Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: February 2009
Do you ever feel the need to use the interrobang or the irony mark in your writing? The interrobang combines the question (interrogation) mark and the exclamation mark (bang, in printers’ jargon) and is intended to combine the functions of the two.
Fanny Burney was a much praised novelist, playwright and writer of journals and letters. The sprightly Fanny (1752–1840) moved in a cultured circle that included Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and Edmund Burke.
[img_assist|nid=160064|title=Common Yew (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=144]Yew is any tree or shrub of the genus Taxus; the English yew is Taxus baccata, a tree with a dual personality. This evergreen can live for millennia.Characteristically it continues to grow by rooting its branches and forming a grove around itself.
All practising pharmacists are aware of the value of brand versus generic, or “expensive” versus “cheap” medication in patients’ perception of their efficacy. Analgesics are a prime example. Now researchers have quantified the effect by comparing an “expensive” placebo to a “cheap” one.
Clinical trials are big business and some Americans claim to earn a living from volunteering. Anyone considering taking part in a trial might want to refer to the internet site Guinea Pigs Get Paid, which lists details of forthcoming clinical trials and offers advice for participants.
[img_assist|nid=59609|title=Snowflakes (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=141]Enough snow fell in Britain on 2 February 2009 for us all to make a quarter of a million snowballs each, according to mathematician Carol Vorderman. That is 3,840 billion kilos of the white stuff.
The 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Christian Reil, the German physician, physiologist and anatomist, falls on 20 February. He is one of the most famous medical theorists of all time, and his research into physiology and anatomy are well documented.
Until recently, it was thought that all cells were surrounded by membranes containing molecules called phospholipids — oily compounds that contain phosphorus, as well as other basic biochemical nutrients including nitrogen.
[img_assist|nid=49349|title=Crocus sativus|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=318]As we move towards springtime, green shoots of crocus plants are beginning to appear, ready to burst into bloom in a variety of colours. The crocus was first brought to England in the late 16th century by Jean Robin, curator of the Jardin du Roi in Paris.
The question of accuracy or precision often confuses people — even some pharmacists.Accuracy is usually defined as the extent to which a measurement represents the true value of that which is being measured.
Following his recent brush with the health care system, not to mention seeing off the Grim Reaper, Merlin has had occasional morbid thoughts as to what should appear on his tombstone.
[img_assist|nid=48568|title=Charles Darwin (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=283]The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin falls on 12 February this year, and 2009 also sees the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work ‘On the origin of species’.
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