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Do you perform colony counts in your lab? Then you will want to try out the new Compact Dry. What’s so special about Compact Dry?
Watch this short video and find out!
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No matter what industry you may be in, Hardy has a mini catalog that contains the microbiology products that are needed in your lab.
- Food and Beverage
- Anaerobic Microbiology
- Susceptibility Testing
- Control Organisms
- Dehydrated Culture Media
- And more…
View a complete list and download the PDF version.
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Brainteasers goes to
Hollywood this month.
How well do you know the oldies?
What’s more fun…the game or the commercials?
is what is considered by Yahoo to the be the best Superbowl commercial of all time…
Making life easier
for the microbiologist…
Hardy’s CarboFerm offers a quick and reliable way to identify Neisseria and Moraxella species in just 2 to 4 hours!
this short video and find out how easy it is!
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W hy should you be interested in Hardy’s CRITERION dehydrated culture media?
- With a wide mouth opening for ease of using a scoop, no shaking and dust formation results.
- All commonly used formulas are available in four different sizes, including a 2L pre-weighed mylar pouch.
- Hardy ships anywhere in the world.
- Products are competitively priced. Price quotes welcome.
- Quality is continually tested in Hardy’s 3,500 prepared media products.
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Hardy offers a complete selection of QC organisms in many formats from MBL.
You can order organisms in the pellet form or in the swab format.
Also available are organisms that are bundled together for the QC of commonly used systems, like the Vitek, Biolog, Phoenix, API, Sensititer, or Microscan.
Here’s how we can help…
That’s how many distribution centers Hardy Diagnostics maintains to serve you.
to watch a short video describing our distribution network that delivers fast and reliable service to your lab! Click here
to find out which one services your home town.
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Think about it…
* If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?
* If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
* Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
* Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
* If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
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Wisdom to ponder…
(Paul David Hewson)
Irish lead singer and songwriter for the band U2, philanthropist, business man, and venture capitalist. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and noted for his philanthropy work in Africa.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
“Music fills in for words a lot of the time when people don’t know what to say, and I think music can be more eloquent than words.”
“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”
“You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong.”
“The less you know, the more you believe.”
“Celebrity is ridiculous and silly and it’s mad that people like me are listened to – you know, rap stars and movie stars.”
“God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. I love that.”
“Music keeps the heart porous in many ways.”
“I truly believe that when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for three things: the war on terror, the digital revolution, and what we did – or did not do – to put the fire out in Africa. History, like God, is watching what we do.”
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Watch flu viruses attack and multiply
Watch this clever video created for NPR by medical animator, David Bolinsky. In this short video, he shows how a flu virus attaches to a mucosal cell, takes command of the cells replication machinery, and produces a multitude of dastardly progeny.
A trip to The Magic Kingdom, otherwise known as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” may get you more than you bargained for. A measles outbreak has been reported in recent weeks at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks. The outbreak has expanded to at least 59 confirmed cases of the disease in patients ranging from seven months to 70 years of age. Of the 59 cases, 42 had visited one of the California Disney parks since mid-December to early January. Since Disney attracts visitors from far and wide, the disease has now spread to Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Mexico.
California state officials have confirmed vaccination status for 34 of these cases: 28 had never been vaccinated, one was partially vaccinated, and five were fully vaccinated. Of the 28 unvaccinated, six were too young since the first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine begins at 12 to 15 months of age. The second dose is given between the ages of four and six.
Prior to 1991, only one dose was given, but it is believed the second dose provides increased immunity. Persons born before 1957 are considered immune since measles was so widespread before introduction of the vaccine, but the age distribution of these most recent cases appears to show otherwise. If you are uncertain of your vaccination status or if you plan on visiting public places like theme parks, airports, or international travel, getting immunized to protect your health is encouraged.
Measles is a completely preventable disease and it has been eliminated in the U.S. since 2000. The vaccine has been in use since 1963; however, measles still exists in other areas of the world, and travelers can still spread the disease.
Persons infected with the virus can be infectious for nine days. Symptoms typically include: high fever, cough, runny nose, red (pink) eyes and, within a few days, a rash appears on the neck and face and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles is airborne and highly infectious; it can spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes often before the person realizes they are sick. Viral particles in these droplets can remain viable in the air and on environmental surfaces for up to two hours.
In recent years, it has become popular in some pockets of the U.S. population, especially in California, to delay or avoid vaccinating children using the “personal belief exemption.” The consequence of this is an increased risk of outbreaks. As a result, California instituted a new state law beginning in the 2014-2015 school season that required parents who opt out to meet with a care provider to discuss vaccines and preventable illness. Unvaccinated children are vulnerable to infection by highly communicable diseases, and they pose a threat to themselves and the greater population. As a result of the new state law, California opt out rates began to decline this year.
Measles is not a trivial illness. There can be serious and devastating health consequences, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. From 1989-1991, a measles outbreak ravaged California and other states in the U.S., resulting in 17,000 cases and 70 deaths. In addition, the disease has made a comeback in recent years due to a large increase in cases abroad. In 2014, there were over 600 cases of the disease in the U.S., mostly in pockets of unvaccinated children. The change in the vaccine opt out rate may be too late to make a difference this year, but it’s hopeful the silver lining from this most recent outbreak may be an eye-opener to the benefits of vaccination.
by Kerry Pierce, MS, RM(NRCM)
Keeping up with the flu epidemic…
Hardy’s TransPRO CVM can be used to collect and transport specimens for Chlamydia, Viruses, and Mycoplasma. The system is rated to keep organisms alive for up to 48 hours at room temperature. Utilizes the latest flocked swab technology for better absorption and elution.
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Just the way you want it…
Disposable sterile loops make your day go faster! Try out Hardy’s complete line of SpeedStreaks and see for yourself. They are available in the 1 or 10ul size; also available in flexible or rigid plastic.
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Pun Zone Ahead
- When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
- A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
- When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.
- The batteries were given out free of charge.
- The chicken was banished from the hen house for using foul language.
Online Ordering Made Easy!
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to learn how easy it is
to order from Hardy on-line!
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Our Optical Oddity for this month is a photo of human gallstones. This photo is from a collection by two pathology professors, Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Norman Barker of Johns Hopkins University.
Gallstones can vary in size and shape from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. The gallbladder may contain a single large stone or many smaller ones. They can be made up of cholesterol, calcium phosphate, palmitrate phosphate, bilirubin, and other bile pigments.
The photo below shows a removed gall bladder revealing many cholesterol stones.
Below are the factors that increase the risk of experiencing a gall bladder attack due to gall stones:
- Being female
- Being age 60 or older
- Being an American Indian
- Being a Mexican-American
- Being overweight or obese
- Being pregnant
- Eating a high-fat diet
- Eating a high-cholesterol diet
- Eating a low-fiber diet
- Having a family history of gallstones
- Having diabetes
- Losing weight very quickly
- Taking some cholesterol-lowering medications
- Taking medications that contain estrogen, such as hormone therapy drugs