Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: August 2009
Supermarket pharmacies often seem to have been squashed into whatever space is available. Some of my regular locum days were spent between the bakery and delicatessen counters. They were days of terrible temptation for a man who needed to lose some weight.
It is said that one in three of us suffers from some form of gut disorder. Clearly many of us do not take adequate care of our digestive health. Putting it bluntly, we do not love our guts.Furthermore, we do not bless our bowels, idolise our ileums or cherish our stool scales either. However, help is at hand.
Most of us will have formed a collection of one sort or another over the years. It may have been postage stamps or coins or, on a different scale, vintage cars or historic agricultural machinery.
On the University of Michigan website there is a video clip showing microscopic drops of coloured liquid moving jerkily across the screen in time with the notes of a computer-generated version of the jingoistic football song sung by Michigan Wolverines supporters.
Much has been written this year (2009) to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin. But I have yet to read anything about the influence on Darwin of Edward Blyth, who was both a naturalist and a pharmacist.
More than 900 constructed languages have been “invented” over the past nine centuries. Samples of more than 500 of them are listed in a recently published book, ‘In the land of invented languages’ by Arika Okrent.
The immunosuppressant drug sirolimus (rapamycin) has been found to extend the lifespan of middle-aged mice by around a third, giving rise to hopes that it could also prolong life in humans.
Next Thursday, 13 August 2009, is the bicentenary of the birth of William Penny Brookes, the founding father of the modern Olympic Games.