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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: January 2011

More about transatlantic cats

Posted by: Bystander PJFri, 28 Jan 2011

In 2010 (PJ, 23 October 2010, p490) I wrote about Kiddo, the intrepid cat that attempted to cross the Atlantic by airship a century ago. But Kiddo was not the only feline to feature among the pioneers of transatlantic flight.

Why is flu a winter problem?

Posted by: Bystander PJFri, 28 Jan 2011

At this time of year there is typically an epidemic of media hysteria about influenza. Recently, the perceived panic has focused on flu vaccine shortages.

Pharmacy and the olive branch of peace

Posted by: Bystander PJFri, 28 Jan 2011

Who stole all the library’s ethics books?

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 21 Jan 2011

Google and Googleplex, googol and googolplex

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 21 Jan 2011

The internet search engine Google has come a long way since its creation by Stanford University computer science graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin only 15 years ago (1996). It is now thought to be the most powerful brand in the world and Google.com is the internet’s most visited site.

Evolution of communication

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 21 Jan 2011

Arsenic eaters and alien life

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 12 Jan 2011

A buzz of excitement spread through the scientific world in December 2010, in the run-up to a closely guarded press conference by NASA (the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) on a reported new discovery in astrobiology, which is concerned with the search for life on other planets. Scientific journals speculated that new signs of life had been discovered elsewhere in space.

Guinea worm eradication hope

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 12 Jan 2011

Dracunculiasis, caused by the Dracunculus medinensis or Guinea worm, has been recognised for thousands of years. The parasite has been identified in calcified Egyptian mummies and it has been suggested that it may have been “the fiery serpent” that plagued the Israelites in the Old Testament.

Anti-inflammatory effects of cyclamen

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 12 Jan 2011

Cyclamens are plants native to an area of southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia bordering the Mediterranean sea.

Pros and cons of dirt and health

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 6 Jan 2011

Exposure to dirt is an inevitable part of life, yet in modern times we have an increasing obsession with cleanliness. There is ongoing debate whether this obsession and reduced exposure to infection increases the risk of conditions such as allergy and asthma.

Towards personalised nutrition

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 6 Jan 2011

Research is under way to develop an “experimental kitchen” in which devices will link personal nutrition and home refrigerators with supermarket shelves to help people improve their diet.

Finding out how honey kills bacteria

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 6 Jan 2011

Honey has been renowned for its wound healing properties since ancient times, but only in recent years has an evidence base developed for its use in modern medicine.

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