Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: October 2012
I have written in the past about hazards caused by things we launch into the air, such as helium balloons (PJ 2009;282:627) and sky lanterns (PJ 2011;287:621).
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters building is just yards from the River Thames at Lambeth Bridge. The first bridge on this site opened 150 years ago this month (November 1862), although plans for a bridge had been drawn up as early as 1734, when the only bridge over the capital’s river was London Bridge.
Round about now, particularly in North America, many people are starting to grow paperwhite narcissi (Narcissus tazetta) to help brighten their homes over the yuletide festive period.
With around 14 million sold every day around the world, the Bic Biro is used, abused and taken for granted on a grand scale that belies its interesting and chequered history.
A raft of pumice larger than the surface area of Israel, and thought to have originated from an underwater volcanic eruption, was recently spotted floating in the Pacific Ocean. But this is not the first sighting of such an enormous floating boulder. Similar rafts drifted around the Pacific for up to 20 years after Krakatoa erupted in 1883.
Increasing resistance to drugs for tuberculosis (TB) is a major health problem worldwide. The most commonly used agents, isoniazid and rifampicin, are often no longer effective.
The term “bioluminescence” describes light produced within an organism by chemical reaction. It needs no energy from another source, unlike biofluorescence, in which proteins absorb external energy and reradiate it.
Most blind people with treatable eye conditions live in developing countries where access to healthcare is limited. However, the promise of more accessible diagnosis and treatment is offered by a modified smartphone developed by Andrew Bastawrous, who has won this year’s Medical Research Council Mark Perutz award.