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 […]


The Chemistry behind the Opioid Epidemic – in C&EN

In the U.S in 2015, opioid overdoses were responsible for over 33,000 deaths. In this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News, we take a look at the chemicals behind this surge in overdose deaths, and the treatments currently available to reverse opioid overdose and addiction. View the full graphic on the C&EN […]