Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: August 2012
As a regular swimmer who aims to swim 50 lengths at least three times a week, I was interested in recent research suggesting that swimming could improve vascular function and reduce blood pressure.
The value of zinc supplements as a potential cure for the common cold is controversial. Zinc lozenges, however, have been shown fairly consistently to reduce the duration of a cold and to act rapidly, particularly if they are taken within 24 hours of developing a cold.
Following an earlier piece on the relative lack of adherence to medication among women compared with that of men (PJ 2012;288:572), I began to wonder about the possible reasons why women do not always take their medicines.
It’s so hard to believe that the Olympic Games are now over.
I was overjoyed on receiving notification that we had successfully bought tickets to the Athletics Final, as it was a much anticipated race.
When the name “Footler” was suggested as a nom de plume for my contributions to The Pharmaceutical Journal I took it as a reflection of the freedom I am given to explore almost any subject that catches my eye.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who died from cancer 250 years ago on 21 August 1762, was a prolific letter writer, essayist, feminist and traveller. She was born Mary Pierrepont in 1689 and in 1712 eloped with Edward Wortley Montagu to avoid an arranged marriage.
The Royal Society has awarded this year’s Copley Medal, the world’s oldest scientific prize, to Sir John Walker for his work on ATP synthase. The medal has been awarded since 1731, and previous winners include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
If you put a container of hot water and a container of cold water in a freezer, which freezes first? Although no one knows exactly why, it is the hot water.
Keen Olympics fans may have noticed a higher prevalence of left-handers in interactive sports such as tennis, badminton and table tennis than is found in
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