Robert Herriman

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More and more people have subscribed to David Stractan’s theory known as the hygiene hypothesis, and now a small but growing number of people suffering from certain illnesses have taken hold of helminthic...

Walking pneumonia is a very common type of respiratory illness, with an estimated 2 million cases annually in the United States, caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae. The mycoplasmas are the smallest known...

The Gram stain: even many lay people have heard of this basic but incredibly important test that serves an integral role in the microbiology laboratory. Here I would like to give a brief overview over...

Last week, a media report said that the government of Kenya has issued warnings about a possible outbreak of aflatoxin in contaminated maize. Aflatoxin is a potent toxin and a very serious health issue...

Though this horribly disabling disease is virtually unknown to many Americans, trachoma is responsible for an estimated 7-8 million cases of permanent blindness particularly in the Middle East and Africa. The...

Since the research published last week about this lethal strain of fungus in PLoS Pathogens last week, there has been a plethora of media attention concerning the yeast, Cryptococcus gattii. Here I’d...

A Subway sandwich restaurant in Lombard, Illinois that was temporarily closed by health officials a few weeks ago has been the source of a Shigella outbreak which has afflicted at least 116 people. Of...

In a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release yesterday, the agency is recommending that health care provider temporarily suspend the use of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization due to...

During the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, scientists from SRI International discussed the development of a simple, inexpensive 3 in 1 test to diagnose three related parasitic...

According to Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, Department of Health Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) director, has warned citizens of the northern region about how the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever has...