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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: August 2011

Bored sick in paradise?

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 18 Aug 2011

If your summer holiday was spoilt because you fell ill soon after stepping off the plane, you could have been suffering from leisure sickness. People who experience symptoms of headache or migraine, fatigue, muscular pains and nausea while on vacation could be among the 3 per cent of the population who feel under the weather as soon as they stop working.

Smelly socks make the ideal mosquito trap

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 18 Aug 2011

Scientists are working on a new mosquito trap after they discovered that mosquitoes are attracted to the odour of human smelly feet. They found that socks that had been worn for at least 10 hours were four times more attractive to mosquitoes than humans themselves.

When Mona Lisa met the top 10 bandit

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 18 Aug 2011

A hundred years ago a thief pulled off the biggest art heist in history by stealing one of the most famous paintings in the world. On 21 August 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre art gallery in Paris, hid in a broom closet during opening hours and simply walked out with the “Mona Lisa” hidden under his coat after the gallery had closed.

Fat is hard to resist

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Aug 2011

A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may help to explain why some of us find fatty foods hard to resist in large amounts, contributing to our difficulties in trying to maintain a healthy weight. The apparent culprits identified in this study were the endocannabinoids (a group of biologically active lipids) produced in the gut.

Swimmers beware

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Aug 2011

Having developed a passion for open water swimming, I have become aware of the health risks of blue-green algae. Known also as cyanobacteria, these micro-organisms are naturally present in water, usually in low numbers, but last year they became abundant enough in Windermere to lead to the cancellation of the Great North Swim.

Hidden complexity in a pencil mark

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 4 Aug 2011

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