Beyond pharmacy blog
The thermal grill illusion is a sensory ‘trick’ first demonstrated by a Swedish physician, Torsten Thunberg, in 1896.
Researchers in America have developed some bioplastics, made with albumin, soy or whey, that have antibacterial properties.
Opossums have a naturally high level of immunity to certain types of snake venom. The opossum peptide responsible for this immunity has potential as an antivenom.
Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats, there is research to indicate that some types may be beneficial for health and weight loss.
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.
Yawning is contagious, even between members of different species. But why is it that we need to yawn?
Pharmacist David Edgar Herold helped John Wilkes Booth to escape after he had assassinated Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865.
Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.
Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.
Pianist Winifred Atwell, who sold more than 30 million records, was also a qualified pharmacist.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental contaminants that have contaminated large areas of agricultural land in the US. Prairie-grass helps to remove PCB pollution.
In Dharavi, a slum region of Mumbai, India, a recent exhibition used various types of art to raise awareness of public health issues.
Pamela Mason describes research that suggests eating in a confined window of time may help to reduce weight gain.
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.
People with misophonia experience negative emotions when they hear specific sounds. Separately, phonophobia is the fear of loud sounds.
Swedish men have the lowest level of tobacco-related deaths in Europe. This is likely to be due to their preference for low-nitrosamine oral tobacco (snus) over cigarettes.
Although eating fish is considered part of a healthy diet, Steve Bremer explains that consuming certain shellfish does come with its own risks.
A new exhibition, ‘Forensics: the anatomy of crime’, at the Wellcome Collection, London, aims to examine the forensic procedure from the crime scene to the courtroom. Emma Page takes a look.
Although Rudyard Kipling had a fictional reason for why leopards have spots, computer science pioneer Alan Turing discovered the real explanation.
Lyme disease in humans is caused by the bite of a tick infected with one of three closely related species of bacteria. The antihistamine loratadine has potential as a new treatment for the disease.