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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: March 2015

The possible benefits of coconut oil

Posted by: David WalshMon, 30 Mar 2015

Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats, there is research to indicate that some types may be beneficial for health and weight loss.

A new structural model for enamel

Posted by: David WalshMon, 30 Mar 2015

Researchers in Illinois have found that rodent enamel is similar in structure to human enamel. This model could help to improve current fluoride treatment and dental health in humans.

Yawning warning: why do we yawn?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 27 Mar 2015

Yawning is contagious, even between members of different species. But why is it that we need to yawn?

The pharmacist who helped Lincoln’s assassin

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 27 Mar 2015

Pharmacist David Edgar Herold helped John Wilkes Booth to escape after he had assassinated Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.

Self-perception and the perception of others

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 27 Mar 2015

Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.

Canine and electronic noses and their medical applications

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 27 Mar 2015

Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.

Winifred Atwell: pharmacist and world renowned musician

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 10 Mar 2015

Pianist Winifred Atwell, who sold more than 30 million records, was also a qualified pharmacist.

Prairie-grass and PCB pollution

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 9 Mar 2015

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental contaminants that have contaminated large areas of agricultural land in the US. Prairie-grass helps to remove PCB pollution.

Promoting public health in a slum region through art

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 9 Mar 2015

In Dharavi, a slum region of Mumbai, India, a recent exhibition used various types of art to raise awareness of public health issues.

Contain eating to a 12-hour window to contain weight

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 5 Mar 2015

Pamela Mason describes research that suggests eating in a confined window of time may help to reduce weight gain.

Could a probiotic pill cure diabetes?

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 5 Mar 2015

Recent news stories have suggested that a new probiotic pill could cure both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, much more research is required before these claims can be substantiated, writes Pamela Mason.

Annoying noises and sound sensitivity

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 2 Mar 2015

People with misophonia experience negative emotions when they hear specific sounds. Separately, phonophobia is the fear of loud sounds.

Swedish men can thank snus for health

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 2 Mar 2015

Swedish men have the lowest level of tobacco-related deaths in Europe. This is likely to be due to their preference for low-nitrosamine oral tobacco (snus) over cigarettes.

The risks and benefits of eating seafood

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 2 Mar 2015

Although eating fish is considered part of a healthy diet, Steve Bremer explains that consuming certain shellfish does come with its own risks.

Dissecting forensics: review of an exhibition

Posted by: Emma PageMon, 2 Mar 2015

A new exhibition, ‘Forensics: the anatomy of crime’, at the Wellcome Collection, London, aims to examine the forensic procedure from the crime scene to the courtroom. Emma Page takes a look.

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