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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: May 2015

A cheap and easy arsenic filter for drinking water

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 29 May 2015

Arsenic is among the world’s most common environmental pollutants, but the methods for removing it are often too expensive for use. A research team at the University of Florida may have the answer.

The pros and cons of rat poison as medicine

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 29 May 2015

Originally developed as a rat poison, warfarin has been used as an anticoagulant for over 60 years. But why is it so popular when alternatives are available?

Health rewards only effective for three months

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Incentives that encourage healthy behaviours are only effective for three months, according to research.

Drug breweries of the future

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Genetically modified yeasts could soon provide a source of opiates and other drugs previously only obtainable from plants.

Tackling anaemia with iron fish

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 22 May 2015

Anaemia is the most common nutritional problem in the world. Adding a fish-shaped piece of iron to cooking pots has helped to tackle the problem in Cambodia.

Video microscope to avert life-threatening serious adverse drug reaction

Posted by: Roger PooleThu, 21 May 2015

A new smartphone-based microscope can help to identify the presence of one species of parasitic worm when a patient is being treated for another, to help prevent drug complications.

Onion skin cells make an effective muscle actuator

Posted by: Roger PooleThu, 21 May 2015

Treating onion skin cells with sulphuric acid and gold allow them to be used as a muscle simulator.

High heels shown to be high risk

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 11 May 2015

They may look fantastic, but evidence shows that wearing high heels is bad for your health.

Call for global action on fungal infection

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 8 May 2015

A project, launched by the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, aims to diagnose and treat 95% of patients with life- or sight-threatening fungal disease by 2025.

The importance of body odour in malaria

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 8 May 2015

The chances of being bitten by a mosquito are related to genes that control body odour, according to a recent study.

Why do we hiccup?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 5 May 2015

I have written recently about the sneeze and the yawn, two physiological phenomena that are not fully fathomed. Another mysterious bodily function is the hiccup.

Avoiding the plague

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 5 May 2015

It was 350 years ago this summer that the Great Plague took hold in London. What methods did patients and doctors employ to try to keep themselves safe?

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