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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: March 2010

Cyclopean sheep give cancer hope

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Mar 2010

Back in 1957, shepherds in the mountainous US state of Idaho discovered that when pregnant sheep ate lilies of the species Veratrum californicum (California corn lily or Californian false hellebore) they tended to give birth to lambs with a single eye in the centre of the forehead, a condition known, for obvious reasons, as cyclopia.

The X to Z of proprietary names

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Mar 2010

When I started out in pharmacy I was intrigued by the brand names bestowed on prescription products. In general the names appeared to be nondescript collections of syllables randomly plucked from the air.

A pharmacist famous for his potatoes

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Mar 2010

A newcomer to the periodic table

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 19 Mar 2010

The newest element in the periodic table, atomic number 112, has been granted a chemical symbol, more than 10 years after it was first discovered, according to a report in New Scientist.

Saint Cuthbert the wonder worker

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 19 Mar 2010

Today, 20 March (2010), is the feast day of St Cuthbert, the bishop of Lindisfarne who was known as the Wonder Worker of Britain.

Meet the Gömböcs: Weebles for adults

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 19 Mar 2010

Readers of a certain age will remember Weebles, the self-righting plastic toys famous for their catchphrase: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”

Continuing dangers of asbestos

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 11 Mar 2010

Teaching unions have recently called for a full audit of the dangers of asbestos in schools, following a survey in which none of the schools involved fully met its health and safety requirements in relation to asbestos management.

Getting a good night’s sleep

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 11 Mar 2010

National Bed Month, running throughout March (2010), is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of a comfortable bed in maintaining good sleeping patterns, essential for the body to obtain restful sleep and be able to perform efficiently during waking hours.

Benefits and dangers of the broad bean

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 11 Mar 2010

The broad bean or fava bean (Vicia faba) is a member of the vetch family and grows in temperate regions. Archaeological evidence suggests that it was one of the first foods cultivated by man.

Did you know that chickens have better colour vision than we do?

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Mar 2010

Look deep into the eye of a chicken and you will find a masterpiece of biological design, according to a paper published in PLoS One, an online journal of the Public Library of Science. The organisation of light receptors in the retina of a chicken apparently exceeds that seen in most mammalian retinas.

Smoking and the mobile phone

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Mar 2010

With the approach of No Smoking Day on March 10 (2010) I had been thinking about how people wanting to stop smoking could value extra motivation when I spotted an account of recent US research testing the use of a mobile telephone community network to help people eat more healthily.

Queuing to buy fish

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Mar 2010

You will no doubt have heard about food rationing during the 1939–45 war. But did you know that the longest and most persistent food queues were often for fish, which was not actually rationed?

As mad as a March hare

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Mar 2010

This month has long been linked with the madness of the March hare. Hares have been thought, incorrectly, to behave strangely and excitedly only during March.

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