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Tainted toys: Portable testing with ambient ionisation

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Author: Steve Down

Three ambient ionisation techniques have been coupled with a miniature mass spectrometer for the analysis of regulated compounds in toys, providing a rapid and sensitive method to rival traditional methods that could be taken into the field.

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Journal Highlight: Recent applications of gas chromatography with high-resolution mass spectrometry

Date: Feb 5, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

This review is focused on the development and the most interesting applications of gas chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry towards analysis of environmental matrices, biological fluids, and food safety since 2010.

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Palaeolithic glues: High-resolution mass spectrometry classification

Date: Feb 1, 2018

Author: Steve Down

The secrets of Palaeolithic glues will be unearthed more readily using a new method that combines 2D GC with high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry and allows lower headspace SPME temperatures to be used, preserving artefact integrity.

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Alternative tobacco products: Dokha is not as safe as people might think

Date: Jan 15, 2018

Author: Steve Down

A comprehensive analysis of Dokha tobacco, an increasing popular alternative smoking product, has identified harmful amounts of toxic metals in the ash and a number of toxic organic compounds in the smoke, including carcinogens and irritants.

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Journal Highlight: Rapid identification of microorganisms from platelet concentrates by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry after short-term incubation on liquid medium

Date: Jan 8, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The sensitivity, specificity and speed of a direct MALDI-TOF approach for detecting bacteria in platelets have been compared to the conventional method BACTEC.

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Nickel contact allergy: Imaging mass spectrometry

Date: Jan 3, 2018

Author: Steve Down

The penetration and distribution of nickel in human skin can be traced using imaging mass spectrometry, a visualisation process that will be useful for studies on contact allergens.

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Big cat diets: Whisker isotopes track prey

Date: Dec 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

The growth rate and stable isotope distribution of lion and leopard whiskers have been measured as a basis for mapping the diets of animals in the wild.

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Journal Highlight: Metabolomics toward personalized medicine

Date: Dec 4, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Metabolomics strategies and studies that focus on the discovery of biomarkers that have "personalized" diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic value, validated for monitoring disease progression and responses to various management regimens, have been compared and evaluated.

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In utero cannabis exposure: Umbilical cord assessment

Date: Dec 1, 2017

Author: Steve Down

An international team of scientists has developed a way to measure cannabis in the umbilical cord, allowing clinicians to assess the risks to newborns without relying on the word of their mothers.

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New psychoactive substance in blotter paper: Ambient mass spectrometry imaging

Date: Nov 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

Mass spectrometry imaging using an ambient ionisation technique has been used to map a recently discovered phenylethylamine novel psychoactive substance (NPS) in blotter paper where GC/MS failed to detect it.

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