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Is There Mold in Your Coffee?

To most people, the idea of guzzling down a dark-colored beverage, only to see an insect or piece of nondescript grime at the bottom of the cup, is pretty horrifying. But is this notion better or worse than the idea of drinking a dark-colored beverage overrun with gunk that you can’t see? Here’s the bad

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Fungal Disease Awareness Week: Think Fungus

Mark your calendars, this year’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week runs from September 23rd to September 27th. Since 2017, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside a few days each year to raise awareness about fungal infections. Their main goal is to inform healthcare workers and patients about just how dangerous fungus-related illnesses can

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Is Your Patient’s Environment Making Them Sick?

Sometimes, people joke that they’re “sick” of where they live—it’s a figurative way of saying that they need a vacation, or at least a change to their regular routine. But what if one of your patients came to you and said that their home is actually, literally making them feel physically unwell? Mold is not

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Warning Signs of Mold After Flooding

As the rate of hurricanes and severe thunderstorms increases, so does the threat of flooding. Unfortunately, once the water and debris from a flood have been cleared, there’s often another danger afoot: mold.  Despite their tiny size, mold spores can wreak havoc on the human body when they’re inhaled or consumed. Dealing with a flood

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Candida Auris: An Emerging Threat to Weak Immune Systems

Candida Auris: An Emerging Threat to Weak Immune Systems Candida auris is a type of toxic yeast that was first observed in Japan in 2009. Over the last 10 years, this “superbug” has been found in over 30 countries, including the United States. And it is most commonly spread by direct contact with either an infected

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What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Are you constantly tired, no matter how much sleep you manage to get at night? Do physical and mental workouts leave you worn out for days at a time? Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains that never seem to go away? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may be

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What Is Lyme Disease?

Summertime is peak Lyme Disease season, and even though this malady is much more common in the northeastern United States than it is in the south, we Texans definitely aren’t immune to the disease. Here’s our quick guide to a surprisingly common, frequently underestimated tick borne illness:  Lyme Disease and Ticks Lyme Disease is an

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Hurricanes and Black Mold

Hurricanes typically occur in wet and humid areas and cause flooding making your home vulnerable to mold.   Black Mold, in particular, is a major issue in the aftermath of a flood since it can initially be difficult to detect and the effects last long after the flood water has been removed.  Black Mold typically refers

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What are Mycotoxins?

Most consumers are unaware of the exposure to toxic molds infested in their homes, office or schools. But most of the time, these microorganisms are difficult to detect because their development is not visible macroscopically and their detection requires a specific mycological analysis. Unfortunately, some types of mold can cause damage to the human body,

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