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Metabolite-Rich Pee May Offer Doctors New Diagnostic Tool
2013-09-05 13:45:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pee can do more than hint at whether or not you ate asparagus, instead it is giving doctors another diagnostic tool. Researchers at the University of Alberta, publishing a paper in the journal PLoS ONE, said that they found that urine contains more than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" that have significant implications for medical, nutritional, drug and environmental testing. "Urine is an incredibly complex biofluid. We had no idea...

2011-02-24 23:37:54

After three years of exhaustive analysis led by a University of Alberta researcher, the list of known compounds in human blood has exploded from just a handful to more than 4,000. "Right now a medical doctor analyzing the blood of an ailing patient looks at something like 10 to 20 chemicals," said U of A biochemist David Wishart. "We've identified 4,229 blood chemicals that doctors can potentially look at to diagnose and treat health problems." Blood chemicals, or metabolites, are routinely...

2006-05-02 17:30:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- Smoky, honey, body, sweetness, medicinal, tobacco, spicy, winey, nutty, malty, fruity and floral. For anyone trying to pick the perfect single malt whisky, these are the 12 "cardinal flavors" identified by a Scottish academic to tickle the tastebuds of connoisseurs around the world. After sampling malt whiskies at almost 100 Scottish distilleries, Dr David Wishart is still standing -- and his classification has won official endorsement from the Scotch Whisky...


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