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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

Wednesday at Glastonbury. Do I have the right wellies?

Posted by: Jim HutchinsThu, 23 Jun 2011

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

Pharmacy at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

Posted by: Jim HutchinsFri, 17 Jun 2011


Grasping (and eating) the nettle

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Jun 2011

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.

Pharmacist creator of the sundae

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Jun 2011

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.

Aylesbury’s famous marching ducks

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 16 Jun 2011

Chickens as a source of plastic

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 9 Jun 2011

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.

Socialising really is good for us

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 9 Jun 2011

Butterbur and prevention of hay fever

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 9 Jun 2011

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.

Slimy-flowered bone-eating worm

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 2 Jun 2011

Baxter’s law of conservation of filth

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 2 Jun 2011

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.

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