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Beyond pharmacy blog

Watch your health: could health-tracking technology help reduce NHS burden?

Posted by: Jess BartletWed, 17 Dec 2014

Many people might have received a health-tracking watch or bracelet for Christmas. Jessica Bartlet explains why they are useful tools for individuals and, potentially, the NHS.

Five tips to improve wellbeing from the Wardley workshop

Posted by: Emma PageWed, 17 Dec 2014

Charity Pharmacist Support has recently launched a series of wellbeing workshops for pharmacists, preregistration trainees and pharmacy students. Emma Page shares some tips from the workshop she attended this week.

Beware the psychedelic effects of zombie cucumber

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 12 Dec 2014

Andrew Haynes describes a white flower, the so-called “zombie cucumber”, which can induce hallucinations when ingested.

Paper towels versus hot air hand dryers — which is more hygienic?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 12 Dec 2014

Despite the myth that hot air dryers are more hygienic, Andrew Haynes explains that paper towels are actually better for three important reasons.

The deep-fried Mars bar: an illustration of a bad diet?

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 1 Dec 2014

After analysing a small study in healthy young adults, which found that eating deep-fried Mars bar caused a significant impairment in cerebrovascular reactivity in men, Pam Mason advises sticking to porridge for breakfast.

Gum disease is worse in modern Britain than Roman Britain

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 1 Dec 2014

Pam Mason describes a study from the British Dental Journal, which found that 5% of Roman skulls examined showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease, compared with up to 20% of adults with chronic progressive periodontitis today.

Mind-altering parasites

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 25 Nov 2014

Steve Bremer describes different types of parasitic infection that can cause behavioural changes in humans.

Smoking cessation – the Nazi method

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 25 Nov 2014

Not renowned for its public health measures, Nazi Germany led the first anti-smoking campaign in modern history and was the most powerful anti-smoking movement in the world during the 1930s and early 1940s.

Ensuring the survival of threatened penguins

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 21 Nov 2014

You have probably seen John Lewis’s mawkish Christmas advertisement featuring Monty, an Adélie penguin created by computer-generated imagery. But spare a thought for the plight of Monty’s endangered real-life relatives, many of whom depend on the UK for their protection.

The centenary of the discovery of x-ray crystallography

Posted by: Andrew HaynesFri, 21 Nov 2014

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. Andrew Haynes pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, whose contributions to crystallography helped to confirm the structure of DNA.

Using art as therapy and visualising science

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 19 Nov 2014

Benedict Lam looks at an exhibition in London that brings art and science together and spoke to some of the artists to find out their inspiration

Beware the power of knowing your customer

Posted by: Emma PageWed, 19 Nov 2014

The new profiling tool on the YouGov website is entertaining but has the potential to mislead, writes Emma Page

Googling the bloodstream: how disease might be detected with ingested nanoparticles

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 14 Nov 2014

Google is developing technology that combines ingested disease-detecting nanoparticles with a wrist sensor.

We must be there for those who are victims of abuse

Posted by: Chris ChapmanFri, 14 Nov 2014

The legacy of abuse can stay with victims for life, writes Chris Chapman, who heard escaped Westboro Baptist Church member Nate Phelps speak last week.

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

Is it art to exploit the drug industry’s designs?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 6 Nov 2014

The Paul Stolper Gallery is hosting the latest pharmacy-inspired Damien Hirst exhibition. Andrew Haynes questions whether this is art or exploitation.

Sloppy science should not be tolerated

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 3 Nov 2014

Theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli had strong views about sloppy science, writes Andrew Haynes.

Phantom pharmacist returns to scene of his error

Posted by: Roger PoolePJ, 1 November 2014, Vol 293, No 7834

Roger Poole tells the spooky story of the pharmacist who hanged himself after accidentally poisoning his apprentice.

Can small changes in the food environment encourage healthier eating?

Posted by: Pamela MasonMon, 27 Oct 2014

Pam Mason describes a study that suggests slim diners have different eating habits to heavier diners.

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