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All posts from: March 2011
2 April (2011) marks the anniversary of the death in 1507 of St Francis of Paola who, among other things, was known for following a vegan diet, free from all animal-derived foods, including eggs and dairy foods as well as meat and fish.
On a recent visit to Russia, I was aware of a strong nostalgia for the Soviet past, with food playing a strong part in this. One example of Russian food nostalgia is the museum of public catering in Moscow, which is devoted solely to preserving the culinary heritage of the Soviet Union and is well worth a visit.
Hollywood’s current mania for three-dimensional films has given rise to a “new” medical condition dubbed “3D fatigue”. Spending time in a cinema seat viewing feature-length films such as ‘Avatar’ through 3D glasses can lead to headache, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, eye pain, dysfunction of the ocular muscles, dimness of vision and other symptoms.
Thursday 31 March 2011 is the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, the German chemist who gave his name to the Bunsen burner, used in laboratories around the world.
The common starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is found naturally across Europe and western Asia. It is abundant in the UK, sometimes seen at dusk wheeling across the ashen winter skies in dense flocks before settling down to roost.
The expression “winning hearts and minds” is often used when seeking support for changes that are claimed to be beneficial even though there may be doubts about the motives behind them.
A UK pharmacist who fails to intervene when presented with a potentially dangerous prescription is assumed in law to share the blame for any harm that comes to the patient. I was therefore shocked to learn that in the US, in a case arising from the death of a patient, the Arkansas supreme court has ruled that pharmacists have no duty to warn patients about possible drug interactions.
Some hope in the search for new antimalarial drugs has come from a surprising source — a rare seaweed found only on South Pacific coral reefs.
At this time of year we all hope for a little more sunshine to lift the spirits. But the link between weather and mood is more than just a topic for idle chit-chat — it has been scientifically proved.
Edna O’Brien, the award-winning and controversial Irish novelist, now aged 80, practised briefly as a pharmacist in Dublin, although her spell in the dispensary appears to have had little influence on the content of her work. Her novels revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their frank views on sex and religion led to many of them being banned in Ireland.
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