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Cannabidiol (CBD): Medicine from hemp – in C&EN

The first CBD-containing drug was approved in the US in 2018. This graphic looks at what this drug, Epidiolex, is used to treat and whether the increasing number of CBD supplements are effective. View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.

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Biochemistry Medicinal Chemistry

What’s in an epidural? – Medications for labour and birth

As you might have picked up from previous pregnancy-related posts on the site (here and here), my wife and I have been expecting our first child. During labour and birth, terms like ‘epidural’, ‘gas and air’ and ‘induction of labour’ get thrown around, but what specific drugs do these involve? How do they work? What […]

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Biochemistry Chemunicate Medicinal Chemistry

From toxin to tonic: improving cone snail toxin stability for medical use

Cone snail toxins can be deadly to humans – but they also have potential uses in anaesthesia and to treat other medical conditions. This latest Chemunicate graphic takes a look at one way scientists are trying to optimise them for this use.

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C&EN Medicinal Chemistry

40 years of platinum drugs for cancer – in C&EN

2018 marks 40 years since the FDA first approved cisplatin, a platinum-containing drug to treat cancer. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how it works and some of the other platinum-containing drugs that followed. Click through to see the full version of the graphic on the C&EN site.

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Biochemistry Medicinal Chemistry

What links snowdrops, Alzheimer’s disease, and chemical warfare?

Snowdrops and chemical warfare aren’t two things you’d expect to mention in the same sentence. However, there’s a surprising link between the two thanks to a compound found in these winter flowers. This graphic looks at this compound and how it helps treat both Alzheimer’s disease and nerve agent poisoning.

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Chemistry History Medicinal Chemistry

Today in Chemistry History: Gertrude B Elion and drug discovery firsts

Today, 23 January, marks the birthday of Gertrude B Elion, a chemist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on drug treatments and the discovery of several drugs used to treat a variety of diseases. This graphic takes a look at some of the key medicines she discovered.