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Beyond pharmacy blog

Helping the medicine go down

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 4 Sep 2014

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the film ‘Mary Poppins’, Andrew Haynes reflects on whether a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down in the most delightful way

Corncockle codswallop

Posted by: Andrew HaynesThu, 4 Sep 2014

Despite scaremongering in the popular press, there is no evidence that corncockle has caused serious toxicity, writes Andrew Haynes

Iron supplements in nano form may be gentler on the gut

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 19 Aug 2014

A recently published UK study in the journal Nanomedicine indicates that iron supplements in nanoparticle form might have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than currently available preparations

Could insects be a superfood of the future?

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 19 Aug 2014

Would you consider a diet of insects?

A futile endeavour?

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 18 Aug 2014

Andrew Haynes is frustrated with the amount of pharmacy-related errors in television programmes, films, newspapers and books

Captain Cook — food poisoning victim

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 18 Aug 2014

After consuming a small amount of a type of pufferfish, Captain James Cook recorded how he felt having ingested tetrodotoxin

Components from renewable resources

Posted by: Roger PooleMon, 18 Aug 2014

Developing viable alternatives from renewable sources is a priority and recent reports of a partnership between the Ford Motor Company and Heinz to use waste tomato material gives us an idea of what might happen in the future

New use for old drug

Posted by: Roger PooleMon, 18 Aug 2014

Roger Poole describes how neostigmine, administered as a nasal spray, can help save the lives of snakebite victims

Stories brought vividly to life in war exhibition

Posted by: Graeme SmithWed, 13 Aug 2014

Graeme Smith visits the First World War Galleries at the recently reopened Imperial War Museum in London and finds there is plenty of interest to pharmacists and healthcare professionals.

Remembering Martha

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 5 Aug 2014

Monday 1 September 2014 is the centenary of the death of a lonesome pigeon called Martha. Who cares about bloody pigeons, you may ask. Disease-carrying vermin, aren’t they? But Martha was no ordinary pigeon…

Arsenic and modern medicine

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 5 Aug 2014

Andrew Haynes describes how arsphenamine, “the magic bullet”, was discovered

At last, good press for bone marrow fat

Posted by: David WalshFri, 25 Jul 2014

Recent research at the University of Michigan has suggested that adipose tissue contained within bone marrow provides a previously unknown source of a hormone linked with reduced levels of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity-related cancers

The medicinal benefits of selfheal

Posted by: David WalshFri, 25 Jul 2014

Selfheal has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries, often as an astringent, and was identified as the herb used by Dioscorides, the ancient Greek physician, to cure inflammation of the throat and tonsils

The giant carnivorous amoeboid

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 18 Jul 2014

A giant among unicellular organisms that builds its own shell and resembles a carnivorous sponge has been listed in the Top 10 Species for 2014

A top woman in chemistry

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 18 Jul 2014

Dorothy Hodgkin became the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964

Is fast food compromising our immunity?

Posted by: Pamela MasonWed, 2 Jul 2014

The Western diet, which tends to be high in sugar, salt and saturated fat and low in some unstaurates, is associated with a variety of health issues from obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and cancer but US researchers say that it is also a potential contributor to immune dysfunction

Why do cattle have only two toes?

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 1 Jul 2014

During evolutionary diversification of vertebrate limbs, the number of toes in even-toed hoofed animals such as cattle and pigs was reduced and transformed into paired hooves. Scientists at the University of Basel have identified a gene regulatory switch that was key to evolutionary adaption of limbs in these animals.

Nutritional risks of climate change

Posted by: Pamela MasonTue, 1 Jul 2014

Climate, of course has long impacted on agriculture but unless we are able to limit the expected global temperature rise by the end of this century, the quantity and quality of food produced globally will be compromised

Make yourself invisible to mozzies

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 30 Jun 2014

For many years we have tried to avert the attention of mosquitoes and other icky insects by smothering ourselves in substances that these pesky little critters find repellent. By smearing our skin with gunk that smells unpleasant to flying insects, we hope that they will buzz off elsewhere and pester someone else.

Samuel Pepys visits Barnet’s physic well

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 30 Jun 2014

A trip down memory lane to the origin of an old medicinal well.

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