Preserved mosquitoes create a buzz for NIR spectroscopy

NIR spectroscopy is proving to be quite handy at identifying species of mosquito that transmit malaria, even after the mosquitoes have been frozen or dried and then stored for almost a year.

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Yet another wearable NIR device: this time underwater

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new NIR-based tool to help reach their goals.

Early cancer diagnosis with NIR spectroscopy

NIR spectroscopy could potentially be used to diagnose colorectal cancer, say Chinese scientists.

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NIR spectroscopy points the way to mountain climbing without the headaches

By monitoring blood flow in the brains of six climbers scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, German medical researchers have identified a possible way to prevent the headaches that are a common feature of altitude sickness. This work appears in the latest issue of JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

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NIR shows the benefits of telling the truth

Researchers at the University of Toronto have used functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to show that a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit. These studies were published recently in the neuroscience journals Neuropsychologia (doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.12.018) and NeuroImage (doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.10.023).

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Refinements to NIR spectroscopy during clinical MRI improve breast cancer diagnostics

Combined MRI/NIR spectroscopy may benefit women whose mammogram showed an abnormality and requires further testing to rule out cancer.

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