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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: June 2014

Make yourself invisible to mozzies

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 30 Jun 2014

For many years we have tried to avert the attention of mosquitoes and other icky insects by smothering ourselves in substances that these pesky little critters find repellent. By smearing our skin with gunk that smells unpleasant to flying insects, we hope that they will buzz off elsewhere and pester someone else.

Samuel Pepys visits Barnet’s physic well

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 30 Jun 2014

A trip down memory lane to the origin of an old medicinal well.

Earl Grey and the Chinese mandarin

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

As a change from my usual supermarket blend, I enjoy an occasional cup of Earl Grey tea, with its distinctive flavour provided by the addition of bergamot oil.

Drugs and driving

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

Bystander tells the story of John Nestor, an acclaimed pharmacovigilance offer who suffered a loss of popularity thanks to his driving style

Bystander effect

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

Have you heard of the bystander effect? It is a weird phenomenon whereby, when an emergency arises, the more bystanders there are, the less likely it is that any of them will intervene to help.

Singing and natural selection

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 11 Jun 2014

They arrive in the UK in April and, if you live in the south of England, you may have been lucky enough to hear their beautiful singing, although they are difficult to spot. If you have not heard one yet, you may have missed your chance because they generally sing only until early June and leave for warmer climes from July onwards.

Finding uses for sensory blending

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 11 Jun 2014

Synaesthesia can be described as a “union of the senses”, where two or more of the five senses are involuntarily and automatically joined together. Some synaesthetes experience colour when they hear sounds or read words. Others experience tastes, smells, shapes or touches in almost any combination.

Food, not so glorious food

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 11 Jun 2014

Oncolytic virotherapy

Posted by: Glow-worm PJTue, 3 Jun 2014

Glioblastomas are tumours arising from star-shaped cells called astrocytes, which make up the supportive tissue of the brain. They are highly malignant because the cells divide quickly and are supported by a large network of blood vessels. They also have finger-like tentacles that make complete surgical removal almost impossible, and treatment has traditionally consisted of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

George Wells Beadle

Posted by: Glow-worm PJTue, 3 Jun 2014

The Nobel prize winning geneticist George Wells Beadle died 25 years ago on 9 June 1989. Born on 22 October 1903, in Wahoo, Nebraska, he graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1926 and began working on the genetics of wheat, for which he was awarded his PhD in 1931.

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