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October, 2015

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The Hardy Urine Biplate

Meet HUrBi

Ever wish for a urine culture plate that would produce color reactions for all the major urinary pathogens? Wish no more…Meet HUrBi. 
This new biplate will separate the gram positives and yeasts on one side from the gram negatives on the other side. 
Not only that, the major pathogens will turn unique colors to assist in the identification. 
But don’t just think of HUrBi as a urine plate, it can be used to your advantage for most any aerobic culture. Also, its great for sorting out mixed cultures.
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Place your order today.
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Rapid Strep Kit


Quidel’s Group A  Strep Kit produces results within five minutes on a simple-to-use dipstick. It is highly sensitive, producing 95% agreement with standard throat cultures. 

The easy procedure is CLIA waived so it can be used in the physician’s office laboratory.

See other Quidel kits offered by Hardy Diagnostics.


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Is your brain saying 
“please tease me” today?
If so…enter here.


“Mayday, Mayday!
How did this word become the international cry of distress?

The word Mayday was coined in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford, a radio engineer in London. He was tasked with coming up with a short, easy-to-use word to express the same meaning as SOS that was used for many years in Morse Code. 

Mockford’s solution? “Mayday” – because it’s distinct, concise, easy on an English speaker’s tongue, and also having the virtue of sounding phonetically identical to m’aidez, which is French for “Help me!”

By 1927, the International Radiotelegraph Convention of Washington designated Mayday as the spoken distress phrase equivalent of “SOS.”

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Infectious mononucleosis…





Biokit offers detection of mononucleosis within three minutes by latex agglutination. This accurate and easy to read test features a sensitivity of  99.4%.


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See other rapid Biokit tests offered by Hardy Diagnostics such as, RF, CRP, ASO, HSV, and Rubella.


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All formats available…


Hardy offers a complete selection of microorganisms for your QC program. These MBL organisms are licensed derivatives from ATCC. They are available in the swab or pellet format; qualitative or quantitative. Order from Hardy for immediate service and delivery.
View the entire catalog online.
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For the food microbiologist…


Are you involved with protecting our nations food supply? If so, you will want to see Hardy’s complete selection of microbiology supplies specifically for the food microbiologist. You will find that its packed full of good ideas for your lab.

Think about it…
The Thinker

* Why isn’t 11 pronounced onety one?

* “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?

* If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed,  tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

* Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?
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Save time and money…

Rapid Test Kits

Want to learn how to speed up your identifications? 
Hardy offers a 17 page booklet on how to identify bacteria using rapid test methods.
View the booklet online.
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Carrot Broth
Hardy’s Carrot Broth for the detection of Group B Strep

Wisdom to ponder…   

William Wilburforce
1759 ~ 1833
British Member of Parliament that fought for 20 years before finding success in abolishing the practice of slave trade in the British Empire. 
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
“We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible… So we will do them anyway.”
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”
“We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.”

I would suggest that faith is everyone’s business. The advance or decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician.


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Micro Musings…

 Bad news Mr. Brumley…you appear to have caught the bug that’s been going 
around in my waiting room.

Advances in forensic microbiology…

Could Your 
Incriminate You?

Find out more about recent discoveries regarding your microbial “fingerprint”


What caused the 
death of the 
Father of our Country?
Controversy remains 
as to the final diagnosis
After riding his horse on the Mount Vernon property through the snow on two consecutive cold December days, George Washington, developed a troubling sore throat and some hoarseness. 

His personal secretary, Colonel Lear, suggested he take some medicine, to which he replied, “You know I never take anything for a cold. Let it go as it came.”

Early in the morning on the next day, he awoke gasping for breath. One of the estate overseers, Albin Rawlins, prepared a concoction of molasses, vinegar, and butter. However, when General Washington swallowed it, he went into a fit of convulsive suffocation. 

Since Washington claimed to have had previous success with the practice of bloodletting, he then asked his overseer Rawlins, to perform a venesection in his upper arm, who then removed a half pint of blood.

Mrs. Washington and the overseer became uncomfortable with the procedure, but General Washington reassured them saying, “Don’t be afraid. The orifice is not large enough. More, more.” 

The practice of bloodletting to restore health dates back to the ancient Egyptians and persisted through the Greek and Roman times up to the late 1800s in Europe and America.

Three doctors were summoned to Washington’s beside on December 14, 1799. In additional to more bloodlettings, they administered poultices made of cantharides (preparation of dried beetles) and a vinegar and bran mixture. They also cleared his bowels using calomel (mercury chloride) and tartar, which was commonly practiced in the 1700s.

Seeing the futility of the doctor’s attempts to save him, Washington laboriously uttered, “I feel myself going. I thank you for your attentions but I pray you take no more troubles about me. Let me go off quietly. I cannot last long.”

Later, Washington sensed death was imminent, gave his last instructions to Albin Rawlins regarding his papers and finances.

To his personal secretary, Colonel Lear, he said his last words, “I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be put into the vault less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand me? ‘Tis well.”

Martha Washington, dutifully sitting at the foot of the bed, said upon hearing her husband’s last breath, “Is he gone? Tis well. All is now over. I shall soon follow him. I have no more trials to pass through.”

In a futile attempt to save Washington, bloodletting occurred five times over the course of nine to ten hours that afternoon and evening.

General Washington, even at the age of 69, was a physically impressive man measuring 6 feet 3 inches in height and weighing 230 pounds. Because adult blood volume is 70 ml/kg, one can estimate the blood volume of President Washington at seven liters. 

The extraction of more than half of his blood volume within a short period of time inevitably led to severe anemia, hypovolemia, and hypotension.

The fact that General Washington stopped struggling and appeared physically calm shortly before his death was likely due to profound hypotension and shock.

Due to the meticulous notes taken by the three attending physicians, many modern day clinicians have attempted to diagnose Washington’s illness long after the fact. 

Among them are Strep throat (due to Streptococcus pyogenes) and epiglottitis due to Haemophilus influenzae or Corynebacterium diphtheriae, both of which could cause a rapid blockage of the respiratory airways.

So, whether the Father of our Country died of a bacterial infection or the severe loss of blood caused by his well-meaning physicians practicing the futile art of bloodletting, we will never know for sure. We do know that our country lost perhaps its greatest hero that night.

The last living moment of President George Washington was later described by his step-grandson, George Washington Custis:

“… as the night advanced it became evident that he was sinking, and he seemed fully aware that ‘his hour was nigh.’ He inquired the time, and was answered a few minutes to ten. He spoke no more-the hand of death was upon him, and he was conscious that ‘his hour was come.’ With surprising self-possession he prepared to die. Composing his form at length, and folding his arms on his bosom, without a sigh, without a groan, the Father of his Country died. No pang or struggle told when the noble spirit took its noiseless flight; while so tranquil appeared the manly features in the repose of death, that some moments had passed ere those around could believe that the patriarch was no more.”

Jay Hardy, CLS, SM(NRCM)

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Optical oddities… 

Does the black square at top center seem blacker than surrounding squares?
Does the white square at the lower center seem whiter than the surrounding squares?
It isn’t.

  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Marvin Gaye ~    





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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor. 

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Pun Zone Ahead
  • A dog gave birth to puppies near the road. And was cited for littering.
  • A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in: Linoleum Blownapart.
  • Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  • No matter how much you push the envelope. It’ll still be stationery.

“Everyone needs beauty 
as well as bread; 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal 
and give strength 
to body and soul alike.”

John Muir

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