Hardy Diagnostics Celebrates Employee Ownership

October was Employee Ownership Month. Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% Employee-Owned medical device company, is celebrating with activities throughout the month, culminating with a company-wide tri-tip barbecue on Halloween put on by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA). Through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, employees are granted stock in their company Read more about Hardy Diagnostics Celebrates Employee Ownership[…]

Antibiotic Resistance in Vietnam

Antibiotic resistance is of widespread concern and is particularly critical in developing countries, like Vietnam, where there is a higher burden of infectious disease. In these countries, the cost of new and improved antibiotics can be insurmountable, leading to the use of outdated and ineffective antibiotics. Furthermore, self-diagnosis and self-treatment can lead to antibiotic resistance Read more about Antibiotic Resistance in Vietnam[…]

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The Financial Impact of Resistant Microorganisms

From 2002 to 2014, the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections doubled from 5.2% to 11% while the overall rate of bacterial infections has remained relatively constant (13.5 million to 14.3 million). Treating an antibiotic-susceptible infection costs an average of $1,394, while an antibiotic-resistant infection costs an average of $3,698. There were approximately 1.5 million cases of Read more about The Financial Impact of Resistant Microorganisms[…]

Parasites Taking a Toll on Unsuspecting Veterans

Recently, cases of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and hepatic pain in the United States have been described among Vietnam War veterans. The cause is Clonorchis sinensis, one of the most prevalent parasites in the world which is still transmitted in many regions of Asia. It is also known as the liver fluke worm. The fluke Read more about Parasites Taking a Toll on Unsuspecting Veterans[…]

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Bacteria in Unexpected Places: The Breast Microbiome

In recent years, greater appreciation for microbes inhabiting human body sites has emerged. In the female mammary gland, milk has been shown to contain bacterial species, reaching the ducts from the skin. Researchers have also discovered a diverse population of bacteria within tissue collected from sites all around the breast in women ages 18 to Read more about Bacteria in Unexpected Places: The Breast Microbiome[…]

67 Lives a Day; How Carrot Broth is Changing Public Health.

While GBS screenings are the standard in the US and in Europe, there are still parts of the world where the 1 in 5 women globally who carry GBS may not receive screening or treatment. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, involving Read more about 67 Lives a Day; How Carrot Broth is Changing Public Health.[…]

The Incredible Indestructible Tardigrade

What doesn’t need water, can freeze solid and come back to life, survives intense radiation, and stays alive in the vacuum of space?  Although the answer isn’t a cinematic horror, it certainly looks the part. The humble tardigrade (also known as a moss piglet or water bear) is a small-scale animal that rarely grows larger Read more about The Incredible Indestructible Tardigrade[…]

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Under the microscope with Kombucha

Kombucha, an effervescent beverage originating in Asia, has received much attention lately in the neutraceutical and alternative health industries as being an anti-carcinogenic, fermented tea. It is believed to help regulate the gut microbiome, aid in metabolism and cell proliferation, increase detoxification, and help protect the liver. Kombucha originated in China over 2,000 years ago Read more about Under the microscope with Kombucha[…]

Could Alzheimer’s Disease be a Response to Infection?

Recent research suggests that Alzheimer’s could be due to amyloid plaque forming around an infectious agent.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that affects more than three million people each year. There are limited treatment options and no cure. While it generally affects those over the age of 60, it has been diagnosed in people Read more about Could Alzheimer’s Disease be a Response to Infection?[…]

A Not So Sweet Relationship? Trehalose and C. difficile

Dietary sugar and Clostridium difficile are not usually two things you hear of in one sentence, but it was recently discovered that a sugar additive, trehalose, may encourage the virulence of Clostridium difficile. The supporting study titled “Dietary trehalose enhances virulence of epidemic Clostridium difficile” was very recently published in January 2018 in Nature, International Journal Read more about A Not So Sweet Relationship? Trehalose and C. difficile[…]

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