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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: May 2013

Mapping the metabolome for tailored healthcare

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 29 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.

Cockerel’s internal clock

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 29 May 2013

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 to make a perfect cuppa

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 29 May 2013

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.

HIV template helps to fight infection

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 22 May 2013

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.

Statins and Neurones

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 22 May 2013

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.

Electron microscope inventor

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 22 May 2013

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.

Budding invention

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 15 May 2013

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.

How his dentition helped to identify Richard III

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 15 May 2013

Eat less salt, more potassium

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 15 May 2013

Skohn, skoan or skune?

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 8 May 2013

Lunatics on the grass

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 8 May 2013

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 and his potent “love jam”

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 8 May 2013

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.

Properly pronounced, please

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 1 May 2013

Bird disease virus in cancer trials

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 1 May 2013

Mosquito habituated to DEET

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 1 May 2013

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