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Beyond pharmacy blog

Acceleration of the United States on-demand genetic testing industry

Posted by: Jessica CussinsMon, 19 Jun 2017

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are making comeback, but there have been concerns about their appropriateness.

Into the unknown: UK pharmacovigilance after Brexit

Posted by: Julia RobinsonWed, 17 May 2017

Julia Robinson reports from a meeting discussing the implications of Brexit on UK pharmacovigilance.

Syria’s chemical weapon of mass destruction

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 17 May 2017

Andrew Haynes explains how the chemical weapon sarin damages the body and eventually kills those exposed to it.

Medicinal plants: Britain’s home-grown wartime allies

Posted by: Briony HudsonTue, 16 May 2017

Briony Hudson summarises a lecture about how medicinal plants were used during the wartime in Great Britain.

Pharmacy history: past, present – and future

Posted by: Briony HudsonWed, 26 Apr 2017

Briony Hudson provides highlights from this year’s British Society for the History of Pharmacy conference, and examines the lack of engagement from pharmacist in pharmacy history.

Panic over “symptomatuc refief” for throat problems

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 16 Feb 2017

The reported shortage of a popular throat mixture has sent panic across the entertainment industry because of its popularity with actors, singers and performers.

Preserving research and development in a post-Brexit era

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 11 Jan 2017

Additional funding for R&D post-Brexit is a welcome move from the UK government, but there are other related issues to consider as well.

Vaccines: under threat by the post-truth populist movement

Posted by: Cynthia LeiferWed, 4 Jan 2017

In a climate where science and facts appear to play second fiddle to post-truth rants on social media, Cynthia Leifer explains why activism and public engagement must become part of the everyday work of scientists and physicians.

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma fined £90m for excessive pricing — what are the implications?

Posted by: Gustaf DuhsFri, 16 Dec 2016

Gustaf Duhs explains the ruling behind the Competition and Markets Authority’s £90m fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma’s excessive drug pricing.

Why mistletoe is dangerous at Christmas

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 7 Dec 2016

Andrew Haynes describes the health risks — or lack of health risks — of popular Christmas plants.

Saint Cosmas and Damian: the patron saints of pharmacy and medicine

Posted by: Szu Shen WongMon, 26 Sep 2016

Szu Wong explains the story behind the Arabian twin brothers who practiced medicine and surgery without a fee.

Syphilis and the use of mercury

Posted by: Szu Shen WongThu, 8 Sep 2016

Sexual Health Week 2016 runs from 12-18 September. Szu Shen Wong, Thibaut Deviese, Jane Draycott, John Betts and Matthew Johnston describe what lies behind a print depicting patients with syphilis from the 18th century.

Why we should be wary about plastic food containers

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 8 Jun 2016

A contributing factor to the rise of premature births and the early onset of puberty may be the use of the chemical BPA in plastic products.

The Queen’s speech – what is it and what does it mean for health policy?

Posted by: Richard RoyalFri, 13 May 2016

The Queen’s speech is likely to address issues surrounding “health tourism” in the UK.

A link between tequila and osteoporosis

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 4 May 2016

Researchers in Mexico have raised the possibility of a new treatment for osteoporosis based on an extract from the plant that is the source of Mexico’s well known spirit drink, tequila.

John Walker, pharmacist and inventor of the match

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 20 Apr 2016

Pharmacist John Walker of Stockton-on-Tees invented the match in the 19th Century.

Health-related exhibitions along Euston Road, London

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 22 Mar 2016

Andrew Haynes describes three health-related exhibitions to visit in central London.

Insomnia treated with single therapy session

Posted by: Steven BremerThu, 4 Feb 2016

Acute insomnia was resolved following a one-hour therapy session in over 70% of cases, according to a UK-based study.

A novel way of harnessing solar power to purify water

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 2 Feb 2016

New research from China shows promise in water purification by harnessing natural processes.

Space motion sickness: combating nausea in space

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 4 Jan 2016

Major Tim Peake travelled to the International Space Station at the end of 2015. Andrew Haynes describes the space motion sickness that often accompanies such missions.

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