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December, 2017
At the age of five, Robert Koch astounded his parents by telling them that he had taught himself to read with the aid of a newspaper. This feat merely foreshadowed the intelligence and tenacity which were to be so characteristic of Koch in his adult life. The son of a mining authority, Robert Koch was... Read more »
December, 2017
The Happiest Place on Earth just made news in November for all the wrong reasons. Disneyland recently shut down two contaminated cooling towers after health officials discovered the towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. Eleven separate cases of Legionnaires’ disease have surfaced in the Anaheim area. The victims were infected sometime between late August... Read more »
December, 2017
On September 1, 2017, San Diego County officials declared a state of emergency due to a major outbreak of Hepatitis A in the region.   Since November 2016, 544 infections and 20 deaths have been reported. In comparison, for the last five years, San Diego County has recorded only 28 cases annually on average. Among the... Read more »
December, 2017
In an attempt to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics, researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a tool that physicians can use to distinguish between a bacterial or viral infection in a patient that is suffering from an infection. Antibiotics are useless in treating viral infections; sadly, bacterial resistance is stimulated by the... Read more »
November, 2017
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women worldwide, more than half the women who develop this cancer have no known risk factors. The risk factors that are known are not always good predictors of developing breast cancer, including those who are genetically predisposed and... Read more »
November, 2017
In September 1620, a group of separatists seeking religious freedom of worship as well as bountiful land sailed from Plymouth, England for the New World. After a 66 day journey, the Mayflower dropped anchor off the coast of Cape Cod, nearly 200 miles north of their intended destination.  They of course, in true European fashion,... Read more »
November, 2017
As we progress through the 21st Century, the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance and the urgent call for action have been expressed by the medical community worldwide.  Bacterial resistance mechanisms are becoming increasingly more common, especially to broad spectrum beta (β)-lactam antibiotics which include penicllins, cephalosporins, monobactams, and carbapenems. β-lactam resistant bacteria generally evade these... Read more »
November, 2017
Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic in the news across the United States over the past few years.  In 2012, Colorado was the first state to pass legalization of recreational marijuana use. Prior to this, many states had legal medical prescription marijuana sales and usage on the books. However, Colorado’s move to legalize recreational... Read more »
October, 2017
The classic bulls-eye rash is one that most people are warned to watch out for and are told to seek medical assistance if it appears on the skin. This rash is called erythema migrans and may occur from infection with a bacterium of the genus Borrelia. These bacteria are spirochetes and have a flagellum that aids... Read more »
October, 2017
Compounding Pharmacies are specialized pharmacies able to address specific health needs in a way mass produced pharmaceuticals cannot. Compounded medications offer customized solutions for patients’ unique conditions. The value of these facilities is significant for those who have experienced an enhanced quality of life or life-saving benefits from compounded medications. In January 2017, the former... Read more »
October, 2017
Amidst the myriad of effects we’ve found our gut microbiome can have on our daily lives, a recent study finds that it may also affect behaviors in our offspring, even long after they’ve exited the womb. Two newer studies using rats published by MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School explored the idea that... Read more »
October, 2017
On September 6th, 2017, the organization known as PETA or the People for the ethical treatment of animals called out to their vegan brethren to donate their stool…for SCIENCE! [1]  For those who are unaware, Fecal Microbiota Transplants or FMT’s are a relatively new but promising treatment for individuals who have had their guts ravaged by... Read more »
September, 2017
Throughout history there has been an ongoing conversation about the mystical “living light” that shows up fluttering in the sky, churning beneath the ocean waves, and dancing across the forest floor. Stories have been passed down depicting this fantastical phenomenon stemming from all different cultures and histories. From ocean explorers that discovered the deep sea... Read more »
September, 2017
Urinary tract infections are a result of bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra. When these bacteria arrive at the bladder, they begin to multiply, leading to an infection. In most cases, the urinary system can usually fight off these invaders; but in cases where the defense of the urinary system fails, UTIs affect... Read more »
September, 2017
My wife is eight months pregnant and her due date is creeping ever closer with each passing day. In this last month, many preparations are being made in our home. We have assembled the cradle, put away the copious amount of clothes our generous parents have given us (it’s our first child), and the house has... Read more »
September, 2017
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 duringan outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the... Read more »
September, 2017
Lake Natron is a vast body of water, 57 kilometers (35 mi) long and 22 kilometers (14 mi) wide, in the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa right along the Northern border of Tanzania and Kenya. Located at the base of the volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, you will first notice the deep red hue of its water,... Read more »
August, 2017
Environmental monitoring (EM) is a proactive tool for Quality Assurance and is a critical process within pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The process is important in determining the microbial and particulate content of clean room air and surfaces and highlights conditions that contribute to excess microbial and particulate levels caused by ineffective cleaning, or issues due to personnel or... Read more »
August, 2017
Humans are extremely adaptive creatures. We have crowned ourselves ruler of our planet, cultivating civilizations across the globe from the hottest deserts and tallest mountain ranges, to even floating communities such as the Kompong Chhnang floating city in Cambodia. Humanity, however, is still constrained by physical limitations such as the need for oxygen, drinkable water, and... Read more »
August, 2017
Concerns about antimicrobial resistance have been growing for many years. At one point it seemed as though we were out of options -organisms were becoming resistant to all antibiotics on the market and no new drugs were being produced. A healthy return on investment for an antibiotic was lacking. The cost to develop a new... Read more »
August, 2017
These days, most people are aware that bacteria have benefits to our health and that not all bacteria are to be feared. Probiotic packed yogurts proudly proclaim their rich source of beneficial microbes. Health conscious Americans have taken the time to learn how to balance their intestinal flora based on research showing links between your gut... Read more »
July, 2017
Around the world, more than 100 million landmines lay buried and undetected in over 70 countries. There is a global need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and explosives. Worldwide, About half a million people are survivors of mine inflicted injuries and an additional 15,000 to 20,000 people are injured or killed... Read more »
June, 2017
In late April of this year, there was an outbreak of botulism due to contaminated nacho cheese at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California. The issue is no longer a threat, as the lot of cheese has been recalled and was discarded on May 5, 2017. However, the outbreak took its toll on nine... Read more »
May, 2017
In the past year, there have been ongoing concerns that sanitizers commonly used to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses can lead to false-negative test results for Salmonella.  Salmonella are bacteria that can make people sick with an infection called salmonellosis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses... Read more »
May, 2017
If one antibiotic resistant bacteria that makes the news often, it is MRSA. Whether it be the recent infection of newborns at a major clinic or the infection of a national football team due to improper cleaning of gym equipment, MRSA accrues a lot of airtime. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is most commonly found under... Read more »
April, 2017
Next up for CHROM month, We examine HardyCHROM Vibrio and the risks of shooting back oysters on the half shell… Summer is fast approaching and beach goers everywhere are rejoicing. Warmer weather, sunny skies, and fresh seafood: what’s not to love about summer? Well, the warmer weather brings something else besides people to the coastal... Read more »
April, 2017
Starting off CHROM Month is HardyCHROM SS NoPRO. Before we talk about this innovative new media, let us first take a look at how it came to be. In 1968, Hektoen Enteric Agar was introduced by the Hektoen Institute of Chicago. HE agar is a selective and differential agar used for the culture of Salmonella and Shigella from... Read more »
March, 2017
Some species of streptococci are unique in that they are classified or grouped according to the antigenic structure of their cell walls. Ever wondered how this was discovered? In this article, we will explore the history of how strep grouping came to be in common usage today. The genus Streptococcus contains many pathogens from numerous... Read more »
March, 2017
In July, the QuickSlide division was successfully moved from Texas to Hardy’s Springboro manufacturing facility in Ohio. The sales of QuickSlide automated stainers showed growth of over 30% compared to last year, as laboratories seek to cut labor costs by introducing more automation into their labs. The instruments offer fast and consistent processing of Gram... Read more »
March, 2017
Hardy becomes the exclusive distributor for Dilucup, a new patented way to streamline the preparation of serial dilutions for the microbiological testing of food samples. The instrument reduces tech time, reduces repetitive stress, and saves space in the lab.
March, 2017
Our customer service operation moved to a new building on McCoy Lane in May. It features 35 new work stations, photo studio, calibration lab, conference room, break room, and relaxation room. The building is energy efficient with all LED lighting and the landscaping is designed for ultra-low water usage.
March, 2017
VWR presented Hardy Diagnostics with their “Supplier of the Year” award at their annual sales conference in Dallas in January. There were over 1,400 in attendance to honor suppliers that offered excellent products and service to their customers. VWR employs 9,300 workers and reports revenues of over $4.3 billion for their services to the scientific... Read more »
March, 2017
Listeriosis or Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning is an infection which could be fairly mild or debilitating depending on the person infected. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible to Listeriosis. When a person is infected, symptoms of a Listeria infection can include sudden onset fever, chills, severe... Read more »
March, 2017
Boyd Woodruff was the son of an East Coast farmer whose ground-breaking research served as a lynch pin for fellow scientists to be able to harvest a plethora of lifesaving antibiotics from every day soil. Known simply as Boyd, he loved to read and explore the world around him. However, it was not until he... Read more »
March, 2017
With Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) on the rise among hospital acquired infections across America in hospitals and care facilities, infection control specialists have been scrambling to prevent the acceleration of this toxic and destructive bacterium. Where does CDI come from? Where is it going? How can we avoid it? With nearly half a million impacted... Read more »
February, 2017
Since 1947, when the first drive-through restaurant was opened by Sheldon “Red” Chaney in Springfield, Missouri[1], the term “fast food” has become a staple of the American vocabulary.  McDonalds, Burger King, White Castle, In & Out, and Taco Bell: all of these have become so monolithically important to everyday life, that many can recite the... Read more »
February, 2017
Microbiologists are a very opinionated group of individuals, and it is, at times, difficult to get consensus and standardization on certain procedures. Whether to heat fix or methanol fix slides in preparation for Gram staining is one of those controversial procedures. It was never fully documented as to why one method would be superior over... Read more »
February, 2017
Did You Know You Are Autophagic?  And that’s a good thing, since it slows down aging and prevents degenerative diseases. For illuminating the weird cellular phenomenon of “self-eating,” Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  Called autophagy – from the Greek words “auto” and “phagein,” meaning “self” and “to eat”... Read more »
January, 2017
Great news from VWR’s Americas Sales Conference. We are extremely proud to announce that Hardy Diagnostics was awarded the 2016 VWR Life Sciences Supplier of the Year Award! In 2013, Hardy Diagnostics signed an agreement with the well known scientific supplier. Hardy Diagnostics now offers more than 2,100 of its culture media products and microbiology systems through... Read more »
January, 2017
The world of microbiology has lost a dear and sweet friend. Paul Schreckenberger, Ph.D. passed away suddenly on November 29th and will be greatly missed by microbiologists the world over. One of the many activities for which Paul was known was his wonderfully informative and practical microbiology seminars that were sponsored by Hardy Diagnostics. All of... Read more »