Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: November 2012
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is a deciduous hardwood tree native to north-eastern North America. It is notable for its spectacular autumn foliage and as a source of maple syrup.
This Sunday, 25 November, marks the end of the two-week “Love your lungs” campaign in Wales, in which people have had the opportunity to visit their local pharmacy for an assessment of their respiratory health with advice on how to improve it.
According to a report in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Science, the leaves of the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) have been found to be a rich source of antibacterial compounds active against Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium responsible for food poisoning.
By now, many people have started to think about how many Christmas cards to send this year and where to buy them (unless, like my well-organised wife, you acquired them months ago and have already addressed them).
We are approaching the 60th anniversary of London’s Great Smog. Five days of intense air pollution early in December 1952 killed at least 4,000 Londoners and made 100,000 others ill with respiratory problems. Those figures are from official sources, but some experts now think that more than 12,000 people may have died and far more than 100,000 were made ill.
Round about now, somewhere near Oslo, a tall Norway spruce (Picea abies) is being cut down for shipping to London, where it will stand proudly in Trafalgar Square over the Christmas period, adorned with 500 white lights.