Archive | August, 2011

Yale scientists synthesize huperzine A to combat Alzheimer’s…..

Scientists at Yale University have developed the first practical method to create a compound called huperzine A in the lab. Huperzine A is a naturally occurring sesquiterpene alkaloid compound found in the plant firmoss Huperzia serrata. Huperzine A is also an Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which has a mechanism of action similar to donepezil, rivastrigmine, and galantamine. […]

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Rise in top grades boosts GCSE record

Rise in top grades boosts GCSE record – My son just returned with his GCSE results to a very proud Mum and Dad, and sister, with a clutch of excellent passes in his exams. Very pleased he got an excellent grade in chemistry, although he claims to hate "my" subject. One thing I will say, […]

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Diluting homeopathic advertising

Diluting homeopathic advertising HT @SilvianaJ – The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered online homeopathy advertisers to stop making claims that their treatments work. [Because they don't!] The ASA’s remit was extended to regulating websites in March 2011, since when it says it has received more than 150 complaints about claims for the efficacy of homeopathy. […]

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Neuroprotective Effects of Nicotine

Sixteenth-century Swiss physician, botanist, alchemist, and astrologer Paracelsus* is widely known for his famous observation that “All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous”, generally summarized as “The dose makes the poison”. No better illustration of the dual character of virtually any substance can be […]

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The US Science Job Market: A Conundrum?

A recent report issued by the US Department of Commerce reported that job opportunities in science technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) are increasing in America. The report contends that over the past decade the number of people employed in STEM jobs has increased three times as much as the growth rate for non-STEM jobs […]

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