Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: June 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Actually,it was sunny this morning. So sunny that I put sun lotion on!
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
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 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.
Itwas many years before I remembered to bring wellies to the Glastonbury Festival.What a difference. It was wonderful. But I’m never sure if I have the right
British pubs are known for organising daft events, and I had intended this week to recommend one of the wackiest — the World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship, which has been held annually on 19 June at the Bottle Inn in Marshwood, Dorset, since the 1980s.
I have written in the past about the US pharmacists who invented fizzy drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, initially produced for sale through their drug store soda fountains (PJ, 13 September 2008, p310). I have since learnt that it was also a pharmacist who created the ice cream sundae.
It is generally accepted that the domestic chicken (Gallus domesticus) is descended from the red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) from south-east Asia. The chicken is now found in almost every corner of the world in a bewildering range of breeds, many of which have been specially selected for meat, egg production or ornamental purposes.
The common butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is a patch-forming, perennial plant found in the damper parts of Europe and northern Asia. Its white or pale pink flower-heads, often flushed with purple, are borne on dense erect racemes which appear before the leaves open.
There is a natural law, put into words by retired US college teacher Cecil Baxter, that states: “You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.” This profound insight is known in some quarters as the law of conservation of filth.
In my series of pieces discussing the symbology of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s arms I have now reached the shield’s fourth quarter (ie, bottom right), which depicts the early distillation equipment of “an alembic and receiver”.