Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?

A team of researches at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, have reported a new compound that displays the ability to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative antibiotic-resistant bacteria (1). PhD student Kirsty Smitten, Principal Investigator Jim Thomas, and their team in the Department of Chemistry first published their findings in Chemical Science in Read more about Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?[…]

Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?

Bacteria are commonly considered a culprit leading to cancer. However, recent research suggests that some bacteria, being a potential enemy can also be a friend, and thus be utilized to create novel cancer therapeutics and treatments.(1, Figure 1) A great deal of research ahs centered on using bacteria to reduce the size of tumors. Tumors Read more about Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?[…]


Go with Your Gut—Your Gut Microbiome That Is!

Listeria hysteria! Outbreaks have been popping up in a variety of foods over the years—however, not all infections are created equal. The severity of L. monocytogenes infection, also known as Listeriosis, is dependent on both the host’s immune system and the virulence of the strain.(1) Immunocompromised populations may experience encephalitis, meningitis, bacteremia, miscarriage, gastroenteritis, or Read more about Go with Your Gut—Your Gut Microbiome That Is![…]

Debugging the Mosquito Crisis

One of the deadliest species known to man is Aedes aegypti, also known as the Yellow Fever mosquito. This species of mosquito is capable of carrying and spreading diseases such as chikungunya, zika, yellow fever, and dengue fever to more than half of the world’s population. These diseases are the cause for millions of deaths Read more about Debugging the Mosquito Crisis[…]

Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery

Bacteria are becoming more resistant to drugs while pharmaceutical companies are slowing their antibiotic research. Due to low profits and high time consumption, there are fewer drugs discovered and manufactured by drug companies.(1) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections are a major concern with limited treatment options. Treatment is Read more about Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery[…]

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[…]

The Life of Louis Kelso: Father of the ESOP

“There is no future for those who cannot or will not think.” (Louis O. Kelso, In Lectures and Conversation) Louis Kelso is often credited as the man who invented the ESOP. Hardy Diagnostics owes Louis Kelso a lifetime of gratitude for his ideas as they have helped shaped our company today. The following is a Read more about The Life of Louis Kelso: Father of the ESOP[…]

Isn't It Time We Build a Better Bed Rail?

Isn’t It Time We Build a Better Bed Rail?

Long before Sir Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery of Penicillin in 1928, our ancestors were already putting the antimicrobial effects of metal to use.  Metals such as copper and silver were used as vessels by ancient civilizations to keep their water clean and safe to drink (1). Researchers have also discovered a reference in an ancient Read more about Isn’t It Time We Build a Better Bed Rail?[…]

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[…]

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