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December, 2021
Do food labels tell the full story of what consumers are eating? In the U.S., many citizens may be unaware of how much inulin they may be consuming on a daily basis. As a result, individuals who consume inulin may suffer from digestive discomfort without knowing the true cause.(1) On many food labels, there is... Read more »
December, 2021
CRISPR technology used to control the fourth biggest infectious disease killer...
November, 2021
In the United States, Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of diarrhea, affecting 1.5 million U.S. residents every year.(1) Approximately 30% of Campylobacter strains have decreased susceptibility to fluoroquinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin) or macrolides (e.g., azithromycin), the antibiotics commonly used to treat infections, which poses a serious threat to public health.(2)In August 2017, the Florida... Read more »
November, 2021
Plastic is invaluable to the scientific community from Petri plates to syringes and almost everything in between. Scientific research alone accounts for approximately 1.8% of global plastic production.(1) With the COVID-19 pandemic the need of the scientific community is increasing due to the increased need for plastic used for PPE, plastic tubes, pipets, etc.(2) While... Read more »
October, 2021
More deadly than Lyme Disease… In 1958, a five-year-old boy from Powassan, Ontario, Canada presented to a children’s hospital complaining of dizziness; his parents also described tremors of his left arm. Electroencephalogram readings showed a widespread disturbance in the patient’s brain. The patient’s condition began to rapidly decline, and within six days he died. Portions... Read more »
October, 2021
The discovery of a cause, as well as treatment, for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may involve our commensal gut bacteria. Millions of adults suffering from RA experience chronic pain, chronic inflammation, and often severe functional disability of the joints. Onset in older populations is a well-known risk factor, and RA is three times as likely in... Read more »
September, 2021
Sales of ImmuView begin to soar. This new kit that Hardy distributes from Denmark will detect Legionella pneumophila and Streptococcus pneumonia antigens in the urine of patients that are suffering from pneumonia.
September, 2021
Why We Inspect Food Before Consumption, From Contamination to Cause We have all heard the phrase, “The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.” While taking that concept with a grain of salt, most people would not want their appetite spoiled with the thought of consuming rotten or tainted food. In the United... Read more »
September, 2021
In September, a new high speed automated plate pouring line was installed at Hardy’s Springboro, Ohio facility. It can pour ten petri plates at a time, making it the largest and fastest in America. It also fully automates the bagging, sealing, and labeling process so that the plates are never handled by human hands.
September, 2021
In September, Hardy released its newest addition to its extensive line of Chromogenic media plates. HardyCHROM Candida+auris detects all the clinically significant yeasts (C. albicans, tropicalis, krusei, and glabrata) and now includes Candida auris. C. auris is a potentially deadly fungus that is highly resistant to most of the anti-fungal drugs. To aid in its... Read more »
September, 2021
Ocean bacteria and viruses take up residence, but for a limited amount of time. As an individual initiates their first stride into the piercing cold ocean, our lungs are not the only part of our body greeted by the shock of the drastic change in environment. A brutal battle, invisible to the naked eye, has... Read more »
September, 2021
Hans Christian Gram, credited as the inventor of the Gram staining technique, was a pioneering biologist who devised the system of classification which led to as many as 30,000 formally named species of bacteria being investigated. Gram, working with German pathologist and microbiologist Karl Friedländer, devised the technique in Berlin in the early 1880s. Today marks... Read more »
September, 2021
Is a New and Better Vaccine Coming Soon? A new player in the field of COVID vaccines could be arriving soon. The trials so far are encouraging for both safety and efficacy. It even has some advantages over the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines that have become so familiar to us. Novavax, headquartered in Maryland,... Read more »
September, 2021
In August, Hardy released yet another Chromogenic media plate that will easily detect Group A Strep (Streptococcus pyogenes) which is the cause of Strep throat infections. Clinical microbiologists appreciate the fact that the Group A Strep colonies develop a distinct red-orange color within 24 hours of incubation. Also, the colors are intensified by the pure... Read more »
August, 2021
In 2021, Hardy Diagnostics had one of the biggest and best Food Drives in company history. Overall, between Ohio and California, we were able to donate over $20,000 worth of food and cash. These donations help lift up our local communities by donation to the Dayton Food Bank, The Santa Barbara County Food Bank, and... Read more »
August, 2021
In 1884, Danish microbiologist Hans Christian Gram discovered that crystal violet irreversibly stained certain bacteria but can be washed from others. The Gram stain technique identifies bacteria as gram-positive (the stain is retained) or gram-negative (the stain is washed away.) Gram found that his stain worked for visualizing a series of bacteria associated with disease... Read more »
August, 2021
Want to lower your risk of contracting a MAP-related malady? Here’s how. Emerging research is implicating Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) as the etiological cause of various diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and autism.(8) This species of bacteria is a relative of M. tuberculosis and belongs... Read more »
August, 2021
Is there a correlation between the end of mask mandates and the rise in cases of the common cold and influenza? The start of the summer is aligning with another new beginning, one in which many around the world make a return to the “New Normal” and relearn what life was like before COVID-19. While... Read more »
August, 2021
Antidepressants may be our best bet in treating Ebola The 2013 to 2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa made global headlines and inflamed discussion as the largest single outbreak of this deadly virus. The lack of a vaccine approved for use in humans and the rapid rate of mutation in the Ebolavirus genus create a... Read more »
July, 2021
Can H. pylori colonization offer some protection against disease? Helicobacter pylori is an organism typically known as the culprit of painful stomach ulcers and severe abdominal pain, although there is now growing evidence which suggesting that there may be advantages to colonization by this acid-loving organism. In several studies conducted during the 1990s and 2000s, correlations emerged between H.... Read more »
June, 2021
Some patients have become infected with TB from contaminated graft material. How are they screened for infectious disease? In June of this year, it was discovered over 100 patients may have been exposed to tuberculosis originating from cadaver-derived material used in their bone graft procedures. Second only to blood, human bone is the next most... Read more »
June, 2021
Medieval doctors didn’t always prescribe what was best for an ailing patient (leeches were a popular therapy). However, a medical manuscript from the 10th Century called Bald’s Leechbook recently found in the British Library details a concoction of wine, oxbile, and two species of Allium (garlic, onion, or leek) used to treat styes, now known... Read more »
June, 2021
Although of great concern, vaccination will help When will the pandemic end? How many more COVID-19 waves will the U.S. go through? Will we go back to “normal” in the fall? All these questions depend largely on one factor: the epidemiology of the variants. As the virus spreads around the world, variant strains have emerged.... Read more »
May, 2021
How far do we have to go to reach herd immunity? First of all we must know that herd immunity is defined as a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that can occur with some diseases when a sufficient percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, either through vaccination or previous infections, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection... Read more »
May, 2021
Hardy becomes the exclusive distributor for the AutoBio Autof ms 1000 spectrometer for the rapid identification of microorganisms. This MALDI-TOF instrument is capable of identifying 96 samples in less than 20 minutes hands-on time. Its database is the largest in the industry and contains 5,000 species with over 15,000 strains of bacteria, yeast, and filamentous... Read more »
May, 2021
Public health is facing a looming crisis. However, unlike many more obvious public health emergencies, the majority of us may not recognize or realize the culprit: antimicrobial resistance. As hundreds of thousands of patients come face-to-face with health issues related to antibiotic-resistant infections, the scientific community must address the significance of antimicrobial stewardship and its... Read more »
April, 2021
Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of molecules for large-scale manufacturing purposes. It is a broad field of science, which combines chemistry, physics, energy storage, microfabrication, and molecular engineering. Recently, it has been popularized by its role in nanomedicine for the COVID-19 vaccine. (1) Currently, with the introduction of mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, the importance of... Read more »
April, 2021
Could this explain why some are more susceptible to COVID-19? The SARS-CoV-2 virus gains entry to the epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract by way of the ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) receptor. This is the protein to which the viral spike proteins attach in order to gain entry into the cell. If we knew more... Read more »
March, 2021
Information on messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines is frequently in the news due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, since mRNA technology is used in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Long before the start of the pandemic, however, researchers have been trying to use this technology to treat cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading... Read more »
March, 2021
As COVID-19 presses forward, it is easy to look back at the past year and see nothing but the ruin left behind by the pandemic. However, as 2021 advances, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike previous years, the 2020-2021 flu season has diminished immensely. Healthcare workers are reporting... Read more »
March, 2021
Many states are relaxing restrictions amid both vaccination efforts and slowly decreasing case numbers, however, scientists warn that this pandemic is far from over. Researchers are working to gather more information about the SARS CoV-2 and its variants while the virus continues to mutate. So, what are variants? Complex recombination across genetically similar viruses plays... Read more »
March, 2021
Hardy continued to do its part to control the Covid-19 Pandemic. Millions of Viral Transport Media tubes were produced, along with the sales of swabs, masks, face shields, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Hardy also became a distributor for the Covid-19 Antibody and Antigen rapid test kits, that produce results in about 15 minutes.
February, 2021
Can they assist with COVID-19 immunity? The idea of probiotics is for centuries something well known in other cultures. Many old cultures count with them in yogurts, kefirs and even something thought to be new but made recently popular by savvy Hollywood stars, called: Kombucha. A group of researchers looked at Malaysian Kefir, made from fermented grains... Read more »
February, 2021
A SARS-CoV-2 infection affects many organ systems in the body, including the gut microbiome and the 100 trillion bacterial that make up this important part of our bodies and its immune system.
January, 2021
New Study shows that assays for T Cells against COVID-19 can be good predictor of disease susceptibility.
January, 2021
A novel test for T cells show great promise in detecting immune status Antibodies often steal the spotlight when talking about immunity, but they are not the only protagonist in the immune system. T cells are specialized defenders activated in the adaptive immune response. They multiply and differentiate into cytotoxic, helper, or regulatory t-cells. These... Read more »