Monthly Archives: April 2007

Spiderman v Geckoman

Forget Spiderman, Geckoman is where it’s at, at least so suggests research due to be published in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. According to Nicola Pugno at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, the secret of making a sticky, …

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Chondroitin Fails Arthritis Test

With Vioxx, Arcoxia, and potentially all COX2 inhibitors nixed, to what can sufferers of osteoarthritis turn? Many have sought relief in the supposedly natural ingredients of healthy joints – chondroitin and its agent glucosamine. However, there was scant evidence that …

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Vioxx Follow-up Arcoxia Nixed

The discovery of the life-threatening effects of Vioxx led to its rapid withdrawal by manufacturer Merck under pressure from drug agencies. Now, the successor to the notorious osteoarthritis drug, Arcoxia, is to be banned by the Food and Drug Administration. …

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Stay Calm, Beat Cancer

A constant flux of the stress hormone, released by the adrenal glands, could underpin certain forms of prostate and breast cancer. According the George Kulik and his colleages at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, epinephrine can change these cells …

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Spinneret Secret Unraveled

Spider silk is “pound for pound” stronger than steel and has a greater elasticity than rubber. Such properties would make it a rather useful material for a large variety of medical and engineering applications if only it could be made …

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A Tasty Approach to Flavanoids

The flavanone structure is a tough act to swallow, synthetically speaking. Its the common skeleton for flavonoids and other compounds in plant-derived food and drink, such as red wine, dark chocolate, green tea, soy, milk thistle, kosam root, and citrus …

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