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Submitted by ianm on 13 December 2012 - 2:11pm
A novel application of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy offers skin specialists the ability to monitor skin for medical and cosmetic purposes in a cost-effective and harmless manner.
Skin thickness is an important skin property in cosmetology, dermatology and pharmaceutical science. It varies significantly between the face and other body parts, and changes with age and environment factors.
Submitted by ianm on 6 December 2012 - 2:34pm
Scientists from New Zealand, Austria and the UK have created the world’s smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume that can be measured in femtolitres (million billionths of a litre).
Submitted by ianm on 24 September 2012 - 4:09pm
A novel near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy imaging technique can determine the hardness of maize (corn) grains without destroying them, says a new paper* in JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. This new technique could offer food processors huge savings in time and money compared to other methods for determining grain hardness.
Submitted by ianm on 24 September 2012 - 4:07pm
In 2010 breast reconstruction entered the Top Five list of reconstructive procedures in the US, with 93,000 procedures performed, up 8% from 2009, and 18% from 2000. This is among the most common skin flap procedure performed. In a paper published in JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Dr Mike Sowa and his team at the National Research Council Canada report pre-clinical results showing the potential of NIR spectral imaging for intra-operative skin flap assessment.
Submitted by ianm on 8 August 2012 - 12:41pm
Whilst the eyes of the world may currently be focused on the Olympics, human sport is not the only area where drug testing is routinely carried out. Horse racing is a massive world-wide industry, and regular testing is essential to maintain its integrity. A new mass spectrometry method for detecting the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA), peginesatide, in horse serum is described in an article published in EJMS—European Journal of Mass Spectrometry.
Submitted by ianm on 28 March 2012 - 6:52pm
There is an increasing demand by medical providers and their patients for diagnostic and monitoring tests which are rapid, inexpensive, non-invasive, are portable, do not require major infrastructure, are suitable for use with infants through to the elderly and require minimal technical training for the operating staff. Near infrared or NIR spectroscopy offers these advantages and is on the verge of entering everyday clinical use.