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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: December 2014

Pointer's rot: one of the oldest known occupational diseases

Posted by: Roger PooleTue, 30 Dec 2014

Making needles by hand was a risky job because of the likelihood of contracting “Pointer’s rot”, a crippling lung disease caused by inhaling dust from ground metal and grindstone.

What is a hospital ship?

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 24 Dec 2014

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus, a ship that has been helping with the Ebola crisis in west Africa, is equipped with a 100-bed medical complex, but it cannot be classified as a hospital ship. Roger Poole explains.

James Parkinson and the shaking palsy

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 22 Dec 2014

James Parkinson, who discovered the shaking palsy that established Parkinson’s as a recognised medical condition, died 190 years ago on 21 December 1824

Watch your health: could health-tracking technology help reduce NHS burden?

Posted by: Jess BartletWed, 17 Dec 2014

Many people might have received a health-tracking watch or bracelet for Christmas. Jessica Bartlet explains why they are useful tools for individuals and, potentially, the NHS.

Five tips to improve wellbeing from the Wardley workshop

Posted by: Emma PageWed, 17 Dec 2014

Charity Pharmacist Support has recently launched a series of wellbeing workshops for pharmacists, preregistration trainees and pharmacy students. Emma Page shares some tips from the workshop she attended this week.

Beware the psychedelic effects of zombie cucumber

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 12 Dec 2014

Andrew Haynes describes a white flower, the so-called “zombie cucumber”, which can induce hallucinations when ingested.

Paper towels versus hot air hand dryers — which is more hygienic?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 12 Dec 2014

Despite the myth that hot air dryers are more hygienic, Andrew Haynes explains that paper towels are actually better for three important reasons.

The deep-fried Mars bar: an illustration of a bad diet?

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 1 Dec 2014

After analysing a small study in healthy young adults, which found that eating deep-fried Mars bar caused a significant impairment in cerebrovascular reactivity in men, Pam Mason advises sticking to porridge for breakfast.

Gum disease is worse in modern Britain than Roman Britain

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 1 Dec 2014

Pam Mason describes a study from the British Dental Journal, which found that 5% of Roman skulls examined showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease, compared with up to 20% of adults with chronic progressive periodontitis today.

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