Germs

How Pine Trees Can Make Water Pristine

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMore types of plants -- pine isn't universal -- should be tested for their effectiveness and a list of potential water filtration trees to be sought out and cultivated should be formed. If that comes to pass, then a new boom of tree planting may begin.

Could the Right Germs Make You Live Forever?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's an age-old search: the secret to eternal youth. For centuries, the dream of a single factor that may increase our lifespan has been at the forefront of many legends, excursions, and of course, advertising campaigns. The answer, however, may lie not in water, food or lifestyle, but in our relationship with germs.

How Long Can Germs Live On Surfaces?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Prior research has already concluded that two common bacteria that cause colds, ear infections, and strep throat don't often live for long outside the...

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.

Viruses Are Perfect Gift Wrappers

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

In the microbial world, gift wrapping -- better known as cellular packaging -- is also considered to be an art. All germs perform some aspects of packaging but the masters are without a doubt the viruses. Viruses are unique from all other germs in that they don't start to thrive until they have entered a host cell.

Probiotics May Improve Symptoms of Autism

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A collaboration of over 20 American researchers found a possible answer although at first glance, it seemed ludicrous. The team looked at the bacteria in the gut of both normal and autistic children in the hopes of identifying any changes. Indeed, there were.

Good Germs May Help Fight This Deadly Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While the overall success of chemotherapy is rising, the challenge of the double-edged sword with respect to the immune system has led scientists to wonder if the side effects can be resolved by good germs. Last week, the answer was revealed -- at least in mice. ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

Why Germs Are Better Environmentalists Than You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While we only recycle a quarter of our human-made waste, germs recycle almost everything cellular. This week, a group of researchers from different corners of the globe discovered that bacteria can even recycle genetic material (DNA), making them the ultimate environmental champions.

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holiday Party Season

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Stay home when you are sick. It's the right thing to do for everyone, including you, because when your immunity is low you can pick up other germs more easily... yuck. Steep some tea, pour a bowl of soup, crank up the vitamins and rest, allowing your body to heal. Don't let stress undermine a quick recovery and try and enjoy your forced time out.

Meet the Germs That Infect Your Water

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe incidence of waterborne infections from the home water supply is rare but this trend of infection due to biofilm formation in the plumbing is showing up not only in the home but also in our travels and in our healthcare leaving many either infected or worse.

How Germs Can Get Into Your Fat and Make You Miserable

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Why Your Gut Will Thank You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

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Lice. Not Nice.

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Nobody ever tells you about lice. Seriously, though, there should be a handbook that they give you when your child goes into any kind of childcare or school facility warning you of the perils you will face as a parent. Then, at least, you will be fully educated and may actually decide that the person homeschooling their child on your street may just actually have the right idea. Kids are gross.

Your Smartphone Could Help Fight Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Through the use of a common smartphone, we may be even closer to germs than ever, with the ability to not only see them, but also help researchers and medical professionals with applications ranging from disease diagnostics to helping in the fight against global health threats such as malaria.

How Germs Make Electricity From Human Waste

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgWith an increase in population and the continuing threat of the end of the fossil fuel era, researchers have looked in other directions to help keep the lights on. In particular, one incredibly abundant resource on the planet, dead organic material collectively known as biomass has been identified as the future or renewable energy.

GROSS: Is Your Phone Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living

British watchdog Which? claims that your smartphones, keyboards, and tablets are more contaminated with germs than a public toilet seat. Lunch at your...

Back to School: Keep Your Kids Safe From Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgAccording to some advertisements, back to school is the most wonderful time of the year. But for many parents, the dawn of the school year can also mark a much less joyous time, filled with sniffles, coughs, and diarrhea.

Germs That Could Save Your Sight

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThere will never be a time when we are not at risk from one of the long list of microbial threats. However, we are learning how to work with good germs, such as Lactobacillus, Bdellovibrio, and Micavibrio, as allies in the fight. These small defenders deserve our attention and respect.

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone. While there continues to be an attitude of resignation amongst many, there may be some ways to prevent hair loss and perhaps even return hair to a more normal, if not lustrous state.

How Germs Could Help Us Live on Mars

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg We are closer than ever to knowing just how to turn the inhospitable Red Planet into one that could someday be our second home. Not surprisingly, germs will play a significant role.

Breast Milk: Fights Off Infection While Feeding Babies

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg This week, a team from The University of Western Australia published a paper that revealed how breast milk is not only a great source of nutrition, but also may help to fight off infections. But while breastfeeding continues to gain scientific backing, this does not mean that it is the only choice.

Swimming Can Be Infectious - How to Stay Healthy

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Of all the places to which sun seekers migrate, none is as popular as the beach or swimming pool. For many, there is nothing quite like becoming one with the water. Unfortunately, the escape comes with its own challenges, namely that of infections.

Take Two Antibiotics and Call Your Back Doctor in the Morning

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Medical professionals may soon have one more weapon in their arsenal against chronic lower back pain. In 2008, a team out of the University of Southern Denmark treated a small group of lower back pain sufferers with antibiotics. Over 60% of the patients showed improvement in their condition.

How Germs Can Keep Your Motor Runing

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe use of germs to produce biofuels has been in exploration since the mid-1990s, but finding the right organisms is a difficult task. The horse rumen has a vast array of environmental bacteria and ...something else. Could this be the treasure trove scientists are looking for?

Meet the New Strain of Flu: H7N9

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMuch like any new offering from Stephen King, which requires time to determine its place in his legacy, the new H7N9 flu requires more than just a few weeks to determine its place in the historical records of infectious disease.