Jason Tetro
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

How Microbes Add Misery to Chronic Sinus Issues

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 10:28 PM

It's a scourge comprised of sniffles, soreness, and snot. Sinusitis affects every one of us at some time during our lives and for the most part, we suffer the symptoms until they eventually subside. But for 5 per cent of Canadians, the troubles seem to go on without...

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DNA May Be the Hard Drive of the Future

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Last week, a story appeared that seemed to come out of the pages of a science fiction novel. A team of researchers in Switzerland developed a new way to store digital data. Instead of hard drives, chips, or crystals, they used the genetic material found in all living...

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Eating Local Can Help Avoid This Parasite

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 10:31 PM

This past week, another microbial outbreak made the Canadian headlines. This time, the cause was a parasite with a name that sounds like a comic book supervillain, Cyclospora. It's officially known as a protozoan and in the last few months, caused 83 cases with a few requiring hospitalization.

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How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 10:31 PM

Obesity has been a rising problem for decades. In Canada, 25 per cent of adults and one in ten children are clinically defined as suffering from this chronic condition.

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery....

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We Now Know the Reasons Behind "Fearbola"

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 12:31 PM

It's been less than a year since the dreaded Ebola virus appeared on North American soil. In a matter of a few weeks, the virus went from being someone else's problem to a homeland threat. In the process, media headlines captured the attention of millions and struck fear into most...

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You Won't Believe Where Researchers Found Lyme Disease

(10) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 8:32 PM

The rise of Lyme disease has been in a word, dramatic. In just a few years, the illness has gone from obscurity to a national public health concern. The condition has gained even more attention as it has struck celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, and Ashley...

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How Fish Oil Can Be Sourced From Weeds

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 11:50 PM

Long before the health movement became popular, fish oil was recognized as a healthy part of a nutritious diet. The actual benefit didn't really become known until the 1970s when ingestion of these oils apparently led to better cardiovascular health. Within a few decades, the oil...

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This Bacterium May Improve Food Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 9:41 PM

There's nothing worse than discovering rotten food. The once pristine source of nourishment has transformed into a stinking, discoloured shell of its former self and is relegated to the trash bin or the organic recycling container. For most of us, this phenomenon simply means a trip back to the grocery...

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Visiting A Hospital? Clean Your Hands!

(2) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 10:29 PM

When you walk into a hospital or healthcare facility, you can't help but notice how the environment has changed over the years. In the last decade, the industry responsible for our health has taken great strides to improve hygiene. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere, certain rooms are marked with a...

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Celebrating Beer, a True Microbial Tradition

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:39 PM

This week is special for Canada and the United States. It's our birthdays and as always, we are ready to celebrate!

One of the most important activities behind the festivities of July 1st and 4th is reflection. Both countries have gone through many changes over the last 148 and 239...

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How The Bacteria Up Your Nose Affects Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 9:04 PM

At one time or another, we all encounter the frustration of a runny nose. The infiltration of a virus into our nasal passages can lead to days if not weeks of drips, sniffles and sneezes. The cause is usually microbial, such as a virus like the common cold. All we...

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Is it Time to Re-Examine the Safety of Our Drinking Water?

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 10:55 PM

In many areas of Canada, like Ontario, the levels of potentially pathogenic microbes can flourish and overwhelm our water treatment system leading to boil water orders or worse, outbreaks. These moments are thankfully rare thanks in part to the addition of a particular chemical, chlorine.

Chlorine is a...

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How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It's painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria.

There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek. The number of actual...

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Bioconcrete May Be The Future of Construction

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 9:25 PM

No matter where you are in Canada, you're most likely going to come across a building made with concrete. It's been an integral part of infrastructure for decades. The formulations have changed over the years but most modern mixtures contain rocks, sand, limestone and clay. The end product is touted...

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This Natural Chemical May Replace Triclosan and Improve Oral Health

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 8:03 AM

The quest for healthier teeth and gums seems to be endless and chemistry has come a long way to improve our oral health. Fluoride and sodium bicarbonate -- baking soda -- are the gold standards but they can only do so much. Other ingredients have since found their way into...

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Coffee May Be the Future of Mosquito Control

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:59 AM

For many people, coffee is the perfect way to start the day, end a meal, or help to recover after a long weekend. But while humans may tend to love the bitter flavour -- usually with some cream and sugar -- some insects find it toxic.

One of these...

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The Zombie Apocalypse Is Real! For Microbes at Least

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 11:09 PM

We do our best to be ready for any possible threat to our survival. None has put more fear in our hearts and resolve in our actions than zombies. These lurking undead creatures have captivated us and forced us to prepare for an apocalypse. Scientific reviews have revealed...

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Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day Is Good for Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:25 AM

It's hard to believe but most infectious diseases are perfectly preventable. A few simple actions can keep us safe from the collection of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and worms. We've known about them for over a century. Disinfection keeps our environment clean. Social distancing allows us to stay clear...

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The Fecal Bacterium You'll Learn to Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 10:54 PM

We tend to disregard feces as an inevitable part of our normal daily existence. We feel the push, head to the toilet, conduct our business and eventually send the smelly stuff into the sewers. But within that mass of waste is a species of bacteria that may one day be...

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Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 11:33 PM

No one wants to grow old but time is always against us. The outward signs of aging are bad enough, but what happens on the inside is even more frustrating. As the years pass by, a number of changes happen including a weakened immune system and the onset of what...

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