positive? Embracing? Objective? Or were you negative? Dismissive? Did you provide valuable feedback to improve on the idea presented? Were you honest?


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Infection Prevention In Challenging Environments

In non-hospital settings, health care professionals face the challenge of a constantly evolving environment.  The specialists at Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders are deployed to areas where clinics and hospitals are not available, or unable to accommodate the needs of the community. In this article, two front line workers discuss some of the bigger challenges they face in these situations.



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