Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: September 2013
Fat hen, Chenopodium album, is a native, annual summer flowering plant, found on cultivated land and waste ground. It can be an invasive and troublesome weed, particularly among root vegetable crops, although in Britain it is often grown alongside sugar beet to act as a trap crop for the beet leafhopper insect.
Because I plan to visit Iceland next year, I am beginning to develop more than a passing interest in volcanoes. However, the earth’s biggest volcanoes may be found under the sea rather than above it. A mega-volcano found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and described recently in Nature Geoscience, is being reported as the largest single volcano on Earth.
My continuing interest in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III (see also Hourglass, PJ 2013;290:580) caused me to stop to read a small article in The Lancet, which described some new findings that the king had been infected with roundworms.
“Apple-shaped” people — those with fat concentrated around the abdomen — have long been thought to be more at risk for conditions like heart disease and diabetes than the “pear-shaped” — those carrying weight more in the hips, buttocks and thighs.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters is miles from the open sea, and yet it has two close neighbours that are dedicated to maritime issues.
Next Wednesday, 18 September 2013, is the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Canadian First Nations environmentalist, writer and lecturer known as Grey Owl.
If you enjoy sushi, you will be familiar with the glob of green wasabi paste glooped onto the side of your plate. And, if you are partial to oriental nibbles, you may well have snacked on peas or peanuts coated with wasabi.
Pharmacists pride themselves on being available to offer advice and answer questions. These questions may be disconcerting (“What is taking so long? It’s only a few pills!”) or they may be unexpected. “Do birds have taste buds?” is one I recall. (They do, but relatively few).