Jason Tetro
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Jason Tetro has over 25 years as a microbiologist learning about the relationship we all have with germs. Today, he is a recognized expert in the media and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post Canada , CTV, CBC, Globe and Mail as well as his own “Germ Guy” blog.

In 2011 he was awarded an honorary PhD in Social Media from Social Media University, Global in recognition of his work to improve hand hygiene through social media using the hashtag #handhygiene, which has now been adopted by the World Health Organization.

In 2013, he released his first book, The Germ Code about our relationship with microbes and the need to find a way to love them. It quickly became a science bestseller and was shortlisted for Book of the Year Award by the Canadian Science Writers Association. You can order it at: http://amzn.to/10W3V3D.

Entries by Jason Tetro

A 1,000-Year-Old B.C. Remedy May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:56 PM

It's been nearly two years since the World Health Organization called the rise in antibiotic resistance a crisis. Since that time, public health officials have sought new answers to prepare for an uncertain future.

While the idea of making new and stronger antibiotics continues to explored, its...

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Why Bad Breath Is So Hard To Fight (And What You Can Do To Stop It)

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:40 AM

At one time or another, most of us have had bad breath. Usually, it's a short-term problem quickly mediated by a good brushing of the teeth and tongue, or popping a mint or stick of gum. But for some, the problem isn't easily fixed; the foul smell continues for weeks,...

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Cranberries For Children May Help Ward Off Urinary Troubles

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:42 AM

For many Canadians, no turkey dinner is complete without the addition of cranberry sauce. The tartness from the red berries offers a perfect complement to the rich meal. But beyond these special moments, cranberries have long been thought to be an excellent way to improve health, particularly in the urinary...

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The Link Between Vitamin D And Rheumatoid Arthritis

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the oldest ailments in human existence and for anyone suffering from this condition, the symptoms can be unbearable. At the microscopic level, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and as a result, aches. Unfortunately, there is no cure as the culprit behind the trouble...

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Heartburn Medications Are Bad For Good Bacteria

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:54 AM

If you are one of the over 6 million Canadians suffering from irregular heartburn or stomach ulcers, you're probably familiar with proton pump inhibitors, or PPI. These drugs, with names such as Nexium, Losec, and Prevacid, have been around for more than 25 years and for...

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A New Natural Barrier Against Influenza Virus

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 11:56 AM

As 2016 begins, the celebrations of the holidays are put behind us and we begin to look forward to the remaining months of the winter. Along with the trepidation of returning to work as well as keeping those resolutions, another fear will soon grip Canadians. The flu is coming back....

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Stressed During The Holidays? Fermented Milk May Help

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:14 PM

It's the middle of the holiday season and despite the promises of comfort and joy many Canadians will be dealing with a plethora of less than cheery emotions. It's quite well known the two weeks at the end of December and beginning of January can take a toll on our...

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Share Love, Not Infections This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 2:29 PM

With the holidays approaching, many people tend to slow down and focus on comfort, joy, and closeness with others. We may normally think of cozy situations involving family, food, and festivities. But for many across the globe, this time of the year signifies a different type of bonding in which...

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Bioactives - A Possible Alternative To Antibiotics In Agriculture

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Although antibiotic resistance has been known for 70 years, the alarm has only recently been sounded. The World Health Organization has led the charge to raise awareness and ensure the public understands the looming crisis of what is commonly known as the post-antibiotic era. In essence,...

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Foodborne Illness Is Still A Serious Issue In Canada And Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 12:19 PM

"It must have been something I ate."

It's a common phrase. At one time or another, many Canadians have said this when they experienced intestinal troubles. We're not sure exactly what caused the gurgles, nausea and diarrhea, but the end result is never pleasant.

Foodborne illness is a part...

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Give A Gift That Grows And Glows For The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:44 AM

As the Holidays approach, millions of Canadians will once again be sending out greeting cards across the world in the hopes of sharing glad tidings with friends and loved ones alike. Traditionally, a greeting card offers a single message to evoke an emotion that should last for the entire season....

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Simplicity May Turn Antibiotic Resistance Into Antimicrobial Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:00 PM

If you follow the news, you may have seen an increase in reports and stories on the use of antibiotics and the consequences of resistance. It's due to Antibiotic Awareness Week, an initiative originated and fostered by the World Health Organization. The seven-day campaign focuses on improving public...

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Meet Escherichia albertii, A Pathogen To Watch

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:27 PM

When it comes to foodborne illness, the most feared enemy has to be Escherichia coli, or as we all know it, E. coli. This bug has been causing troubles for decades leaving people with diarrhea and other complications. Some of the members of this microbial group, with names like

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There May Be A Social Reason For The 'Man Cold'

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:38 AM

It's about that time of year when those cold and flu viruses will be making yet another surge across the country. When they hit, we're certain to encounter a number of symptoms including sniffles, coughs, sore throat, and fever. For most of us, this will be just another moment where...

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Probiotics May Be The New Vaccines

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Probiotics have been getting quite a bit of attention of late. By definition, they are "live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host." This rather vague definition has led to a host of potential benefits ranging from better digestion to improved...

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'Frankenviruses' May Be the Medicines of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Around this time of year, Canadians begin to prepare for one of the spookiest nights on the calendar, Halloween. In addition to the usual traditions of Trick or Treat, costume parties, and pumpkin carving, we also take time to look back at some of the scarier stories in our fictional...

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Using Bacteria to Fight Disease May One Day Improve Oral Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 9:28 AM

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking event. We're helpless as these oral professionals examine our mouths looking for a variety of troubles. Cavities and gum disease are the usual suspects and have the most immediate impact in the form of fillings, surgeries and tooth extraction. But many...

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Let's Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: Talking About the Flu Shot

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:47 AM

This past weekend, Canadians across the country took a few moments to step away from the rush of work and school. They gathered with friends and family to celebrate the arrival of fall and bemoan the inevitable dread of winter. Amidst a variety of harvest choices, they ate and most...

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How Yeast Influences the Flavour of Your Wine

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 6:06 PM

You don't have to be a sommelier to know wines come in all different aromas and flavours. All you need to do is open up a few bottles from different regions of the world -or countries, like France, Italy, Spain and Canada. You will be greeted by a different nose...

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Indoor Plants Are Good for Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:36 PM

With summer coming to a close and the cooler temperatures beginning to infiltrate the Canadian climate, most of us will eschew the outdoor environment for the warmer climes of indoor air. But the warmth of the air is perhaps the only benefit to being inside.

Humans have a tendency...

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