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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: November 2011

As the Sun says, yule couldn’t make it up

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 30 Nov 2011

Each year I look forward to The Journal’s Christmas Miscellany. This year it will be interesting to see whether any article catches the world’s attention like the 2010 piece about drug use by animals, written by The Journal’s former deputy editor, Andrew Haynes.

Mail order pioneer

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 24 Nov 2011

Thomas Hood (1799–1845) described this often dark, gloomy month in his poem “November” which begins “No sun, no moon! No morn, no noon! No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day . . .”. It continues in similar vein with verses that include the lines “No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member . . .”.

Eyeglass innovator

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 24 Nov 2011

Why we must avoid the lauki smoothie

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 24 Nov 2011

Danger of sky lanterns

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 17 Nov 2011

In my very first contribution to this page (PJ, 23 May, 2009, p627) I wrote about a campaign to stop the deliberate release into the air of helium-filled latex balloons because of the risk that balloon debris poses to wildlife.  

Hippocrates knew best

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 17 Nov 2011

Some 2,500 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of western medicine, wrote: “Drugs may be administered to pregnant women from the fourth to the seventh month of gestation.”

Mortar and pestle in history and heraldry

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 17 Nov 2011

Food-name afflictions

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 11 Nov 2011

Pi to ten trillion digits

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 11 Nov 2011

Some people simply enjoy doing sums for the sake of it. Like the pair of geeks who have just calculated the value of pi to ten trillion digits, according to a report in New Scientist.

Bayes’s theorem falls foul of the law

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 11 Nov 2011

Fight against rabies

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Nov 2011

The June issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior reported a recent case of a 28-year-old woman in India presenting with a sudden, persistent state of sexual arousal. She was referred to the local hospital, where she died four days later. At post mortem she was found to be suffering from rabies.

Gene transfer dangers

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Nov 2011

Water and soil polluted by animal waste, for example, on farmland, can act as a reservoir of antibiotic-resistant bacterial genes, according to a paper in the October issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and these genes can be spread across species by bacteriophage viruses.

Pumpkins, proteins and parasites

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Nov 2011

As now happens annually during the build-up to the Hallowe’en celebrations, our supermarkets recently featured prominent displays of pumpkins at temporarily inflated prices.

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