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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts by Steven Bremer

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.

Microalgae as a source for antibiotic discovery

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Microalgae represent a virtually untapped source of chemical compounds, potentially including antibiotics.

The key to a bad hangover

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Studies have shown that two key factors that explain why certain individuals are more prone to hangovers are genetics and gut microbiota.

Medical uses for bacteria

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Research is pointing towards bacteria as a useful diagnostic tool in the detection of cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and periodontitis.

The eyes have it (disease, trustworthiness and reaction times)

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Blue-eyed individuals are more likely to suffer from macular degeneration but less likely to suffer from cataracts than darker-eyed people. Additionally, darker-eyed people tend to have faster reaction times to one-off stimuli, but those with blue eyes are likely to be better at tasks requiring longer-term thinking.

All you need know about supernumerary nipples

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Supernumerary nipples (SNs) are relatively common, minor congenital anomalies that are normally benign but are susceptible to hormonal changes and disease processes.

Health rewards only effective for three months

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Incentives that encourage healthy behaviours are only effective for three months, according to research.

Drug breweries of the future

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Genetically modified yeasts could soon provide a source of opiates and other drugs previously only obtainable from plants.

Tackling anaemia with iron fish

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Anaemia is the most common nutritional problem in the world. Adding a fish-shaped piece of iron to cooking pots has helped to tackle the problem in Cambodia.

High heels shown to be high risk

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 11 May 2015

They may look fantastic, but evidence shows that wearing high heels is bad for your health.

Call for global action on fungal infection

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 8 May 2015

A project, launched by the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, aims to diagnose and treat 95% of patients with life- or sight-threatening fungal disease by 2025.

The importance of body odour in malaria

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 8 May 2015

The chances of being bitten by a mosquito are related to genes that control body odour, according to a recent study.

Cracking your knuckles will do you no harm

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

Scientists have used an MRI scanner to observe what happens when you crack your knuckles — a process that does not seem to cause ill health effects.

Health issues for those who stay up late

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

People who stay up late, so-called “night owls”, are more likely to develop particular health issues than those who go to bed early.

Placebo effect genes identified

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

Researchers have identified at least 11 genes that influence individuals’ susceptibility to the placebo effect.

Orange glasses and screen breaks can improve sleep

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 14 Apr 2015

The blue light emitted from some electronic screens can make it difficult to sleep. Steve Bremer explains why.

Self-perception and the perception of others

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 27 Mar 2015

Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.

Canine and electronic noses and their medical applications

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 27 Mar 2015

Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.

Annoying noises and sound sensitivity

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 2 Mar 2015

People with misophonia experience negative emotions when they hear specific sounds. Separately, phonophobia is the fear of loud sounds.

Swedish men can thank snus for health

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 2 Mar 2015

Swedish men have the lowest level of tobacco-related deaths in Europe. This is likely to be due to their preference for low-nitrosamine oral tobacco (snus) over cigarettes.

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