Category Archives: molecules

A definitive Periodic Table?

My recent Research Highlight on ChemistryViews.org about the nature of the Periodic Table of the Elements attracted a lot of readers and has stimulated an ongoing debate among those arguing as to whether or not there is a definitive format …

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Down to earth with nanotechnology

Emilie Bigorgne of the Université Paul Verlaine – Metz and colleagues suggest that the increasing production of nanomaterials will in turn increase the release of nanosized by-products to the environment. Whether or not these particles will accumulate or be degraded …

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Carisoprodol Soma

Apparently, WWE’s Jeff Hardy has been embroiled in a drugs scandal related to prescription drugs such as carisoprodol (Soma) and steroids. Allegedly, “excessive” amounts of these and other substances were found in his home. Jeff Deville’s column on PWTorch defends …

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Swine Flu and Glutathione Supplements

Could a simple dietary change that increases glutathione, or indeed supplementation with this tripeptide be all you need to boost your immune system and ward of influenza? Evidence mounted for glutathione itself in 2000, when Emory University researchers led by …

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Malaria Drug Fail

The BBC reports today that malaria has started to evolve resistance to the artemesinin family of drugs that are used as the world’s front-line defense against the most prevalent and deadly form of the disease. Artemesinin emerged from a Chinese …

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N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine

N-Acetyl-L-tyrosine is showing up in spam emails and on twitter so I had to take a look to find out what claims are being made for it. I suspected that marketers might be calling it a panacea, and I was …

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