Entries by Jason Tetro from 07/2012

What the Germs in Your Bellybutton Say About You

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg About 18 months ago, a researcher in the laboratory of a North Carolina State University professor came up with an idea to explore the ecology and evolution of daily life and wanted to find a spot on the body that would be exemplify that. Turns out, it's the bellybutton! The tiny anatomical vestibule was actually a museum of lifetime experiences.

The Household Item That Could Have Cystic Fibrosis Patients Breathing Easy

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For people living with cystic fibrosis, breathing can be a significant cause of stress. Earlier this week, a group published a paper highlighting how infection in CF patients may be prevented and possibly treated with a multifunctional chemical known as sodium bicarbonate. Most people tend to call that baking soda.

New York I Love You, But You're Making Me Sick

| Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A social event in New York is something that cannot be missed. But it's also the perfect setting to share germs. The centuries of hard work to lessen the impact of germs on human health has worked so well that hygiene itself has been overtaken by other more social concerns, such as a loss of career objectives or the potential for a red carpet photo shoot.

2012 Olympics: Let the Germs Begin

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Canada Living

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe Games represent a unique opportunity for the world to share its germs and for public health officials to find a way to stem the tide of infection. The fear of germs has recently been raised to a level not seen since the days of SARS or the pandemic flu. It's now a matter of time to see whether the fears will be realized or fade away as the athletic achievements take over.