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August, 2017

 

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For the detection
 of Group B Strep…
 
Carrot Broth
Carrot Broth
  • Detects hemolytic Group B Strep from the initial broth culture
  • Provides results in as little as six hours
  • Found to be 100% sensitive and 100% specific in a recent study
 
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For the detection

 

of Gardnerella vaginalis
 
G. Vag Select
  • Detects Gardnerella vaginalis colonies due to a yellow color change.
  • Inhibits other vaginal flora.
  • No risk from the dangers of using human blood.
  • Quickly screen for bacterial vaginosis.
 
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Automate your Wights-Giesma stain!
 

No Mess!
No Stress!
Hardy’s HemaPRO is the world’s most consistent, versatile, and durable blood smear slide stainer. Find out why…

 

 

Watch a brief video about how easy it is to set up the HemaPRO in your lab.
Learn more about the HemaPRO
View the brochure on all of Hardy’s automated stainers.

 

 

Please contact me to discuss automated slide stainers.

 

 

 

 

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Hardy’s Culture
Media Catalog

 

Hardy is proud to announce its 2017 catalog of all culture media offerings.
 
This 85 page booklet contains descriptions of the 2,700 products that Hardy manufactures for the microbiologist.
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Phraseology

Boycott
The origin of the word “boycott” goes back to 1880 in Ireland. Captain Charles Boycott was a property manager for some farms in Ireland and represented a wealthy absentee British landlord, Lord Erne.

 

When the crops had a bad year, the farmers asked for a 25% reduction in their rent payments. When Boycott refused, he began to evict some of the tenant farmers. The townspeople retaliated by refusing to sell goods to Boycott, and his servants refused to work for him. The local postal carriers even refused to deliver his mail!
 

 

Thus ever since, his name has forever been associated with angry consumers wishing to make a statement by how they spend (or don’t spend) their dollars.

Tapeworms have been used for weight loss for over 100 years. The poster above advertises “sanitized” tapeworms for banishing fat, with “no ill effects” when the actual results of a tapeworm infection could be nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, malnutrition, anemia, and yes…weight loss!
  
In the 1800’s the scolex or head of the tapeworm was put in a capsule for easy consumption by the unsuspecting public.
This disgusting practice is still going on today! Don’t believe it? Click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Hardy all about?
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Brainteasers

Brain

 

 

Are you good with quotes?
Let’s find out…

Think about it…
    
The Thinker

 

Why do kamikazee pilots wear helments?

* How do you know when it’s time to tune your bagpipes?
* Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?
* Does “virgin wool” come from sheep the shepherd hasn’t caught yet?
* If the front of your car says “Dodge,” do you really NEED a horn?
* What do sheep count when they can’t get to sleep?
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Wisdom to Ponder…
  
 
J. K. Rowling
British Novelist, film producer, television producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. With her Harry Potter series, she has sold over 400 million books, which breaks all records for a book series. 

“I am proud of having done what I’ve done. Very proud.”

 

“I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.”

 

“Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.”

 

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”

 

“The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.”

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

 

“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”

 

 

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Did you know? 

 

Jared
 
Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 37th year of serving microbiologists.
  • Manufactures from three ISO certified factories; one in California, Ohio, and Texas.
  • Is ISO 13485 certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
  • Services over 10,000 labs and maintains a worldwide network of over 80 distributors.
  • Is a 100% Employee-Owned company. “If we act like we own the place…it’s because we do!”

 
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“As Hardy Diagnostics enters its 37th year of serving microbiologists in the laboratory, I would like to thank each of our customers for their support and loyalty. It truly has been a pleasure to serve you!
If there is any way we can improve or expand upon our service, would you please let me know?”
Jay Hardy, CLS, SM(NRCM)
President
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Confucius say…

 

 

 

* Man who wants pretty nurse must be  patient.
* Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.

 

* Man who drives like hell is bound to get there soon.

 

 

 
Micro Musings…
 

A worldwide problem and yet it is…
 
The Neglected Disease
 

 

Can you think of an infectious disease that infects about one million people annually, has no effective treatment, and there is no available vaccine? Chikungunya falls into this category of neglected diseases.

 

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name “chikungunya” derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted,” and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain (arthralgia).
Signs and symptoms
Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks. Hence, the virus can cause acute, subacute, or chronic disease.
Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological, and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild, and the infection may go unrecognized or be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue occurs.
Transmission
Chikungunya has been identified in over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
The virus is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most commonly, the mosquitoes involved are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue. These mosquitoes can be found biting throughout daylight hours, though there may be peaks of activity in the early morning and late afternoon. Both species are found biting outdoors, but Ae. aegypti will also readily feed indoors.
After the bite by an infected mosquito, onset of illness occurs usually between 4 and 8 days but can range from 2 to 12 days.
Diagnosis
Several methods can be used for diagnosis. Serological tests, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), may confirm the presence of IgM and IgG anti-chikungunya antibodies. IgM antibody levels are highest 3 to 5 weeks after the onset of illness and persist for about 2 months. Samples collected during the first week after the onset of symptoms should be tested by both serological and virological methods (RT-PCR).
The virus may be isolated from the blood during the first few days of infection. Various reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) methods are available but are of variable sensitivity. Some are suited to clinical diagnosis. RT-PCR products from clinical samples may also be used for genotyping of the virus, allowing comparisons with virus samples from various geographical sources.
Epidemiology
In the Americas in 2016, there were 349,936 suspected cases. In 2015, there were 693,489 suspected cases and 37,480 confirmed cases of chikungunya reported to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) regional office, of which Colombia bore the biggest burden with 356,079 suspected cases. This was fewer than in 2014 when more than 1 million suspected cases were reported in the same region. As for the U.S., there were 175 reported and confirmed cases. All of them were due to the patient’s travel in the endemic areas.
 
Treatment
There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya. Treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms, including the joint pain using anti-pyretics, optimal analgesics, and fluids. There is no commercial chikungunya vaccine.
WHO information on Chikungunya
CDC information on Chikungunya

 

 
C diff Banana Broth
With nearly 500,000
infections annually…
Are you doing enough to
control C. diff?
Hardy announces a new broth medium for the detection of Clostridium difficile bacteria and spores. This new medium is capable of saving hospitals many thousands of dollars. It is useful in monitoring the efficacy of cleaning procedures used in patient rooms. Positives turn yellow!

 

This is the first and only culture medium designed for the detection of C. difficile and its spores on surfaces in a hospital setting.  The specificity was found to be 100% in a recent study (see reference below). No special equipment or anaerobic supplies are needed! Obtain results in as little as 24 hours!

View a short video explaining how C. diff Banana Broth can increase the level of patient safety and save your hospital many thousands of dollars!
 
 
 
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View the Study  showing 100% specificity (no false positives).
 
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Did you know your brain 
shrivels up at night?
During the night, while you are sleeping, your brain kicks into a garbage removal mode. How does it do this? The brain cells literally shrink by up to 60%, thus squeezing out cerebral spinal fluid and interstitial fluid  into what is known as the glymphatic system. Sleep is known to perform many critical functions, including consolidating memories and recharging cells, but now we know that it is also linked with cerebral toxin removal. This aggressive molecular waste removal causes the brain to expend as much energy during sleep as it does during your waking hours. So your brain has basically two modes: awake and aware, or asleep and  cleaning up.
Drainage and exchange of  CSF-ISF (cerebral spinal fluid-interstitial fluid) between the awake and sleeping brain were caused by expansion and contraction of the extracellular space, which increased by ~60% in the sleeping brain to promote clearance of interstitial wastes, such as amyloid beta, which forms the plaques seen in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains.
Researchers first injected dye into the cerebrospinal fluid of mice in 2013 and monitored electrical brain activity as they tracked the dye flow through the animals’ brains. The dye barely flowed when the mice were awake. In contrast, when the mice were unconscious – asleep or anesthetized – it flowed rapidly. On the basis of these findings, it was hypothesized that the restorative properties of sleep may be linked to increased glymphatic clearance of metabolic waste products produced by neural activity in the awake brain.
Knowing this, we are reminded of the extreme importance of “getting a good night’s sleep” in order to prevent such consequences as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
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Trio Bas
Air Samplers
 
Two heads are better than one!
 
Now with Bluetooth capability!
Trio Bas from Orum International has a robust impact air sampler for every type of use. Single, double, or triple heads are available from Hardy Diagnostics.
Testimonial from a Pharmaceutical Lab worker…
 
The two heads of TRIO BAS DUO air sampler was one of the best investments during the last two years. The laboratory staff responsible of the bacteriological sampling is able to double the number of environmental microbial cycles per day. This means more efficiency and lower cost, together with the  possibility to increase in the future the number of sampling in other areas of the premises.”
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Increase your recovery rate for anaerobes!
AnaeroGRO
   anaeroGRO

 

Hardy’s AnaeroGRO is packaged with an oxygen scavenger and flushed with nitrogen gas to ensure anaerobic conditions, leading to better recovery of anaerobic bacteria.

 

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anaerobic microbiology supplies.
 
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British Public Health Poster

 

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   Optical oddities… 
 
Q: Can you form all digits (0 to 9) by using only an “8” and a “4.”
A: Sure can. Here’s how…
 

 

 

 

 

 

  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Benjamin Franklin ~

 

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Identification by 
color and fluorescence!
 
 
  • Detects and differentiates all three pathogenic Vibrio species: V. vulnificus, V. cholerae, V. parahemolyticus.
  • Avoid the high costs of molecular methods!
 

 

 

 
Vibrio vulnificus colonies shown fluorescing under a UV light on HardyCHROM Vibrio Agar

 

 
Choose the comfortable option!
 
ComfortPRO
Labcoats

 Lab Coats
  • Three pockets: two hip and one breast
  • Laminated 3-ply for better protection
  • Knit collar and knit cuffs for comfort
  • Snap closures
  • Available in white or blue
  • Five sizes available: Small to XXL
  • Inexpensive and disposable
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Warning:
PUN ZONE
AHEAD
* I like European food, so I decided to Russia over there because I was Hungary. After Czech’ing the menu, I ordered Turkey. When I was Finnished I told the waiter “Spain good, but there is Norway I could eat another bite.”

 

* Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.

 

* He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

 

* I couldn’t quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.

 

* I don’t trust these stairs because they’re always up to something.
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