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chemical

 [kem´ĭ-k'l]
1. pertaining to chemistry.
2. a substance composed of chemical elements, or obtained by chemical processes.

chem·i·cal

(kem'i-kăl),
Relating to chemistry.

Pearl Index

Obstetrics A formula that allows comparison of the efficacy of contraceptive methods, calculated as the pregnancy rate in population divided by 100 yrs of exposure. See Breast feeding, Coitus interruptus, Condoms, Morning-after pill, Contraception, Natural family planning, Norplant, Rhythm method, RU 486.
Pearl index–pregnancies/100 years of use
Physiologic 15-30/100 years: Coitus interruptus, natural family planning (rhythm or safe period), eg calendar method, evaluation of cervical mucosa or temperature, breast feeding
Chemical 15-20/100 years: Contraceptive sponges
Barrier 2-20/100 years: Intrauterine devices, condoms
Hormonal 1-3/100 years
Surgical << 1/100 years: Ligation of fallopian tubes, vas deferens  

chem·i·cal

(kem'i-kăl)
Relating to chemistry.

Patient discussion about chemical

Q. How do you know when depression is chemical or situational? I've been feeling frustrated lately and while I think I show some signs of depression I think it is more a feeling down because of recent changes in my life. Every time I have seen a professional they all want to start me on some drug and having really seen no improvement over the years I swore off them years ago. When is it depression or "My life sucks right now"?

A. Thank you Johanna for sharing this with us.

Q. ADHD medications work on these brain chemicals? Hope you all know about the different types of brain chemicals, so the ADHD medications work on these brain chemicals?

A. Yes Alexzander. The active ingredients in the common ADHD medications are amphetamines. The amphetamines artificially increase the amount of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, speeding up the brain (thus the term “speed” for amphetamines). This makes the frontal area more active, at least while the drug is acting.

Q. How do you tell the difference between chemical burns, and burns from fire? Please don't spare on gross words i would like to know everything there is to burns.

A. Here is a ton of info on both-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_burn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_%28injury%29

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