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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: September 2013

Diesel and his engine

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 25 Sep 2013

Fat hen for lame horses

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 25 Sep 2013

Fat hen, Chenopodium album, is a native, annual summer flowering plant, found on cultivated land and waste ground. It can be an invasive and troublesome weed, particularly among root vegetable crops, although in Britain it is often grown alongside sugar beet to act as a trap crop for the beet leafhopper insect.

New hope in deadly fungal infections

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 25 Sep 2013

World’s biggest volcano at the bottom of the sea

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 18 Sep 2013

Because I plan to visit Iceland next year, I am beginning to develop more than a passing interest in volcanoes. However, the earth’s biggest volcanoes may be found under the sea rather than above it. A mega-volcano found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and described recently in Nature Geoscience, is being reported as the largest single volcano on Earth.

Richard III's roundworm

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 18 Sep 2013

My continuing interest in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III (see also Hourglass, PJ 2013;290:580) caused me to stop to read a small article in The Lancet, which described some new findings that the king had been infected with roundworms.

Pear-shaped vs apple-shaped bodies

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 18 Sep 2013

“Apple-shaped” people — those with fat concentrated around the abdomen — have long been thought to be more at risk for conditions like heart disease and diabetes than the “pear-shaped” — those carrying weight more in the hips, buttocks and thighs.

Lambeth maritime link

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 11 Sep 2013

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters is miles from the open sea, and yet it has two close neighbours that are dedicated to maritime issues.

Recollecting Grey Owl

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 11 Sep 2013

Next Wednesday, 18 September 2013, is the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Canadian First Nations environmentalist, writer and lecturer known as Grey Owl.

Wasabi as bactericide and smoke alarm

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 11 Sep 2013

If you enjoy sushi, you will be familiar with the glob of green wasabi paste glooped onto the side of your plate. And, if you are partial to oriental nibbles, you may well have snacked on peas or peanuts coated with wasabi.

Jiggers or chiggers?

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 4 Sep 2013

Pharmacists pride themselves on being available to offer advice and answer questions. These questions may be disconcerting (“What is taking so long? It’s only a few pills!”) or they may be unexpected. “Do birds have taste buds?” is one I recall. (They do, but relatively few).

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