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Rust Doesn't Give You Tetanus

25 Oct 2018

Ever step on a rusty nail? It was, in all likelihood, rapidly followed by your parents dragging you to the doctor’s office for a painful (but safe!) tetanus shot. The memory of my first tetanus...

Can previously frozen, thawed, and cooked food be refrozen?

16 Aug 2018

Most foods previously frozen, thawed and then cooked can be refrozen as long as they have not been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours. Remember that freezing does not kill bacteria...

Good Bacteria to Prevent the Flu? Interpreting the Data Is Messy

24 May 2018

“We have a ton of studies that have shown that eating [Danone’s DanActive yogurt with L. casei probiotics] at a dose of about two containers per day can actually decrease your incidence and...

Alcohol in mouthwashes doesn’t actually kill bacteria

3 May 2018

It’s common knowledge that alcohol can kill bacteria (it’s commonly used as a disinfectant), so it makes sense that the alcohol in mouthwashes is added specifically to kill the bacteria that give...

From Farm to Pharmacy: Wading Through the Muddied Waters of Antibiotic Resistance

20 Feb 2018

One of the mandates of our Office is to foster students’ skills in communicating science. We encourage students to submit articles and we publish the ones that we consider to be well written. These...

Should we be Anti all Anti-Microbial Products?

8 Feb 2018

We received a question about antibacterial soaps, namely why should or shouldn’t we be using them? And if we’re supposed to avoid antibacterial soap, why is Purell, an antimicrobial agent, allowed?

Eels and humans have something in common - they're both ELECTRIC!

1 Feb 2018

You’ve probably heard of electric eels but did you know that there are electric bacteria? Or that humans also use electricity physiologically?

Bacteria On Your Body: Not Just Inactive Hitchhikers

27 Nov 2017

We share our body with bacteria. They live in our mouth, on our skin and mostly in our digestive tract. There are up to a thousand different varieties, and their total number, some 100 trillion, is...

Sweetened Condensed Milk Was Popularized By Soldiers

22 Nov 2017

Gail Borden Jr first condensed milk in 1853 in an attempt to create a milk product that was shelf stable. He opened 2 factories to produce his product, but both ultimately failed, and it wasn’t...

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