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Beyond pharmacy blog

Shark attack on cancer cells

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 10 Feb 2015

Small simple chain antibodies from sharks may be used to generate lead compounds in inflammatory disease and cancer.

Helping patients feel happier by changing the sound of their shoes

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 30 Jan 2015

Researchers have found that sound-adapted shoes can make wearers feel slimmer and happier and could be used to treat body dysmorphias, movement impairments and chronic pain.

The history of snake oil

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 23 Jan 2015

The term “snake oil” is used to describe any worthless pseudo-medical remedy promoted as a cure for various illnesses. However, snake oil itself may have a variety of medical uses.

Just what was English sweating sickness?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 23 Jan 2015

English sweating sickness swept through Europe in the sixteenth century. Those planning to catch up on BBC Two’s Wolf Hall should be warned that this blog post contains spoilers.

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.

How pork and bacon could be used in medical procedures

Posted by: Steven BremerThu, 22 Jan 2015

Pork and bacon have proved themselves to be useful tools in treating nosebleeds and parasitic infections.

"Vape" is word of the year for 2014

Posted by: Steven BremerThu, 22 Jan 2015

Steve Bremer discusses the new words rising up to describe electronic cigarette technology.

Beethoven’s musical electrocardiograms

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 14 Jan 2015

Could Beethoven have suffered from cardiac arrhythmia? His music suggests he could have.

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.

Remembering a very useful mollusc: A californica

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 14 Jan 2015

The mollusc Aplysia california has proved to be valuable in studying the mechanisms of movement, learning and memory.

Making foods more filling could help tackle obesity

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 12 Jan 2015

Adding a chemical that helps to cause satedness after eating to food may help to reduce the amount that individuals eat and therefore reduce weight gain.

Inherited fear: could epigenetics provide mental health treatments?

Posted by: Jess BartletThu, 8 Jan 2015

According to a paper published in Nature Neuroscience, memories of traumatic odour exposure to acetophenone in mice have been shown to have been passed down generations. Jessica Bartlet wonders what implications this may have.

The Mozart effect in children with epilepsy

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 6 Jan 2015

Listening to particular sonatas can help in several neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia and epilepsy.

Small protein is a potential new antibiotic

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 6 Jan 2015

A small protein, which has been given the name copsin, has shown promise as a potential new antibiotic. It may prove important to combat antibiotic resistance.

Chocolate’s memory-boosting powers

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 5 Jan 2015

Good news for chocoholics – chocolate can boost memory. The bad news is that you would have to eat such vast quantities that it would damage other aspects of your health.

Pointer's rot: one of the oldest known occupational diseases

Posted by: Roger PooleTue, 30 Dec 2014

Making needles by hand was a risky job because of the likelihood of contracting “Pointer’s rot”, a crippling lung disease caused by inhaling dust from ground metal and grindstone.

What is a hospital ship?

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 24 Dec 2014

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus, a ship that has been helping with the Ebola crisis in west Africa, is equipped with a 100-bed medical complex, but it cannot be classified as a hospital ship. Roger Poole explains.

James Parkinson and the shaking palsy

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 22 Dec 2014

James Parkinson, who discovered the shaking palsy that established Parkinson’s as a recognised medical condition, died 190 years ago on 21 December 1824

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