ACS 2012

 
 
 

The 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society took place August 19-23, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

How alcohol may boost cancer risk

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Published: 08/25/12

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Glasses of red and white wine

Almost 30 years after the discovery of a link between alcohol consumption and certain malignancies, researchers have reported clinical evidence explaining how alcohol may be carcinogenic. The findings could have special implications for people of Asian descent, American Indians, and native Alaskans. Silvia Balbo, PhD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, discussed these findings at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society . . .  [Read Article]

Supplement derived from citrus can aid cancer therapy, speaker says

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Published: 08/23/12

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Oranges

A modified form of a substance found in citrus fruits inhibits a protein that plays a key role in a range of cancers and other inflammatory diseases, according to a presenter at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Isaac Eliaz, MD, of Amitabha Medical Clinic & Healing Center in California, said the protein galectin-3 is elevated in most illnesses characterized by chronic inflammation. And research has revealed high levels of galectin-3 in many . . .  [Read Article]

Tool can measure drug levels in blood in real time

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Published: 08/22/12

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Chemotherapy drugs

A new type of mass spectrometer can help ensure that cancer patients receive the correct dose of chemotherapy, according to a presentation at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The device, called a paper spray ionization mass spectrometer, can monitor blood levels of chemotherapy drugs in real time, said presenter Graham Cooks, PhD, of Purdue University in Indiana. “Many cancer drugs have relatively narrow therapeutic ranges . . . [Read Article]

Artificial platelets halt internal bleeding in mice

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Published: 08/21/12

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Synthetic platelets (in green)
Credit: Erin Lavik, ScD

Synthetic platelets designed to treat internal bleeding in emergency situations have shown promising results in mice, according to research presented at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Erin Lavik, ScD, of Case Western Reserve University, who presented the research, noted that emergency treatments to stop bleeding save thousands of lives each year. “But we have nothing that emergency responders or military medics . . . [Read Article]

Meddling with mating to control malaria

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Published: 08/20/12

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Anopheles gambiae mosquito

Using information about the unique mating practices of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, scientists are zeroing in on a birth control method that could ultimately hinder malaria transmission. Richard H. G. Baxter, PhD, of Yale University, described this approach in a presentation at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, which is taking place August 19-23. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes mate in airborne swarms. To ensure mating . . . [Read Article]

Technology identifies counterfeit drugs faster

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Published: 08/20/12

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Package of counterfeit Altuzan
Photo courtesy of the FDA

Chemists have developed technology that can significantly reduce the time it takes to identify counterfeit drugs, according to a presentation at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. These mass spectrometry (MS)-based methods reduce the time needed to check a drug sample for authenticity from half an hour to a few minutes. The researchers are also working on a prototype of an affordable, portable MS device that could be used out in the field. [Read Article]

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