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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: February 2012

Pharmacist at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Posted by: Sunita GillWed, 29 Feb 2012

I am thrilled to say that I am one of 100 Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that have been selected from over a thousand that applied to be working as a games maker at the 2012 Olympic Games. Why, I hear you wonder would I want to be part of this.Well the answer is simple.

Four-yearly bonus day

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 23 Feb 2012

Since 2012 is a leap year, we gain a bonus day next week. Wouldn’t it be great if it was a real bonus — a national holiday?

Seven-year itchiness

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 23 Feb 2012

We all know the expression “seven-year itch”, referring to the notion that married men feel the urge to stray by the seventh year of wedded life. The expression dates from the early 19th century, but it only acquired its popular modern meaning with the success of the 1955 Billy Wilder film “The seven year itch”, starring Marilyn Monroe.

Pharmacist, jailbird and noted author

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 23 Feb 2012

I learnt recently that a literary figure whose works I enjoy began his career as a pharmacist.

Useful effing analgesic

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 16 Feb 2012

A randomly chosen expletive is a natural response to accidentally cutting a finger or stubbing a toe, but a good curse has been shown to serve a useful purpose in such circumstances, by increasing pain tolerance.

Amerigo’s New World

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 16 Feb 2012

Amerigo Vespucci, the man after whom America was named, died 500 years ago this week. The Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer made at least three voyages to the New World, and became Spain’s chief of navigation.

Bowl of Hygieia, a symbol of pharmacy

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 16 Feb 2012

The Bowl of Hygieia has been used as a symbol of the pharmaceutical profession for over 200 years, at least since 1796 when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian society of pharmacy. It was later been adopted by a number of national pharmacy associations, including those of the US, Canada, Australia and Pakistan, as well as the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Helminths for health?

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 9 Feb 2012

Parkinsonism hope

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 9 Feb 2012

Parkinson’s disease attacks the substantia nigra of the brain, which is responsible for the control of movement. In Parkinson’s sufferers, damage to the mitochondria in the dopaminergic neurones of the brain, along with a build-up of harmful by-products, causes depletion of these neurones.

Clavius: leap year calculations still hold

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 9 Feb 2012

Sunday 12 February 2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Christopher Clavius, the Jesuit mathematician and astronomer, who was born in Bamberg, Franconia (now part of Bavaria), on 25 March 1538.

Graphene layer found to be invisible to water

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 2 Feb 2012

Having written before about graphene, Hourglass was interested to see some new research published in Nature Materials on this extremely thin nanomaterial, which is derived from graphite.

What price your soul?

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 2 Feb 2012

Which of your personal values would you refuse to disavow even if you were offered money to do so? Researchers from Emory University in the US have conducted a neuro-imaging study with the aim of finding out how people make decisions relating to values they hold dear.

Great Ormond Street’s link to Dickens

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 2 Feb 2012

Readers will no doubt know that 7 February 2012 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. But how many will know of his link with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital?

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