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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: April 2014

Stealth approach to health

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 30 Apr 2014

Researchers at the University of Nottingham school of pharmacy have developed “stealth compounds” that can be activated by specific biomarkers.

Importance of picking the right font

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 30 Apr 2014

The US government could save almost $400m a year by changing the typeface it uses for printed documents, according to a 14-year-old Pittsburg schoolboy.

Some paradoxes in biology

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 30 Apr 2014

How about an app for jet lag?

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 16 Apr 2014

Many of us may travel long distances across several time zones or do shift work and yet we have to be awake and alert while our bodies’ internal timekeeping (circadian) system is misaligned with the time in the outside world. So-called jet lag leads to poor quality sleep and reduced mental sharpness, often for several days, delaying the time when we again feel ourselves.

Innovative implant for epilepsy

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 16 Apr 2014

Almost 40 years ago, a young friend of mine died from epilepsy. Having taken a particular interest in new treatments for this condition since that time, I was interested to read about a potential new development in the form of a brain implant, research on which is being partly funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Drug delivery using hot water

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 16 Apr 2014

Lambeth’s crowded workhouse

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Apr 2014

More legs than average

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Apr 2014

You may not be aware of this, but I have been blessed with more than the average number of lower limbs.

Owls in traditional medicine

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 10 Apr 2014

We are all familiar with the fact that a wide range of plant species have been used in folk medicine. Over the years, many such plants have been featured on this page.

Tommy John surgery

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 2 Apr 2014

Microbes that modify mercury

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 2 Apr 2014

Researchers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have studied the way microbial action transforms mercury in waste water into more mobile, more toxic forms. The water treatment site surveyed, which was operational from 1936 to 1995, created a 3km plume of contaminants that were found to travel at about 200m a year through the aquifer to accumulate in a coastal saltwater pond.

Pioneering food scientist

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 2 Apr 2014

William Bate Hardy, born on 6 April 1864, was a biologist and food scientist whose work also greatly advanced physical chemistry. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he later lectured in histology, colloid chemistry and biophysics.

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