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Beyond pharmacy blog

Space motion sickness: combating nausea in space

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 4 Jan 2016

Major Tim Peake travelled to the International Space Station at the end of 2015. Andrew Haynes describes the space motion sickness that often accompanies such missions.

Damien Hirst, Pharmacy and the 1968 Medicines Act

Posted by: Szu Shen WongMon, 9 Nov 2015

Artist Damien Hirst intends to open a new restaurant called “pharmacy2” in London in 2016. Szu Wong recalls the legal difficulties he ran into with his first “Pharmacy” restaurant, which he opened in 1998.

Hi-tech and low-tech applications for origami

Posted by: Roger PooleFri, 9 Oct 2015

Using basic paper folds to make intricate designs has a wide range of scientific applications, including making paper batteries and origami stents.

Causes and treatment of nosebleeds

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 15 Jul 2015

Nosebleeds can involve a scary amount of blood but rarely present a serious threat. Andrew Haynes explores the possible causes and the best treatments.

Microalgae as a source for antibiotic discovery

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Microalgae represent a virtually untapped source of chemical compounds, potentially including antibiotics.

The key to a bad hangover

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 7 Jul 2015

Studies have shown that two key factors that explain why certain individuals are more prone to hangovers are genetics and gut microbiota.

The importance of collecting dirt

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 1 Jul 2015

Several important drugs have been identified from soil samples. Researchers in the USA are currently analysing new samples of dirt for potential therapeutics.

James Petiver, apothecary and the father of British butterflies

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 22 Jun 2015

Apothecary James Petiver was the first person to allocate English names to British butterfly species systematically.

Glowing wounds and angelic bacteria

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 22 Jun 2015

During one of the battles in the American Civil War, some soldiers noticed their wounds glowing. Why did these glowing wounds heal so much faster than those that did not glow?

Medical uses for bacteria

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Research is pointing towards bacteria as a useful diagnostic tool in the detection of cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and periodontitis.

The eyes have it (disease, trustworthiness and reaction times)

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Blue-eyed individuals are more likely to suffer from macular degeneration but less likely to suffer from cataracts than darker-eyed people. Additionally, darker-eyed people tend to have faster reaction times to one-off stimuli, but those with blue eyes are likely to be better at tasks requiring longer-term thinking.

All you need know about supernumerary nipples

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Supernumerary nipples (SNs) are relatively common, minor congenital anomalies that are normally benign but are susceptible to hormonal changes and disease processes.

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.

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.

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