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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.

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C&EN Medicinal Chemistry

Hepatitis Awareness Month & Hepatitis Treatments – in C&EN

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the U.S. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at some of the basics of hepatitis and its different types, as well as how the drugs used to treat the disease have changed over the years. Click through to see the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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C&EN Medicinal Chemistry

The Chemistry of Allergies and Antihistamines – in C&EN

It’s coming around to the time of year when hay fever strikes! Here’s a look at the chemical cause, and at how some of the medicines you can take to alleviate the symptoms actually work. You can see the full graphic over on the C&EN site.

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Chemunicate Medicinal Chemistry

Combating Chemoresistance: Blocking DNA Repair to Fight Cancer

In 2012, the most recent year for which the information is available, there were 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chemotherapy is a common treatment resort, but it’s by no means a magic bullet, and this is often due to chemoresistance. This latest Chemunicate graphic, made on behalf of Thomas Fleming at the University of Oxford, looks at […]

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Medicinal Chemistry

World Tuberculosis Day – Statistics, Symptoms, and Treatment

24 March is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable – yet 1.8 million people died as a result of it in 2015 alone, meaning it ranks alongside HIV as the world’s most deadly infectious disease. This graphic take a look at the basics of the disease, and how it can be treated.

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Chemunicate Medicinal Chemistry

Finding More Stable Forms of Drugs Using Full Interaction Maps

When pharmaceutical companies manufacture a drug, finding the drug’s most stable form is important. Not only do drugs become less effective as they degrade, limiting their useful shelf life, but if a more stable version of a drug is discovered after it has reached the market, products may end up being withdrawn, costing money. As a […]