Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: May 2013
Everyone has a unique metabolic phenotype, or metabolome, that can be detected in their exhaled breath, according to a recent study. This dynamic “breathprint” could be used to make clinical diagnoses, to determine anaesthetic dosages and in doping tests. Ultimately it could pave the way for personalised medicine.
The timing of a cockerel’s crow is largely controlled by its own circadian rhythm, and influenced only to a lesser extent by external stimuli such as light and sound.
How much would you pay for the perfect cup of tea? If you think that £42 for afternoon tea at the Ritz is a bit steep, you might choke on your digestive biscuit when you hear that the British Standards Institution charges £82 just for the instructions on how to make a good cuppa.
The development of a potential new treatment for drug-resistant bacteria will be reported in the June issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
A team from the University of Arizona has recently published, in Disease Models and Mechanisms, findings on a possible cause for the link between statins and cognitive ability. In laboratory tests they discovered that statins caused unusual swellings in the branches of the neurones, which dramatically change cell morphology.
Today, 25 May 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the German physicist Ernst Ruska. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1986 for his work on electron optics, including the design of the first electron microscope.
If you are allergic to grass pollen you will not be spending the summer cutting your lawn. But you might still be interested to learn that 18 May 1830 was the date on which a man named John Ferrabee reached an agreement with British inventor Edwin Budding to acquire the rights to manufacture and sell lawn mowers and to license other manufacturers in their production.
Few visitors to the Imperial War Museum, just a short walk from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Lambeth headquarters, are aware that it occupies a building that was once a lunatic asylum. And the grassy park that surrounds the museum was once the asylum’s extensive and secure grounds where inmates exercised.
Nostradamus (Michel de Nostradame, 1503–66) is famous for his cryptic prophesies that have supposedly forecast major world events. Less well known is his expertise as a pharmacist (of sorts) and a jam-maker.
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