Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: April 2014
Researchers at the University of Nottingham school of pharmacy have developed “stealth compounds” that can be activated by specific biomarkers.
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.
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.
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.
You may not be aware of this, but I have been blessed with more than the average number of lower limbs.
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.
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.
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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