Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Zinc complexes as anti-microbial wound dressings – Scientists in the UK have made metal-containing thin films that can be incorporated into wound dressings or on surfaces to kill microbes and bacteria in hospitals.
  • Endosulfan banned as agreement is reached with India – A global ban on the pesticide endosulfan has been introduced after initial resistance from the Indian government was overcome.
  • Ecstasy substitute poses major health risks – Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University haves shown that one of the most common 'legal high' designer drugs, benzylpiperazine, is not only dangerous when it's taken – repeated consumption poses major health risks.
  • RSC Belgium News: Res Metallica on Mendeleev – RSC Belgium treasurer, Rita Woodward, reports for RSC Belgium News on the Res Metallica Symposium on ‘The Periodic Table of Mendeleev’ that took place on Wednesday May 4 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven(KULeuven).
  • Anticancer drug found to cause zinc deficiency - Cisplatin is responsible for abnormally low zinc levels in patients undergoing chemotherapy, say scientists in China and the UK.
  • Exercise protects the heart via nitric oxide, researchers discover – Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have identified the ability of the heart to produce and store nitric oxide as an important way exercise protects the heart from injury.

Chemist and writer Robert Slinn picks six of the best for his regular web column on Reactive Reports – Slinn Pickings.

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