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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: February 2011

Genghis Khan — green invader?

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 25 Feb 2011

It has long been assumed that man’s effect on the atmosphere’s carbon levels began with the industrial revolution of the 18th century, but recent research suggests that human activity may have had a much earlier influence.

Father of modern gastroenterology

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 25 Feb 2011

Disulfiram and the ink cap mushroom

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 25 Feb 2011

Unexpected effect of fruit peeling

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 17 Feb 2011

Like most PJ readers, I know the importance of hand washing before finger tip blood sampling, but my eye was recently caught by a paper in Diabetes Care about glucose monitoring after peeling fruit.

Eating insects for the environment

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 17 Feb 2011

If you are concerned about eating meat because of the contribution of livestock to greenhouse gas emissions but are not averse to other animal proteins, you may be interested in a recently published paper in the journal PLoS ONE.

Mining milk for its therapeutic benefit

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 17 Feb 2011

Monday 21 February 2011 sees the start of National Dairy Week, which promotes the value of milk and dairy foods in a healthy balanced diet.

Tracking the source of avian flu

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Feb 2011

On a trip to Hong Kong eight years ago (2003) I tried to book a visit to the Mai Po nature reserve in the New Territories. But I was told that it was temporarily closed to protect visitors from the risk of infection with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

E coli’s pioneering paediatrician

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Feb 2011

The other day, while leafing idly through the pages of the internet, I discovered that next Tuesday, 15 February (2011), is the centenary of the death of Theodor Escherich. That surname should ring a bell with all pharmacists, since it was he who discovered the intestinal bacterium now named in his honour, Escherichia coli.

Look out for a colourful winter visitor

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Feb 2011

The waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a plump, colourful, starling-sized bird that breeds in the coniferous woodlands of northern Scandinavia.

Rescued piece of Victorian history

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 4 Feb 2011

The Blists Hill Victorian Town museum at Ironbridge in Shropshire is a fascinating place to explore. It attracted attention in 2010 when the producers of the television series “Victorian Pharmacy” used it to recreate the scene at an everyday pharmacy of the period.

Fighting female genital mutilation

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 4 Feb 2011

On 6 February 2003 Stella Obasanjo, First Lady of Nigeria, launched an International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation at a conference organised by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children.

Holy basil and its medicinal properties

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 4 Feb 2011

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