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Legal highs: Single method for 143 drugs

Date: Jul 15, 2015

Author: Steve Down

A single LC/MS method for 143 legal highs across different chemical classes which has been developed by scientists in Poland will help forensic and clinical labs to keep pace with the escalating number of new substances on the market.

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Journal Highlight: Plasma-based ambient mass spectrometry techniques: The current status and future prospective

Date: Jul 6, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

An overview is presented of the key concepts, mechanisms and applications of plasma-based ambient mass spectrometry techniques, and the challenges and outlook are discussed.

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Malondialdehyde in humid air: SIFT monitoring for diseases

Date: Jul 2, 2015

Author: Steve Down

Malondialdehyde has been measured in humid air by SIFT mass spectrometry, providing the means to test for this lipid peroxidation product in the air above biological fluids as a marker of infection and disease.

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Agrochemical trisiloxane surfactants: Accumulation in flowers by LC/MS

Date: Jun 16, 2015

Author: Steve Down

Scientists in the US who have been studying the effects of trisiloxane surfactants on honeybees have developed a method to characterise these polymeric compounds in agrochemicals and floral extracts.

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Journal Highlight: Cocoa content influences chocolate molecular profile investigated by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Date: Jun 8, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

MALDI-TOF MS analysis of the low-molecular-mass profile has been used to classify chocolate samples according to the cocoa content, allowing unknown samples to be assigned to the main chocolate categories.

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Lending a hand: Cocaine metabolites in fingerprints confirm drug taking

Date: Jun 1, 2015

Author: Steve Down

A new drugs test for cocaine detects its two principal metabolites in latent fingerprints, paving the way for a rapid test that can distinguish simple contact from actual use.

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Condom classification: Ambient mass spec distinguishes brands

Date: May 15, 2015

Author: Steve Down

The chemicals found in condoms can be used to distinguish different brands by two ambient mass spectrometry techniques, providing extra forensic evidence which might help to identify criminal suspects.

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Journal Highlight: The inversion of aragonite to calcite during the sampling of skeletal archives: Implications for proxy interpretation

Date: May 11, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The stable isotope variability associated with sample milling from aragonitic organisms commonly used for paleoclimate studies has been examined.

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Methylmalonic acid in serum: LC/MS method for this vitamin B12 indicator

Date: May 1, 2015

Author: Steve Down

A new method for measuring methylmalonic acid in serum as a measure of vitamin B12 deficiency is based on LC/MS, offering a more rapid and efficient procedure for the next NHANES cycle in the USA.

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Sunscreen ratings: Protection factors by mass spec imaging

Date: Apr 15, 2015

Author: Steve Down

The sun protection factor of sunscreens can be estimated in vitro using mass spectrometry by measuring the levels of the filter compounds that have protective activity.

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