204, 2015
  • The Chemistry of Throat Lozenges

The Chemistry of Throat Lozenges

By |April 2nd, 2015|

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I’ve been suffering the effects of a sore throat these past few days (the curse of the end of term cold), which inevitably got me thinking about the chemical compounds in the throat lozenges I’ve been binging on. Whilst there are a range of possible active ingredients, many throat lozenges use one (or two) of three particular compounds. This graphic takes a look at them, and how they help provide relief!

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1002, 2015
  • Medicinal Chemistry - Common Components of Vaccines

A Summary of Common Vaccine Components

By |February 10th, 2015|

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The recent measles outbreak in the US has once again provoked discussion over vaccinations, and why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children despite the benefits of doing so. Whilst not the only factor, part of the blame lies with misinformation about the chemical composition of vaccines and the effects these compounds can have. This graphic summarises some of the key components in vaccines, as well as clarifying their purpose and safety in the concentrations present.

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302, 2015
  • The Chemistry of Oral Contraceptives

The Chemistry of Oral Contraceptives

By |February 3rd, 2015|

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You may have read in the news over the past few days about the passing of Carl Djerassi, the chemist (and later, novelist) who is best known for his discovery of the first oral contraceptive. This discovery led to something of a social revolution, putting the power of contraception firmly in the hands of women, as well as changing sexual attitudes. This graphic looks at the some of the common chemicals used in oral contraceptives, and how they work.

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2001, 2015
  • Classes of Antidepressants Summary

Major Classes of Antidepressants

By |January 20th, 2015|

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You might have noted that yesterday was ‘Blue Monday’ – lauded as the most depressing day of the year. You might also be aware that Blue Monday was actually the construct of a Sky Travel marketing campaign several years ago, and is complete pseudoscience. Still, it seemed like as good an excuse as any to throw together this graphic, which looks at some of the different classes of antidepressants, and to discuss a little of how they work.

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801, 2015
  • Teixobactin - A New Antibiotic

Teixobactin: A New Antibiotic, and A New Way to Find More

By |January 8th, 2015|

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If you’ve read any science news over the past day or so, you’ll have noticed it’s been dominated by stories about the discovery of a new antibiotic, teixobactin. There’s a reason that the scientific community is so excited by its discovery, but in truth, it’s the method which was used to discover it as much as the compound itself that’s drawn attention. Today’s graphic gives you a run-down of the key points.

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601, 2015
  • The Chemistry of Decongestants

The Chemistry of Decongestants

By |January 6th, 2015|

It’s that time of year where a fair few of us (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) are probably suffering from a cold of some description. The common symptom, that of a blocked nose, is probably one of the most irritating, but thankfully, nasal decongestants exist to provide relief. But how do they work?

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