All Medicinal chemistry articles – Page 7

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    The Mole

    Antimalarial drugs


    Approximately one million people die annually from malaria worldwide. Tragically, 90 per cent of these deaths are among the under-fives in sub-Saharan Africa, who have little if any access to adequate healthcare. Drugs are used to treat the disease but parasitic resistance to these drugs is growing, so what is the alternative?

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    Microbial iron scavengers


    Medicinal and analytical chemists take their cue from micro-organisms' ability to bind to iron in the design of new drugs and sensors

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    Phenols in medicine


    Phenol encountered in school or college chemistry laboratories demands special respect on account of its toxic and corrosive nature. But phenol and its derivatives do have a few medicinal surprises

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    Spicing up Chemistry


    Spices have been used in cooking since Roman times, and were believed to be important as antiparasitic agents and as gastrointestinal protectants in the diet

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    Chemistry, medicine and genetic analysis


    In the near future, doctors will be able to carry out a 'while you wait' test, using genetic analysis, for chlamydia, the silent disease that can lead to infertility in women. 

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    Pain relief: from coal tar to paracetamol


    Analgesics, ie pain-relieving drugs, fall into two categories: those that also reduce body temperature in fevers (antipyretics), and those that act mainly on the brain - typically morphine and diamorphine/heroin. Here we consider members of the first group, particularly those once designated 'coal tar analgesics'. Paracetamol, our most popular over-the-counter pain killer, is one of these.