Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: February 2011
It has long been assumed that man’s effect on the atmosphere’s carbon levels began with the industrial revolution of the 18th century, but recent research suggests that human activity may have had a much earlier influence.
Like most PJ readers, I know the importance of hand washing before finger tip blood sampling, but my eye was recently caught by a paper in Diabetes Care about glucose monitoring after peeling fruit.
If you are concerned about eating meat because of the contribution of livestock to greenhouse gas emissions but are not averse to other animal proteins, you may be interested in a recently published paper in the journal PLoS ONE.
Monday 21 February 2011 sees the start of National Dairy Week, which promotes the value of milk and dairy foods in a healthy balanced diet.
On a trip to Hong Kong eight years ago (2003) I tried to book a visit to the Mai Po nature reserve in the New Territories. But I was told that it was temporarily closed to protect visitors from the risk of infection with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
The other day, while leafing idly through the pages of the internet, I discovered that next Tuesday, 15 February (2011), is the centenary of the death of Theodor Escherich. That surname should ring a bell with all pharmacists, since it was he who discovered the intestinal bacterium now named in his honour, Escherichia coli.
The waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a plump, colourful, starling-sized bird that breeds in the coniferous woodlands of northern Scandinavia.
The Blists Hill Victorian Town museum at Ironbridge in Shropshire is a fascinating place to explore. It attracted attention in 2010 when the producers of the television series “Victorian Pharmacy” used it to recreate the scene at an everyday pharmacy of the period.