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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: October 2010

Drugs in fiction

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 21 Oct 2010

In the October 2010 issue of Pharmacy Professional there is an article — “Drugs in the world of Sherlock Holmes”. I was surprised to discover that the article includes Thomas de Quincey in a list of 19th century writers who, “it is thought, occasionally took recreational drugs”.

Centenary of Kiddo the airship cat

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 21 Oct 2010

An unusual anniversary went generally unnoticed last week (15 October 2010). It was the centenary of the first air-to-ground radio message, which was itself a consequence of the first ever attempt by a cat to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air.

Mole Day (23 October)

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 21 Oct 2010

On his 14 March 2009 page (p292) “Didapper” wrote that mathematicians know 14 March as Pi Day, because 3.14 is the three-digit approximation of pi.

Galen, gladiators and galenicals

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 21 Oct 2010

“Staircase wit” of the iconoclast

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 14 Oct 2010

Why has the moment always passed by the time you finally come up with that witty rejoinder? The French have their own expression for this frustrating moment — esprit de l’escalier.

Invisibility cloak becomes more than a possibility

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 14 Oct 2010

Harry Potter fans do not need to be told how useful a real-life invisibility cloak could be. Now scientists around the world are getting closer to making this fictional fabric a reality.

Hyoscine — friend or foe?

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 14 Oct 2010

A natural sweetener — kaa he-he

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 7 Oct 2010

Stevia rebaudiana is a bushy South American herb, native to Paraguay. It was known as “kaa he-he” (sweet herb) by the native Guarani Indians, who used it centuries ago to sweeten food and drinks. Glycosides extracted from the leaves have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar.

Saving lives with soap and water

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 7 Oct 2010

Friday 15 October 2010 marks the third annual Global Handwashing Day. The aims of the project are to encourage a global culture of handwashing with soap, to spotlight the state of handwashing in each country and to raise public awareness of its benefits.

Hawthorn and its effect on the heart

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 7 Oct 2010

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a familiar fruit-bearing shrub that has been used for centuries as a thorny barrier in hedging. In pre-Christian times, goddess-centred worship was performed in sacred groves of hawthorn.

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