2212, 2016
  • C&EN Stress and Anxiety Chemistry Preview

Tackling Stress and Anxiety with Chemistry

December 22nd, 2016|

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Christmas is meant to be a relaxing time spent with family, but gift-shopping and family dinners can sometimes pile on the stress over the holiday period. For others, anxiety is a year-round battle. In this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we take a basic look at the chemical causes of stress, and the medications we currently turn to to help treat it. Click through to the C&EN site to see the full graphic!

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2106, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Foxgloves

The Chemistry of Foxgloves – Poison & Medicine

June 21st, 2016|

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The vibrancy of foxgloves belies their poisonous nature – ingesting even a small amount of the plant can cause unpleasant effects, and in some cases death. However, the same compounds that make it poisonous can also have medicinal uses. This graphic takes a look at them in detail.

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1402, 2016
  • Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2016|

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a brief look at some of the many chemicals involved in the feeling of love. For more on neurotransmitters in general, there’s also this post. Download link for this graphic below, along with links to some extra reading on the topic!

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101, 2016

The Chemistry of a Hangover

January 1st, 2016|

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After yesterday’s new year celebrations, you might well be nursing a sore head this morning after a few drinks too many. This is a chemical consequence of consuming alcoholic beverages, but it’s one that, surprisingly, we still don’t fully understand. There are, however, a number of chemical suspects that have been identified as contributing to the symptoms of a hangover; here, we take a look at each in turn, and the evidence for their contribution.

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3007, 2015
  • Chemical Structures of Neurotransmitters

A Simple Guide to Neurotransmitters

July 30th, 2015|

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Today’s post is an update to this old one on the chemical structures of neurotransmitters. Your thought processes are the results of some pretty complex chemistry, and these compounds are some of the chemical entities involved in it. Below is given a little more detail on each, lifted from the original graphics.

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406, 2015
  • The Chemistry of Stinging Nettles 2016

The Chemistry of Stinging Nettles

June 4th, 2015|

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Doubtless the majority of people reading this will, at some point in their life, have had the unpleasant experience of being stung by stinging nettles. But what chemicals do stinging nettles contain that elicit this effect? Further to that, a commonly espoused remedy for the stings, in the UK at least, is to rub dock leaves on them – but does this actually work, or is it just a widespread myth? This graphic sorts the nettle sting remedy fact from the fiction.

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