Entries by Jason Tetro from 06/2012

Staying Germ-Free at the Office Takes More Than Washing Hands

| Posted 06.04.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A recent microbiology study of the office has gone further than any other and provided a path for the improvement of the quality of life in the office environment. The team swabbed offices in three major American cities and found the usual suspects -- fecal bacteria, skin bacteria -- but also identified 500 other types of microbes...

Banning Plastic Bags Carries Germy Consequence

| Posted 06.08.2012 | Canada Business

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The decision by the City of Toronto to ban the distribution of plastic bags may be considered by some to be a victory and others a tragedy. However, for Toronto Public Health, this move may end up being a nightmare.

Bieber Fever: The Scariest Infectious Disease Of All

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Last week, the analysis of this incredibly chilling illness made headlines worldwide. To better appreciate the potential impact of Ebola and other infectious diseases, such as SARS, HIV, and pandemic flu, a University of Ottawa researcher has taken a look at a much more devious disease, which continues to spread worldwide with apparently no end in sight. Bieber Fever.

The Hyperbole That Caused Global H5N1 Hysteria

| Posted 06.22.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg It all started back in September of 2011 when Dr. Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center gave a talk in Malta on his experiments with H5N1. A few out of context statements later, the world was facing a panic about a "doomsday pandemic" that didn't exist. Today the article that caused so much panic and dismay has been published and the world now has a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

How Germs Control Your Brain

| Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The focus on the mental effects of germs didn't really take hold until the 1980s when HIV patients were beginning to exhibit signs of dementia. This opened up a widespread hunt for other germs that might have deleterious effects on our brain function. What has been found is quite honestly amazing.

Why I Love Canada: We Are Leaders in Health

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png Canada may be better known in the world for hockey and maple syrup but one of the greatest contributions Canada has made to the world is improvement of local and global health. This list epitomizes Canada's role in improving the health of not only Canadians, but also of the world's population.