Category Archive: Health

Sep 08

World Seafood Conference 2015

Managing director of Michael Walker Consulting Ltd Michael gave a talk on the 8th of September, at the World Seafood Conference in Grimsby, UK which will run between the 5th and the 10th. This conference aims to build on existing partnerships and create new links between the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) members and …

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Aug 20

How safe is your BBQ? This is how LGC makes sure that it is.

It’s not been the best of summers here in the UK but hopefully you’ve managed to enjoy a BBQ or two… But do you know how safe your BBQ is? Do you know exactly what is on the menu? LGC helps to make sure that your summer BBQ is safe and only makes use of …

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Jul 06

Nanotechnology: The big challenge behind the characterisation of the small

Nanotechnologies are everywhere, from the medicines we take to the food we eat and the sporting equipment we use, but what do we really know about the potential effects when they come into contact with complex matrices and how do we ensure that nanoproducts are safe? The global market for nanomaterials is estimated by the …

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May 28

Anti-microbial resistance: the importance of measurement accuracy

Imagine a world in which your morning shave or an afternoon pottering in the garden poses a major risk to your life. Or the medical breakthroughs that have led to organ transplantation and cancer treatment are no longer viable and no treatment exists. This could be a reality if the “ticking time bomb” of anti-microbial …

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Jul 10

Allergic reactions: a serious consequence of food fraud

LGC now offers the first peanut allergen quality control (QC) materials that have been prepared in the same way as oral food challenge materials used to diagnose peanut allergies. LGC’s new QC reference materials, developed in conjunction with The University of Manchester, can now address difficulties such as ensuring sufficient homogeneity and long term stability, …

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Jul 07

National Transplant Week: the science that saves lives

National Transplant Week 2014 logo

National Transplant Week begins in earnest today with charities across the UK campaigning to encourage people to register as organ donors, tackling the ‘I’ll do it later’ mind-set. There are thousands of people waiting for a life-saving transplant but on average, three people die every day because there are not enough organs available. These numbers …

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Aug 21

We may be exposed to dioxins but how can we maintain Standards?

Sometimes it seems that dioxins are never really that far from the news. Perhaps it started in 1976, when an accident at a chemical manufacturing plant in Italy (in what became known as the Seveso disaster) gave rise to standardised industry regulations known as Seveso II Directive. This was followed in 1983, when a dioxin …

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May 14

Measuring DNA mutations for early breast cancer diagnosis

Researchers at LGC, the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement, have demonstrated new methods for improving the detection of small alterations in the human genome which could offer a more effective tool for diagnosing breast cancer. Normally people carry two copies of each gene – one inherited from their mother and …

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Dec 09

No need to defibrillate yourself like James Bond…just rely on LGC’s digoxin reference materials

You may remember the scene in Casino Royale where James Bond tries to defibrillate himself after being poisoned by a Vesper Martini. He develops ventricular tachycardia, an increased rhythm of the heart, which can lead to ventricular fibrillation and sudden death. His martini had been tainted with digoxin; a drug instrumental in the treatment of …

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Sep 27

Our chemical romance – how chemistry touches our lives

Many people may not realise it, but even while we sleep, our bodies carry out complex chemical reactions, breaking down food substances ingested during the day, to convert them into energy stores required to keep all 50 trillion cells in the body functioning. Chemistry affects almost every aspect of our daily lives, from the fuel …

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