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June, 2010

Micro Musings…

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Charlene, I just got a nine page memo about the lab going paperless.

Hardy Announces…

Selective Media
for Acinetobacter


Acinetobacter baumannii

Hardy Diagnostics has released two new plates for Acinetobacter.  One that is selective for Acinetobacter and one that selects for Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter.

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Poster showing 100% sensitivity

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Article on A. baumannii



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Hardy’s Rapid ID…

Candida glabrata

in as little as
one hour!

GlabrataQick 2

  • Results in 1 to 2 hours!
  • Has control wells for maltose and sucrose.
  • Perfect companion product to  the HardyCHROM Candida plate.
  • C. glabrata is the second most commonly isolated species of Candida.

A proven favorite:

Latex agglutination kit
for Strep typing


Fast, Reliable, Easy to Read

The Hardy StrepPRO will quickly identify Strep Groups A, B, C, D, F, and G by latex agglutination.

Available as individual components or as a kit.

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Think about it…
The Thinker
  • When sign makers go on strike, is there anything written on their signs?
  • Before the light bulb was invented, what appeared over peoples heads when they had an idea?
  • If you spin an Oriental person around and around, does he become disorientated?
  • If a vegetable goes into a coma, is it called a person?
  • I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals, I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.

Foot in Mouth Disease
Quotes they

wish you’d forget…

. Lord Kelvin

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

Lord Kelvin, President Royal Society, developed the first and second laws of thermodynamics and the concept of absolute zero temperature.


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Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Hardy is celebrating it’s 30th year of serving microbiologists!
  • Manufactures over 3,000 products for microbiology for you to choose from.
  • Stocks over 12,000 laboratory products to increase your selection of items.
  • Maintains six distribution centers in the U.S. for faster turn around time to your lab.
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  • Offers you its technical manual, HUGO , which contains over 4,500 pages of information regarding microbiology.
  • Maintains a worldwide network of over 30 distributors.
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Advice from the Founders…

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“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own
reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

– George Washington

the first president of the United States and the “Father of Our Country”.

What is the “Hygiene Hypothesis”? . Mud Boy

How can playing in the dirt
keep you healthy?

Over 900 new cases in California…

Pertussis .

An epidemic has been declared in California as the number of pertussis cases (whooping cough) continues to climb. So far this year, there have been 910 confirmed cases with 600 more that are under investigation. Five deaths have been reported. This could turn out to be the worst pertussis epidemic in California in 50 years. Those hit the hardest are the children of Hispanic farm workers. California is one of only eleven states that do not require the CDC recommended Tdap booster injections amongst middle school aged children (only 47% currently have received the booster). Add that to the persistent fear that vaccinations cause autism and the conditions become ripe for a full blown epidemic. Here are some facts about pertussis:
  • Caused by the gram negative rod, Bordetella pertussis.
  • Highly contagious and can cause serious illness (including pneumonia and convulsions) or fatalities in infants.
  • Can be asymptomatic in older persons, who can unknowingly infect the younger population.
  • Occurrence is seasonal; incidence peaks in July and August; also peaks every three to five years.
  • Immunity from vaccination is not 100% effective and wanes in about five years, hence the need for boosters.
  • In 2008, there were 13,000 cases in the US with 18 fatalities.
  • The disease gets its name from the whooping sound when the patient gasps for breath. You can hear the whooping sounds on the Utah epidemiology website.
  • For treatment, the macrolides are the drug of choice; which includes erythromycin, clarithromycin, and azithromycin (only azithromycin is recommended for infants less than one month of age). Alternatively, SXT can be used for those over two months of age. The CDC publishes guidelines for treatment.
  • Laboratory diagnosis is made by isolation of B. pertussis on Regan-Lowe culture media from a nasopharygeal specimen. PCR methods are also available.

Regan Lowe

Pearlescent gray colonies of Bordetella pertussis growing on Hardy Diagnostics Regan-Lowe Agar .

Seeing is Believing?


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f boy 2

In which of these two photos does the
man appear to be thinner?

Look closer and you will realize that the photos are identical, only reversed vertically.

Now the question is…If you are overweight, how can you get yourself to appear to be upside down to others?


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”


HardyCHROM Carbapenemase


Hardy’s new chromogenic media quickly screens for organisms such as E. coli and Klebsiella that are  resistant to drugs such as imipenem.

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Wisdom to ponder…

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Anne Frank
A 15 year old victim of the Nazi death camps. Below are excerpts from her famous diary.
1929 ~ 1945

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are
really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.”

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

“Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?”


. Rubin 6-10

You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here for a daily Rubes cartoon.

Warning: Pun
Zone Ahead

.. cannibal

  • When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
  • The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

  • A backward poet writes inverse.

  • In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

Signs of the times…

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