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September, 2022
Coffee drinkers beware… Does coffee lead to increased risk of dementia and stroke? Moderation is best! Coffee, with over 22 billion pounds consumed annually, is without a doubt one of the most popular drinks worldwide. (1) Many of us wake up each morning and seek energy from this bitter bean as it provides a high... Read more »
September, 2022
Another Emerging Virus With a Very High Mortality Rate Originates from bats The Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus of the genus Henipavirus, family Paramyxoviridae, and has been identified as a biosafety level-4 pathogen with a 40-75% fatality rate. The virus was first discovered in 1999 following a Malaysian outbreak among pig farmers which resulted in nearly... Read more »
August, 2022
Effective vaccinations for COVID-19 have been readily available in the United States for well over a year and a new vaccine has just been added to the arsenal. Novavax (NVX-CoV2373), created by a company of the same name, was granted emergency use authorization in early July and has now been endorsed by the CDC.(2) Novavax... Read more »
August, 2022
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is the most common bacterial cause of pharyngitis, often referred to as strep throat. GAS can also cause severe invasive infections. People who are elderly, have skin breakdown (when the skin is deprived of blood flow, the skin can become damaged or develop ulcers), or have chronic medical conditions, such as... Read more »
July, 2022
Another respiratory virus of concern. Common, yet underdiagnosed… Every year we anticipate the rounds of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and now Covid-19; but there is a lesser-known culprit of seasonal respiratory infections. Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) is a negative-sense single-stranded virus from the family Pneumoviridae and the second most common cause of lower respiratory infection in young... Read more »
June, 2022
Hardy Diagnostics receives 3 awards in June:1. “Best Employee Owned Company” of the Pacific Coast2. “Business of the Month” in Santa Maria3. “Best Places to Work” in the Central Coast
June, 2022
Many parents in the United States are reeling from the effects of an outbreak of Cronobacter sakazakii in powdered infant formula. Between September 2021 and January 2022, four cases of Cronobacter infections in infants were reported to the FDA. In each case, the infants were fed powdered formula from Abbott Nutrition.(1) Cronobacter sakazakii (formerly genus:... Read more »
June, 2022
The R&D microbiologists at Hardy Diagnostics present four research posters at the National ASM Convention in Washington DC in June after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. They were: the new Candida auris chromogenic plate, improved Carba 5 detection of ESBLs evaluation, the Hardy MALDI comparison to Biotyper, and the new TRIO.BAS™ air sampler... Read more »
June, 2022
Miracle in the Mucin… Discovered in 2004, Akkermansia muciniphila is a relative newcomer to microbiology. Akkermansia was named for the microbial ecologist Antoon Akkermans, and muciniphila meaning preferring mucin. This organism in the phylum Verrucomicrobia was the result of a study that used purified mucin as a growth medium, looking for organisms that could use this as their food source. A. muciniphila was the result, a Gram-negative... Read more »
June, 2022
Lyme disease is one of the most common types of tick-borne diseases (TBDs), yet many questions remain surrounding long-term treatment of this disease. Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete causing the disease, is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Ixodes tick. (1) The first symptoms will often include a bullseye rash forming around the... Read more »
June, 2022
In December 2021, Canada reported the first case of the 2021-2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in North America. Subsequently, HPAI H5N1 viruses have been confirmed in wild birds, backyard flocks, and commercial poultry facilities in both Canada and the United States. (1) According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of... Read more »
May, 2022
In May of this year, Ashleigh Rickey was promoted to the position of Quality Assurance Director after three years of employment with the company. Ashleigh is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has also been certified by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society for Medical Devices. Ashleigh manages a... Read more »
April, 2022
Genetic engineering can help preserve endangered species Since 1978, Escherichia coli has been used in the development of synthetic “human” insulin (1). More recently, E. coli has become an essential part in the development of cancer drugs (2). Researchers at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability in Denmark have developed a method for the large-scale production of P450... Read more »
April, 2022
Glyphosate linked to microbial dysbiosis and intestinal disease Glyphosate-based herbicides may be to blame for the rise in cases of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Though the proponents of glyphosate have always maintained that it has no effect on human and animal cells, an ever-increasing amount of research suggests that the herbicide inhibits the healthy... Read more »
March, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its third year, new treatment options to combat the coronavirus disease are being authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In December, 2021, the FDA issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for two oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19, Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.(1,2)This comes at a crucial time in the pandemic... Read more »
March, 2022
Is there a cranial microbiome? Can it be harmful? Over the decades, scientists have dedicated their entire careers to studying microorganisms on and in our bodies. Although the brain has largely been considered a sterile environment, research has shown evidence of microorganisms living harmlessly in the brain. In what could be considered a serendipitous event,... Read more »
March, 2022
Hardy signs a distributorship agreement with Applied BioCode of Santa Fe Springs, California. The BioCode MDx-3000 offers a new and exciting technology that involves microscopic bar-coded beads to simultaneously detect multiple pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) as developed by Dr. Winston Ho. This advanced PCR multiplex system is FDA cleared for two panels... Read more »
February, 2022
Salmonella Infantis Globally, Salmonella causes illness in 93.8 million people and causes approximately 155,000 deaths each year.(1) Within the United States alone, Salmonella is responsible for 1.35 million infections, 26,000 of which are severe enough to warrant hospitalization and over 400 deaths.(2)Infection occurs after ingesting more than 50,000 bacterial cells from contaminated food or water with symptoms appearing from... Read more »
February, 2022
In January, Hardy launched its new HardyCHROM™ Campy Plate (Catalog no. G339). This new medium can detect species of Campylobacter by the red color development of the colonies, thus making it extremely easy for the microbiologist to identify this troublesome organism that so often causes food poisoning.
February, 2022
At the beginning of 2022 a new employee breakroom was completed at our Ohio facility. Employees can relax in a Bistro-like atmosphere in a newly decorated space for their enjoyment.
February, 2022
How dangerous are the BA.2 and BA.3 sub-variants compared to the Omicron BA.1 that we already know? South Africa has one of the most robust public health systems in the world, carefully monitoring their SARS-CoV-2 case load, which has been dominated these last few months by the Delta variant. In recent months, however, South Africa’s case... Read more »
February, 2022
We made about 1.5 million Viral Transports (#R99) in one month, thanks to Hardy co-workers that put in extra time at night and on weekends, and Partners from other departments that helped out in packaging.
January, 2022
Probiotics found to assist in restoring normal immune function… COVID-19 disrupts normal bowel flora SARS-CoV-2 infection induces an aggressive inflammatory response which is strongly implicated in the cause of multi-organ dysfunction in some patients.(3) As a result, disease severity is likely caused not only by viral infection, but also an extreme host immune reaction. Patients... Read more »
January, 2022
At Hardy Diagnostics, you will find a complete selection of laboratory and microbiology supplies for the clinical, industrial, and molecular biology labs. Hardy Diagnostics is a 100% employee-owned company that has been helping people live healthier lives since 1980. Our microbiology products are used all over the world to diagnose and prevent disease. The dedication... Read more »
January, 2022
Sushi and sashimi are a complex meal to prepare and distribute due to the nature of multiple lightly prepared vegetables and raw meats, which may harbor various pathogens.
January, 2022
After being involved in manufacturing at Hardy Diagnostics for six years, Ethan Brannon is named to head up the entire Manufacturing Department, which includes the both of the facilities in California and Ohio. Ethan became the Director of Manufacturing in January of 2022 and has successfully led numerous projects as a part of the company’s... Read more »