Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: February 2012
I am thrilled to say that I am one of 100 Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that have been selected from over a thousand that applied to be working as a games maker at the 2012 Olympic Games. Why, I hear you wonder would I want to be part of this.Well the answer is simple.
Since 2012 is a leap year, we gain a bonus day next week. Wouldn’t it be great if it was a real bonus — a national holiday?
We all know the expression “seven-year itch”, referring to the notion that married men feel the urge to stray by the seventh year of wedded life. The expression dates from the early 19th century, but it only acquired its popular modern meaning with the success of the 1955 Billy Wilder film “The seven year itch”, starring Marilyn Monroe.
I learnt recently that a literary figure whose works I enjoy began his career as a pharmacist.
A randomly chosen expletive is a natural response to accidentally cutting a finger or stubbing a toe, but a good curse has been shown to serve a useful purpose in such circumstances, by increasing pain tolerance.
Amerigo Vespucci, the man after whom America was named, died 500 years ago this week. The Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer made at least three voyages to the New World, and became Spain’s chief of navigation.
The Bowl of Hygieia has been used as a symbol of the pharmaceutical profession for over 200 years, at least since 1796 when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian society of pharmacy. It was later been adopted by a number of national pharmacy associations, including those of the US, Canada, Australia and Pakistan, as well as the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Parkinson’s disease attacks the substantia nigra of the brain, which is responsible for the control of movement. In Parkinson’s sufferers, damage to the mitochondria in the dopaminergic neurones of the brain, along with a build-up of harmful by-products, causes depletion of these neurones.
Sunday 12 February 2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Christopher Clavius, the Jesuit mathematician and astronomer, who was born in Bamberg, Franconia (now part of Bavaria), on 25 March 1538.