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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: November 2010

St Simeon Stylites, pillar hermit

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 26 Nov 2010

St Simeon Stylites took the search for peace and quiet to a new level when he spent 37 years alone atop a tall pillar. He was the first and most famous of a succession of stylitoe, or “pillar hermits”, whose asceticism earned them a great reputation for holiness throughout eastern Christendom.

Life within the Goldilocks zone

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 26 Nov 2010

Astronomers are in dispute about the existence of a planet that could host life on its surface.

Thanks for gravity, DNA and the internet

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 26 Nov 2010

Fossils as a clue to oxygen levels

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 18 Nov 2010

It has long been known that prehistoric insects grew much larger than their modern-day counterparts. When dragonflies first appeared on Earth about 350 million years ago they were huge by today’s standards, with wingspans of up to 70cm.

Bee venom and its various uses

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 18 Nov 2010

Honey bee venom has been used as a therapy for centuries in many different cultures. It is particularly popular today in China and Eastern Europe, chiefly for chronic inflammatory disease.

Bicentenary of a “modern magician”

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 18 Nov 2010

On Friday, 26 November 2010, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Victorian inventor William George Armstrong.

Free treatment before the NHS

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 12 Nov 2010

With the debate about the Big Society, community hospitals in the coal-mining and steel-making valleys of South Wales make for interesting study.

Sheep shed light on immunity

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 12 Nov 2010

Having long wanted to visit St Kilda, I was interested to read in Science about a study of wild Soay sheep on the island of Hirta in the St Kilda archipelago. The research could explain differences in both immunity and fertility, not only in animals, but also in humans, and why some people become ill when exposed to an infection and others do not.

Hope for new antibacterial therapy

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 12 Nov 2010

Christmas gifts for pharmacists

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 5 Nov 2010

As the festive season approaches, I thought it might be useful to write about suitable presents for pharmacists so that you can drop hints to family, friends, employers and staff by leaving your Journal lying around open at this page.

Public loo pioneer’s bicentenary

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 5 Nov 2010

Next Wednesday, 10 November 2010, is the bicentenary of the birth of George Jennings, a Victorian plumber who made a significant contribution to hygiene through improving public sanitation.

Why some quail at the sight of quails

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 5 Nov 2010

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