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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts by David Walsh

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.

How Vibrio cholera has adapted to its environment

Posted by: David WalshWed, 14 Jan 2015

A recent study published in Science describes the mechanism by which the cholera bacterium propagates.

Osteoporosis: a disease of the modern world?

Posted by: David WalshWed, 14 Jan 2015

A lack of vigorous exercise has caused human bones to become weaker over thousands of years.

The afflictions of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Posted by: David WalshWed, 12 Nov 2014

Famous as a post-impressionist artist, unfortunate Toulouse-Lautrec was afflicted with pycnodysostosis. David Walsh explains

The controversial coca leaf

Posted by: David WalshWed, 12 Nov 2014

David Walsh describes the complicated history of the coca leaf and its use

James Prescott Joule – brewer and amateur pharmacist

Posted by: David WalshTue, 14 Oct 2014

Joule is famous for his research into electricity and thermodynamics. David Walsh describes Joule’s work.

Chokeberry – a new wonder food?

Posted by: David WalshTue, 14 Oct 2014

David Walsh describes the possible health benefits of the chokeberry.

The anti-inflamatory properties of meadowsweet

Posted by: David WalshWed, 17 Sep 2014

Various parts of meadowsweet have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. David Walsh explains

Microbiomes and human health

Posted by: David WalshWed, 17 Sep 2014

Some gut bacteria may affect our choice of food by modifying eating behaviour and influencing dietary choices.

At last, good press for bone marrow fat

Posted by: David WalshFri, 25 Jul 2014

Recent research at the University of Michigan has suggested that adipose tissue contained within bone marrow provides a previously unknown source of a hormone linked with reduced levels of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity-related cancers

The medicinal benefits of selfheal

Posted by: David WalshFri, 25 Jul 2014

Selfheal has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries, often as an astringent, and was identified as the herb used by Dioscorides, the ancient Greek physician, to cure inflammation of the throat and tonsils

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