It's a documentary that promises to be fascinating – but you'd be well-advised not to watch it over dinner.
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Friday 09 December 2011
The three great names in British drug development for the past half century had the euphonious names of Jack, Black and Vane; and while Sir David Jack was the only one not to win a Nobel Prize this was largely due to chance, as his discoveries were equal to those of Sir James Black and Sir John Vane. Jack's contribution, with his team, was to develop the first inhaled asthma medicine, salbutamol (Ventolin). It relieved the wheezing of asthma almost instantaneously by going straight to the lungs, and only atiny dose was needed as it was not dispersed around the rest of the body. Previously, patients had to take ephedrine or similar compounds, wait up to half an hour for the drug to be absorbed, and put up with several hours of the tremors and palpitations that were the inevitable side-effects.
Thursday 27 October 2011
Doctors are to expose babies to dust mites in an attempt to halt the rising allergy epidemic in Britain.
Thursday 30 June 2011
The wedding was already going to be difficult. It now promises to be excruciating for all concerned. A bride-to-be has received a very public etiquette lesson after an email from her future mother-in-law, attacking her "uncouthness" and "lack of manners", went viral over the internet.
Sunday 19 June 2011
Saturday 28 May 2011
All animal lovers will be aware of the plight of the greyhound. Although many owners of racing hounds take their responsibility towards the breed seriously, some are not so thoughtful, and will discard dogs once they are past racing age (typically about three to four). Their placid nature makes them ideal pets for a happy life in retirement.
Monday 16 May 2011
Sales of hayfever treatments have risen by 40% as Britain has basked in some of the driest spring-time conditions for around 40 years.
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Britain's millions of hayfever sufferers have a new helping hand: the Met Office has introduced daily pollen forecasts on its website.
Saturday 12 March 2011
Italian's latest scare in Kiev demonstrates seriousness of problem that also affects English golfer Ian Poulter
Lee Dixon: Today's match might be in the FA Cup – but it could go a long way to deciding the title
Saturday 12 March 2011
Friday 11 March 2011
Manchester City star Mario Balotelli had to be substituted during last night's Europa League tie after the Italian's face became swollen. It seems that the striker has an allergy to certain types of grass.
Wednesday 02 March 2011
Charlie Sheen's publicist has resigned after their relationship became strained following the actor’s bizarre interview with the celebrity website TMZ. In a statement, Stan Rosenfield said he was “unable to work effectively” with Sheen.
Friday 25 February 2011
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Parents of children with suspected food allergies are warned today to avoid high street tests and diagnostic services advertised online which have "no value", according to experts.
Monday 07 February 2011
Potentially fatal childhood peanut allergies mainly affect better-off boys, research has shown.
Monday 24 January 2011
A trend for wearing coloured contact lenses inspired by the pop singer Lady Gaga could damage people's eyes, opticians warn.
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government