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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: August 2009

The perfume of the earth — harnessing the natural essence of stone

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 19 Aug 2009

Supermarket pharmacies often seem to have been squashed into whatever space is available. Some of my regular locum days were spent between the bakery and delicatessen counters. They were days of terrible temptation for a man who needed to lose some weight.

Why we all need to take care of our guts

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 19 Aug 2009

It is said that one in three of us suffers from some form of gut disorder. Clearly many of us do not take adequate care of our digestive health. Putting it bluntly, we do not love our guts.Furthermore, we do not bless our bowels, idolise our ileums or cherish our stool scales either. However, help is at hand.

Collection with a difference

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 19 Aug 2009

Most of us will have formed a collection of one sort or another over the years. It may have been postage stamps or coins or, on a different scale, vintage cars or historic agricultural machinery.

Diagnosis to the sound of music

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Aug 2009

On the University of Michigan website there is a video clip showing microscopic drops of coloured liquid moving jerkily across the screen in time with the notes of a computer-generated version of the jingoistic football song sung by Michigan Wolverines supporters.

The problem with cloppy doggerel

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Aug 2009

The pharmacist who influenced Darwin

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Aug 2009

Much has been written this year (2009) to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin. But I have yet to read anything about the influence on Darwin of Edward Blyth, who was both a naturalist and a pharmacist.

Saluton farmaciistoj

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 6 Aug 2009

More than 900 constructed languages have been “invented” over the past nine centuries. Samples of more than 500 of them are listed in a recently published book, ‘In the land of invented languages’ by Arika Okrent.

Could sirolimus turn out to be the elixir of life?

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 6 Aug 2009

The immunosuppressant drug sirolimus (rapamycin) has been found to extend the lifespan of middle-aged mice by around a third, giving rise to hopes that it could also prolong life in humans.

Father of today’s Olympics

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 6 Aug 2009

Next Thursday, 13 August 2009, is the bicentenary of the birth of William Penny Brookes, the founding father of the modern Olympic Games.

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