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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts by Pamela Mason

Seasons may affect immune system activity

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 4 Jun 2015

A new gene study suggests there may be an increase in inflammatory chemicals during winter, which can protect against infection but could also make the body more vulnerable to other chronic diseases.

The genetic code that links food and lifespan

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 4 Jun 2015

New research in roundworms sheds light on the link between food availability and ageing.

Could changing the cooking method result in a lower-calorie food?

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 17 Apr 2015

The number of usable calories in rice can be lowered by boiling it in water and coconut oil and then cooling it.

Could an Anglo-Saxon remedy help kill MRSA?

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 17 Apr 2015

An Anglo-Saxon recipe that combines garlic, leeks, wine and ox gall may be a useful antibacterial agent, writes Pam Mason.

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.

Can a lemon ever taste sweet?

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 22 Jan 2015

Pam Mason explains why the flavour of what you have just eaten can change the flavour of what you eat next.

Plant growth impacted by drugs in the environment

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 22 Jan 2015

Recent research has shown the effect that some drugs, even at very low concentrations, can have on plants such as lettuce and radish.

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.

Can small changes in the food environment encourage healthier eating?

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 27 Oct 2014

Pam Mason describes a study that suggests slim diners have different eating habits to heavier diners.

Roman gladiators knew the value of calcium

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 27 Oct 2014

A study of Roman gladiators’ bones indicated that they had higher levels of calcium in their diet than individuals in the normal population.

Dietary change important for climate mitigation

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 19 Sep 2014

Pamela Mason explains why limiting our meat consumption may help to avoid dangerous climate change

Smartphone camera could monitor glaucoma

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 19 Sep 2014

A new sensor, implanted into the eye, may help glaucoma sufferers monitor their condition in a better way.

Iron supplements in nano form may be gentler on the gut

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 19 Aug 2014

A recently published UK study in the journal Nanomedicine indicates that iron supplements in nanoparticle form might have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than currently available preparations

Could insects be a superfood of the future?

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 19 Aug 2014

Would you consider a diet of insects?

Is fast food compromising our immunity?

Posted by: Pamela MasonWed, 2 Jul 2014

The Western diet, which tends to be high in sugar, salt and saturated fat and low in some unstaurates, is associated with a variety of health issues from obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and cancer but US researchers say that it is also a potential contributor to immune dysfunction

Why do cattle have only two toes?

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 1 Jul 2014

During evolutionary diversification of vertebrate limbs, the number of toes in even-toed hoofed animals such as cattle and pigs was reduced and transformed into paired hooves. Scientists at the University of Basel have identified a gene regulatory switch that was key to evolutionary adaption of limbs in these animals.

Nutritional risks of climate change

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 1 Jul 2014

Climate, of course has long impacted on agriculture but unless we are able to limit the expected global temperature rise by the end of this century, the quantity and quality of food produced globally will be compromised

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