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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: May 2011

One hundred years since the launch of RMS Titanic

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 27 May 2011

RMS Titanic, which sank in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history, was launched 100 years ago on 31 May 1911. She sank on 14 April the following year, after striking an iceberg on her maiden voyage, resulting in 1,517 deaths.

Ah, part chemist

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 27 May 2011

Anagrams are mainly the preserve of crossword fanatics and Countdown contestants these days, but they were so popular during Elizabethan times that the French court employed an Anagrammateur Royal to turn the names of dignitaries into flattering epithets.

Hans Berger’s “brain mirror”

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 27 May 2011

Pharmacist and leading politician

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 20 May 2011

Next Friday, 27 May 2011, marks the centenary of the birth of Hubert Humphrey, whose status as a famous pharmacist has already been briefly mentioned in this column by “Prospector”.

Harvesting fog to fight drought

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 20 May 2011

It is estimated that one third of the water on earth that is not saline exists as vapour. This vapour, in its various forms, is essential in some ecosystems as a source of available water, when groundwater is in short supply.

Chickweed and its medicinal benefits

Posted by: Glow-worm PJFri, 20 May 2011

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a flowering plant found in most parts of the world and usually thought of as a weed. Its common name refers to the fact that it is fed to poultry, and it provides an important food source for moorland game birds. It is a prolific, low growing annual weed, with white, star-shaped flowers, capable of producing up to six generations in a single year.

Did cooking make us cleverer?

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 13 May 2011

Raw food diets have often been in trend during the past century. Although fresh vegetables and fruit, much of which can be eaten raw, are key constituents of a healthy diet, how would we live if all of our food was raw?

Why manuka honey is different

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 13 May 2011

Honey has a long tradition of use for wound healing. The presence of active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, polyphenols and other aromatic compounds is thought to be responsible for its healing properties.

Dietary guidelines do not change much

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 13 May 2011

Studying the daily news, one can easily get the idea that dietary advice changes frequently. But this is not really so. 

Twins who fascinated the world

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 6 May 2011

On 11 May 1811, twin boys were born to a Chinese couple living in Siam (now Thailand). The babies, named Chang and Eng, were conjoined twins, fused at the chest and with their livers joined although working independently.

Stability problem for space drugs

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 6 May 2011

How Dickens got a good night’s sleep

Posted by: Didapper PJFri, 6 May 2011

On this page a while ago my colleague “Glow-worm” discussed research demonstrating that resting ruminants tend to align themselves along a geomagnetic north-south axis.

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