Tag Archives: alcohol

A chemical decathlon

Fish oil fights weight loss due to chemotherapy – A new analysis has found that supplementing the diet with fish oil may prevent muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs in cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Published early online in …

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10 chemical hits: Slinn Pickings

The lock shapes the key – Proteins normally recognize each other by their specific 3-D structure. If the key fits in the lock, a reaction can take place. However there are reactions at the onset of which the key does …

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Too much Festivus cheer?

Too much Festivus cheer? Evergreen hangover advice – Acetaldehyde is the toxic byproduct made by the liver when you drink alcohol, too much in your bloodstream the "morning after, the night before" and you will have a hangover. According to …

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Arty with a Capital F and the Myth of Absinthe

I’ve got a bottle of absinthe, at the back of a shelf in our store-cupboard. Unopened this bottle of green uber-liquor languishes untested awaiting an appropriate occasion when a drink containing 70 percent alcohol (140 proof) is required. It’ll probably …

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Caffeine, Painkillers, and Liver Damage

We recently reported on how acetaminophen can slow bone growth. Now, researchers in the US are warning that consuming large amounts of caffeine while taking acetaminophen, the widely used painkiller, could potentially cause liver damage. The combination of painkiller and …

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Extracting the Urine

According to a recent report in Wired, agents at the FBI labs in Quantico, Virginia, have discovered that chilled samples of urine can spontaneously produce the drug GHB (gamma butyrolactone), commonly known “liquid E” and a well-known date-rape drug involved …

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