Beyond pharmacy blog
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?
Incentives that encourage healthy behaviours are only effective for three months, according to research.
Genetically modified yeasts could soon provide a source of opiates and other drugs previously only obtainable from plants.
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.
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.
Treating onion skin cells with sulphuric acid and gold allow them to be used as a muscle simulator.
They may look fantastic, but evidence shows that wearing high heels is bad for your health.
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 chances of being bitten by a mosquito are related to genes that control body odour, according to a recent study.
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.
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?
Oxytocin, the so-called “bonding hormone”, is a neuromodulator released into the blood in a wide range of situations, many of which are involved in human interaction. Recent research indicates that it is also important in forming bonds between humans and dogs.
A microbrewery in Finland’s Baltic Sea archipelago of Åland has recently launched a beer with a 19th century recipe. The formula is derived from the chemical analysis of contaminated booze recovered from a schooner that was shipwrecked some 170 years ago.
Scientists have used an MRI scanner to observe what happens when you crack your knuckles — a process that does not seem to cause ill health effects.
People who stay up late, so-called “night owls”, are more likely to develop particular health issues than those who go to bed early.
Researchers have identified at least 11 genes that influence individuals’ susceptibility to the placebo effect.
The number of usable calories in rice can be lowered by boiling it in water and coconut oil and then cooling it.
An Anglo-Saxon recipe that combines garlic, leeks, wine and ox gall may be a useful antibacterial agent, writes Pam Mason.
The blue light emitted from some electronic screens can make it difficult to sleep. Steve Bremer explains why.
Different types of mummy could be used to make tincture, treacle, elixir or balsam, which could, in turn, be used for treating different types of affliction.