We need Cannabis, not CannaBIZ

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 about We need Cannabis, not CannaBIZ[…]

Regulatory Standards for the Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry

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 about Regulatory Standards for the Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry[…]

Hardy Diagnostics aboard the ISS!

In total silence, a nearly 463 ton marvel is traveling at 17,000 miles per hour, but it garners little attention from those on Earth. In a modern age where space travel has become so mundane that private space flight companies are better known for their founder’s tweets than the incredible feats of scientific achievement they Read more about Hardy Diagnostics aboard the ISS![…]

Cervid Chronic Wasting Diseases

Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), is a fatal prion infection affecting free-ranging and captive cervid herds. Cervids are hooved ruminant mammals that include deer, caribou, elk, and moose.  In North America, CWD has been found in at least 24 states, as well as in Canada, and has devastating effects on herd populations. Wyoming and Wisconsin have Read more about Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Which gut organisms can promote cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers” and is responsible for over 50,000 deaths annually. In a recent newspaper article published in New York Times, “Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests” by Read more about Which gut organisms can promote cancer?[…]

Fluoroquinolone Resistance and Screening Methods

Fluoroquinolones have been the staple of antimicrobial therapy since the launch of the flagship representative “Ciprofloxacin” by Bayer in the early 1980s. Fluoroquinolones have a fluorine atom attached to the core quinolone molecular ring and this modification results in a class of broad-spectrum bactericidal agents that show increased stability and potency against both Gram negative Read more about Fluoroquinolone Resistance and Screening Methods[…]

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