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Archive for July, 2007

Quit smoking avoid the munchies

Posted by David Bradley on July 13th, 2007

Rimonabant structureCould a drug that blocks the brain’s cannabinoid (CB1) receptors help people stop smoking without gaining weight? According to a Cochrane Systematic Review, just 20 mg of CB1 antagonist rimonabant each day helps quitters and also helps them avoid the munchies.

Quit smoking avoid the munchies

Europe Sees Red Over Food Coloring

Posted by David Bradley on July 10th, 2007

AnilineThe artificial food coloring known as Red 2G (E128, in the European Union) could soon be banned because of concerns about its safety and a purported risk of cancer arising from its aniline metabolite.

Europe sees red over food coloring…

Pirouetting DIABN

Posted by David Bradley on July 3rd, 2007

4-(diisopropylamino)benzonitrileIt seems to be no coincidence that tens of thousands of molecules line up to pirouette around a photochemical reaction centre, according to German researchers, given the superficial resemblance of the molecule, 4-(diisopropylamino)benzonitrile (DIABN), to a ballet dancer en pointe.

Pirouetting DIABN…