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January, 2023
Clostridioides difficile (formerly named Clostridium difficile, and widely known as C. diff) is a Gram-positive, spore-forming, obligate anaerobe that causes life-threatening diarrhea in people who take antibiotics, are hospitalized or in nursing homes, and people with weakened immune systems.(1) C. difficile secretes toxins TcdA and TcdB, which are responsible for causing massive damage to the gut epithelium by inducing a... Read more »
December, 2022
With more than 1,000 potential microbes known to cause human disease, the differential diagnosis of pathogens can be complex and challenging. Traditional microbial culture-based methods are the most common and readily available tests for identification, but the turnaround time can be long when organisms are difficult to culture or arduous when testing requires invasive techniques.... Read more »
November, 2022
Two years ago, there was virtually no flu season due to COVID-19 isolation. In addition, experts predict another COVID-19 surge this fall and winter.(2) According to the World Health Organization’s early October global situation report, more than 1.5 million COVID-19 diagnosis were reported across Europe during the week ending Oct. 2, about 8% more than... Read more »
September, 2022
Emerging hand in hand with the Pandemic… A new 2022 special report from the CDC is sounding the alarm that antimicrobial resistance to some of the most concerning bacteria and fungi significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic (1) One such highly drug resistant yeast noted in the report is Candida auris that shows clinical cases rose more than... 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 »
November, 2020
Saving Patient Lives with Rapid Pneumonia Testing Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila pose a severe threat of morbidity and mortality, with acute symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest pain. High-risk cases are known to result in respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis.(1) Consequently, “Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death among children under five... Read more »
February, 2020
COPAN announces a kit that pairs 3mL of UTM® universal viral transport medium and two FLOQSwabs™: one minitip and one regular flocked swab. MURRIETA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak... Read more »
January, 2020
For the medical community 2020 has arrived with a sinister start. In the midst of Flu season, a new and far more ominous virus has emerged, gripping the world’s attention. We are of course talking about the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China with multinational reports emerging. The virus, a “cousin” of the SARS... Read more »
September, 2019
We know that cannabis can make people sick. We know that the pathogens present in this medicine, like many others, have killed patients[i]. We know that our most vulnerable and desperate cannabis patients are immunocompromised, terminal, and/or pediatric. WE, US, YOU AND I, must address patient safety in an informed and rational way. We do... Read more »
September, 2019
Self-policing has long been the standard for the industry, although several entities have a say in what constitutes Best Practice in the manufacturing and production of cosmetics and personal care products.  The FDA’s  (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics) oversight is mainly focused on regulating adulterated and misbranded products. Products classified as improving the appearance and... Read more »
July, 2019
Hardy Diagnostics is proud not only to support global organizations and charities whose values mirror our own, but every once in a while we get the unique chance to make a direct impact on someone’s life through giving. Recently, we were given that very opportunity when a young girl needed help with her science project.... Read more »
May, 2019
The English translation for the French phrase “Il faut souffrir pour etre belle” is: “You must suffer to be beautiful.” Throughout history, the definition of beauty has changed from one era and society to another. A decade of shaved and precisely drawn in eyebrows gave way to a natural, full and almost unruly look. Glued... 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 »