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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: June 2015

James Petiver, apothecary and the father of British butterflies

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 22 Jun 2015

Apothecary James Petiver was the first person to allocate English names to British butterfly species systematically.

Glowing wounds and angelic bacteria

Posted by: Andrew HaynesMon, 22 Jun 2015

During one of the battles in the American Civil War, some soldiers noticed their wounds glowing. Why did these glowing wounds heal so much faster than those that did not glow?

Medical uses for bacteria

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Research is pointing towards bacteria as a useful diagnostic tool in the detection of cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and periodontitis.

The eyes have it (disease, trustworthiness and reaction times)

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Blue-eyed individuals are more likely to suffer from macular degeneration but less likely to suffer from cataracts than darker-eyed people. Additionally, darker-eyed people tend to have faster reaction times to one-off stimuli, but those with blue eyes are likely to be better at tasks requiring longer-term thinking.

All you need know about supernumerary nipples

Posted by: Steven BremerMon, 15 Jun 2015

Supernumerary nipples (SNs) are relatively common, minor congenital anomalies that are normally benign but are susceptible to hormonal changes and disease processes.

Seasons may affect immune system activity

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 4 Jun 2015

A new gene study suggests there may be an increase in inflammatory chemicals during winter, which can protect against infection but could also make the body more vulnerable to other chronic diseases.

The genetic code that links food and lifespan

Posted by: Pamela MasonThu, 4 Jun 2015

New research in roundworms sheds light on the link between food availability and ageing.

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