Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: January 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cyclamens are plants native to an area of southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia bordering the Mediterranean sea.
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.
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.
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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