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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: June 2011

Human super-organism

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 30 Jun 2011

Super-organisms consist of many organisms, with a highly specialised division of labour, where individuals cannot survive independently for any extended period. They exhibit reproductive division of labour and co-operative care of the young.

Naming new elements

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 30 Jun 2011

In June it was announced that two new elements had been verified, with atomic numbers 114 and 116. They were given the provisional names ununquadium, and ununhexium.

Consigning poliomyelitis to history

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 30 Jun 2011

Much publicity was given recently to the announcement by Microsoft founder Bill Gates that he is prepared to donate $10bn of his own money in an effort to eradicate poliomyelitis within the next five years.

Sunday at Glastonbury. This isn’t just Pharmacy, this is Rock’n’Roll.

Posted by: Jim HutchinsMon, 27 Jun 2011

Finally we awoke to beautiful clear skies and we knew it would be scorching today. Of course by the time we wandered out, we were already complaining “It’s too hot!” I decided it wasn’t a welly day (although there were still muddy areas) and it was great to step out in a pair of trainers.

Saturday at Glastonbury. Healing, Heat & Homoeopathy.

Posted by: Jim HutchinsSun, 26 Jun 2011

BeforeI went to bed, I hung my wellies upside-down over poles to let the rain washthe mud off. The mud was still there! At last. The weather was changing!

Friday at Glastonbury. A damp start.

Posted by: Jim HutchinsSat, 25 Jun 2011

Actually,it was sunny this morning. So sunny that I put sun lotion on!

Thursday at Glastonbury. The sun comes out.

Posted by: Jim HutchinsFri, 24 Jun 2011

Thesun came out and then it rained, and then the sun came out . . . .  I awoke tothe rain hammering on the tent, but the sun soon came out and the whole morning

New type of fruit juice interaction

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 23 Jun 2011

Grapefruit juice is well known to affect the metabolism of several drugs, including felodipine and other dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, buspirone, ciclosporin, simvastatin and atorvastatin. It has the potential to increase blood levels of these drugs by inhibiting the intestinal cytochrome-P450 enzyme CYP3A4 and the intestinal drug efflux pump P-glycoprotein.

Telomeres throw light on stress

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 23 Jun 2011

Telomeres are stretches of DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes, and thus the integrity of the genome. They have been the subject of an increasing number of research studies over the past two decades, mostly because of the finding that they shorten with ageing.

A life devoted to amino acid research

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 23 Jun 2011

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