Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items

In the United States, approximately 2.8 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) every year resulting in billions of dollars in healthcare costs and approximately 35,000 deaths (1,2). About 80% of antibiotic use in the United States comes from the agriculture industry, particularly in the husbandry of cattle and poultry. While antibiotics are Read more about Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items[…]

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COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens

Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been getting many inquiries about what type of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidelines for Read more about COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens[…]

Cannabis Micro

Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?

Cannabis has many different modes of delivery and applications for use. The most common ways that cannabis is used in our society today are: a smokeable, an edible, an oil or infused product. According to most market researchers, flower products and concentrates are the top sellers, with edibles and cosmetics also representing a solid segment Read more about Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?[…]

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Can filters add or decrease the bacterial count?

According to the USGS, the Earth’s surface is comprised of about 71% water (1); however, only a modicum of this supply is potable. Fortunately, modern marvels of mankind are making this supply increasingly accessible through the desalination of salt water and filtration of contaminated water, to name a few. Unlike salt water, the consumption of Read more about Can filters add or decrease the bacterial count?[…]

Are Three Heads Better Than Two?

The new generation of active viable microbial air samplers represent a new approach to maintaining environmental control. The TRIO and the RABS ISOLATOR instruments are made by Orum International and distributed by Hardy Diagnostics. Active impact microbial air sampling is one aspect of the regulatory guidelines related to contamination control. The principle of microbial air sampling Read more about Are Three Heads Better Than Two?[…]

Candida auris

Cause for Concern: Emerging Pan-resistant Candida auris

Candida auris was first described in 2009 and was first reported in the United States in 2016.(1)  It is a member of a growing group of yeasts that can cause candidiasis, yeast infections that are normally of little consequence, and treatable through a number of anti-fungal medications.  Nosocomial candidiasis, however can easily infect ports installed Read more about Cause for Concern: Emerging Pan-resistant Candida auris[…]

CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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 about CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)[…]

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Coronavirus Outbreak- What We Know Thus Far

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 about Coronavirus Outbreak- What We Know Thus Far[…]

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Hitting Pay Dirt- New Soil-Derived Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance has been an emerging critical threat that, according to the CDC, results in more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S each year, of which 35,000 are fatal (1). To date, most every antibiotic at our disposal has been discovered in the dirt; these compounds exist as natural products that are produced Read more about Hitting Pay Dirt- New Soil-Derived Antibiotics[…]

Top 10 Germs in Cannabis That Can Make You Sick

Many people are concerned about what kinds of microorganisms might be lurking in their cannabis products. Growers and cultivators are trying their best to understand how these contaminants, or “bugs,” may be getting into their products. Testing labs are working hard to properly screen and identify the worst offenders, even when they are not required Read more about Top 10 Germs in Cannabis That Can Make You Sick[…]

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