Category Archive: Health

Oct 14

Standards to foster innovation: the NML at the forefront

Thousands of experts worldwide give significant time and effort each year to develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. These standards contain expert knowledge and best practice and have a wide range of applications – from how to produce reference materials, to state-of-the-art methods to monitor heavy metals in air, to …

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Sep 20

How genotyping is aiding in the fight against malaria

3.2 billion people across 106 countries and territories, live in areas at risk of malaria transmission. The serious and sometime fatal mosquito-borne disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite – in 2015, malaria caused 212 million clinical episodes, and 429,000 deaths. Malaria has been a public health problem in Brazil ever since it was brought to the …

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Aug 11

Space is the place…to experiment

Bugs in Space – ATCC® Microbes are Go! by Lauren Cracknell. Students taking part in the ISSET programme at King’s College, London, have designed and prepared ‘micro-gravity experiments’ using ATCC’s Microbes. The intrepid microbes were launched into space on-board the Falcon 9 rocket and rendezvoused with the International Space Station on 5 June. The aim of …

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Aug 03

Antimicrobial Development: Getting Things Started

LGC Microbiology overview

Developing antimicrobials is a war of attrition, with an unfortunate number of potential compounds falling at one of the many hurdles along the way. I’m keen to support the process and speaking as someone who is a pre-clinical in vitro drug development specialist, the obvious way for me to help is to encourage more molecules …

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Apr 20

Transplant care: ensuring consistency across the globe

Reference materials (RMs) are the cornerstone of accurate and traceable measurements – they are measurement standards which can be used to validate analytical methods, establish traceability and support quality control. A month ahead of World Metrology Day, we look at the use of our certified reference materials (CRMs, reference materials with evidence of metrological traceability …

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Apr 05

Nanotechnology standardisation: for materials 100,000 times smaller than this full stop.

  As the impact of nanotechnologies on human life becomes more prevalent, it is increasingly important to be able to characterise nanomaterials within biological systems and understand their behaviour in order to protect human health and the environment. Significant efforts are being made to ensure the appropriate regulatory frameworks are in place to support this …

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Mar 21

The stress of competition: a novel cortisol assay

Stress biomarkers, such as cortisol, are often used to monitor the effectiveness of an athlete’s training regime. However, levels of cortisol change quickly following exercise and so need to be monitored trackside to determine whether an athlete needs to be rested or whether they can train further and harder the next day. Researchers at LGC …

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Feb 23

Monitoring mercury: measurements to make air cleaner

Air pollution across the EU accounts for more than 400,000 premature deaths and 6.5 million people falling ill each year. It causes significant damages to our natural environment, with almost two thirds of our ecosystems threatened by the effects of air pollution. It is often the primary air pollutants – e.g. nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide …

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Sep 21

Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis: the need for speed

Every three seconds there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world. Dementia is the broad term for brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion, and is a debilitating and currently incurable condition that affects 10.5 million people in Europe and over 46 million people globally. With an aging population this …

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Sep 08

How certain can you be: the need for measurement uncertainty

Thousands of routine measurements are made each day. These measurements vary from clinicians making medical diagnoses, to providing evidence to protect our borders, to safeguarding the quality of our water. However, to have a real understanding of the value of any of these measurements you need to know both its quantity and its quality, i.e. …

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