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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: April 2015

Oxytocin: of human bonding and puppy dog eyes

Posted by: Andrew HaynesTue, 28 Apr 2015

Oxytocin, the so-called “bonding hormone”, is a neuromodulator released into the blood in a wide range of situations, many of which are involved in human interaction. Recent research indicates that it is also important in forming bonds between humans and dogs.

Resurrecting antique ale

Posted by: Andrew HaynesWed, 22 Apr 2015

A microbrewery in Finland’s Baltic Sea archipelago of Åland has recently launched a beer with a 19th century recipe. The formula is derived from the chemical analysis of contaminated booze recovered from a schooner that was shipwrecked some 170 years ago.

Cracking your knuckles will do you no harm

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

Scientists have used an MRI scanner to observe what happens when you crack your knuckles — a process that does not seem to cause ill health effects.

Health issues for those who stay up late

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

People who stay up late, so-called “night owls”, are more likely to develop particular health issues than those who go to bed early.

Placebo effect genes identified

Posted by: Steven BremerFri, 17 Apr 2015

Researchers have identified at least 11 genes that influence individuals’ susceptibility to the placebo effect.

Could changing the cooking method result in a lower-calorie food?

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 17 Apr 2015

The number of usable calories in rice can be lowered by boiling it in water and coconut oil and then cooling it.

Could an Anglo-Saxon remedy help kill MRSA?

Posted by: Pamela MasonFri, 17 Apr 2015

An Anglo-Saxon recipe that combines garlic, leeks, wine and ox gall may be a useful antibacterial agent, writes Pam Mason.

Orange glasses and screen breaks can improve sleep

Posted by: Steven BremerTue, 14 Apr 2015

The blue light emitted from some electronic screens can make it difficult to sleep. Steve Bremer explains why.

Using a mummy as a medicine

Posted by: Peter HomanWed, 8 Apr 2015

Different types of mummy could be used to make tincture, treacle, elixir or balsam, which could, in turn, be used for treating different types of affliction.

Could crossing your fingers alter pain levels?

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 8 Apr 2015

The thermal grill illusion is a sensory ‘trick’ first demonstrated by a Swedish physician, Torsten Thunberg, in 1896.

Developing antibacterial plastics

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 8 Apr 2015

Researchers in America have developed some bioplastics, made with albumin, soy or whey, that have antibacterial properties.

Possible new antivenom from one of the oldest surviving mammal families

Posted by: Roger PooleWed, 8 Apr 2015

Opossums have a naturally high level of immunity to certain types of snake venom. The opossum peptide responsible for this immunity has potential as an antivenom.

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