Category Archive: National Measurement Laboratory

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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Jul 01

Discover what inorganic mass spectrometry can do

Inorganic mass spectrometry has a wide range of potential applications, from reference material development to nanoparticle analysis or pharmaceutical testing, as will be showcased by LGC scientists at the 18th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium (BNASS) on 4 to 6 July 2016. BNASS is the biennial meeting of the RSC Atomic Spectroscopy Group and provides …

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Jun 21

What’s funny about your honey?

This blog continues our series highlighting how scientists at LGC are addressing measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and inform customer decisions during the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, starting today (21 June 2016). Honey is known to have multiple health and nutritional benefits and is in high demand …

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May 25

The importance of iodine – are you drinking enough milk?

Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is of paramount importance. This blog continues our series highlighting how scientists at LGC are addressing measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and protect human health in advance of the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, on 21-22 June 2016. Iodine is …

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May 04

Food safety: how much arsenic is in my rice?

Ensuring the safety of the food we eat is of paramount importance. Scientists at LGC are addressing a number of measurement challenges to support regulation in the food industry and protect human health which we shall highlight over the coming weeks prior to the Government Chemist Conference, Science supporting trust in food, on 21-22 June 2016. …

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Apr 27

Is food allergen analysis flawed?

The Government Chemist Programme and expert collaborators call on Europe to improve the safety and security of food for people with allergies This Allergy Awareness Week we want to highlight the current challenges with food allergen measurements. Food allergy is a rapidly growing problem in the developed world, affecting up to 10 % of children and 2-3 % …

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Mar 24

Tuberculosis: still stuck in Victorian times?

Surprisingly for what many consider to be a long-dead Victorian disease, tuberculosis (TB) remains a problem in the UK and the message of this World TB Day (24 March 2016) “Unite to End TB” is still relevant. The number of cases within the UK has risen over the last 30 years and, although numbers are now …

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Mar 15

Space for measurement science in supporting everyday healthcare decisions

During this year’s British Science Week we are taking the opportunity to highlight work showing that there is a space for measurement science in everyday healthcare decisions. Early-career research scientist Dima Almekdad was selected to present the work described below at the prestigious SET for BRITAIN on 7 March 2016 at the House of Commons, …

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Feb 04

#WeCanICan help fight cancer

Today (4 February 2016) is World Cancer Day and scientists at LGC are already answering the call to do our part in the fight against cancer. For the next three years, from 2016 to 2018, the campaign for World Cancer Day is “We can. I can.”, a campaign designed to call each and every one …

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Oct 12

Isotope ratio analysis: setting the standards

LGC has produced the world’s first reference material certified for carbon isotope ratios traceable to the SI (International System of Units). But why is this important? Food authenticity and forensics Stable isotope ratio analysis can be used to determine food authenticity, for identifying counterfeit drugs and for forensic drug analysis. The analysis provides an isotopic …

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