Category Archives: Medicine

Chemistry of Morphine, Heroin, and Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

You’ve heard the warnings – don’t eat poppy seeds before taking a drug test. The seeds can trigger a false positive reading for opioids, making your potential employer think you could be a heroin addict. A few years back, Mythbusters … Continue reading

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Blinged-Out Fat Blob Nanotrucks for Targeted Drug Delivery

Targeted drug delivery is a popular area of research that melds together the disciplines of chemistry, medicine, and materials. The basic idea is to develop ways to give a person a and somehow get that medicine to go to exactly … Continue reading

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Blood Vessel Growth Inhibitors Mediate Negative Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Doctors and researchers have observed an improvement in the survival rate of cancer patients when they are given a combination of a chemotherapeutic drug (cancer-killing drug) and an antiangiogenic drug (a drug that inhibits the growth of new blood vessels). … Continue reading

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Trespassing Viruses Will Be Killed on Contact

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to start thinking about the flu!

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Dad’s Bad Eating Habits Can Cause Metabolism Problems in Children

A recent study published in Nature reveals that a person’s risk of developing diabetes could be strongly influenced by their father’s bad eating habits back before he became a dad.

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Pass Me the Insulin, I’m Glowing Again

New technology could allow for continuous blood glucose monitoring by checking if a patch of your skin is glowing or not.  A paper published in this week describes a development that sounds like a crazy idea… so crazy that it … Continue reading

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