1810, 2016

The Chemistry of Cold Medicines – in C&EN

October 18th, 2016|

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Having been struck down by a cold over the past few days, I was reminded of this old edition of Periodic Graphics that appeared in C&EN last year, which looks at the chemistry of cold medicines. I’m definitely grateful for a number of these right now! Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic. There’s also a post that looks at decongestants in a little more detail here, and one on throat lozenges here.

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908, 2016
  • A Guide to Doping In Sports

A Brief Guide to Doping in Sports

August 9th, 2016|

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The Rio Olympics are underway, and after a build-up that’s already been marred by the Russian doping scandal, officials will be on the look-out for athletes trying to gain an edge by using performance-enhancing drugs. What types of drugs will they be looking for, and why might athletes be tempted to use them in the first place? This graphic takes a look at some of the major classes of banned substances and the reasons that they are banned.

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308, 2016
  • Russian Doping Preview

The Chemistry Behind the Russian Doping Scandal – in C&EN

August 3rd, 2016|

The run-up to the Rio Olympics has been overshadowed by a number of issues, not least of which is the doping scandal surrounding Russian competitors. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at the alleged chemical cocktail that was used to dope Russian athletes at the 2012 London Games and in the 2014 Sochi Winter […]

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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1103, 2016
  • Guide to Disinfectants & Antiseptics

A Brief Summary of Disinfectants & Antiseptics

March 11th, 2016|

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Ever wondered what compounds help kitchen cleaners keep your kitchen surfaces bacteria free? Or about the compounds that help antiseptic creams do their job? In this graphic, we take a look at some of the compounds used for antisepsis and disinfection, and where they’re commonly used. There’s also a look at how they all work in the article below!

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1601, 2016
  • The Drug Discovery Process

Understanding the Drug Discovery Process

January 16th, 2016|

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Drug testing was in the news on Friday – though this time it wasn’t the usual sports doping headlines, but instead news of the clinical trial of a drug gone tragically wrong in France. Of the 90 people given the drug in a phase 1 clinical trial, one has been left with permanent brain damage, and another five are still hospitalised. What is a phase 1 clinical trial? That’s what this graphic aims to explain, as well as outlining the whole drug discovery process.

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