Month: January 2020

Halitosis

Halitosis

Jan 21st – Many people believe that bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by gas rising up from the stomach – particularly after eating onions or spicy foods. In fact, most cases are caused by microbes such as Porphyromonas gingivalis! Between three and four hundred types of microbes typically call the human mouth home. Most …

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Amoeba Proteus

Amoeba Proteus

Jan 18th – Amoeba proteus, alternatively is an amoeba or single called organism. This small protozoan uses tentacular protuberances called pseudopodia to move and phagocytose smaller unicellular organisms, which are then enveloped inside the cell’s cytoplasm in a food vacuole, where they are slowly broken down by enzymes. Amoeba proteus is very well known for …

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Trichophyton Mentagrophytes (Athlete’s Foot)

Trichophyton Mentagrophytes (Athlete’s Foot)

Jan 15th – In ancient times, athlete’s foot was attributed to insect bites. (In medical Latin it’s called tinea pedis, or foot larvae.) However, in the 19th century a team of scientists discovered that microorganisms were responsible! Although a variety of fungi can cause foot rashes, Trichophyton mentagrophytes cause the itchy, cracked skin typically found between …

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Klebsiella

Klebsiella Bacteria

Jan 14th – Klebsiella is a type of Gram-negative bacteria that can cause different types of healthcare-associated infections, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis. Increasingly, Klebsiella bacteria have developed antimicrobial resistance, most recently to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems. These bacteria are normally found in the human intestines …

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