Tomorrow's pharmacist blog
Students who pick pharmacy as a career usually do so because they have an interest in science, they want to work with people and have a flair for analysing problems. These students sometimes choose a scientific career because they also prefer subjects that don’t require the need to write lots of essays. The good news is there isn’t a lot of essay writing on a pharmacy course, as we focus on calculations, graph-drawing and multiple choice questions but we must not abandon all knowledge ...
There's currently apoll asking if homoeopathy should be funded by the NHS. I think it's entirely the wrong question toask. We should be asking if drugs shouldbe funded by the NHS. Allow me toexplain.
I completed my two week cross sector placement in community pharmacy last week. I'm going to be honest, it was hard work! Initially, I knew how busy it would be as I had worked at the branch previously.But, unless my memory is failing me, it felt like it had got worse.
I have a confession to make. I have taken a smartdrug. It was not prescribed for me, norwas it bought from a registered pharmacy. It improved my alertness, increased my attention and allowed me to workfor longer. But you can hang up yourcall to the GPhC. I’m talking aboutcaffeine.
Give three pharmacists acalculator, the drug tariff and a prescription. Ask them how much they will be paid for dispensing theprescription. I bet you'll get threedifferent answers.
Over the past few months the legalisation of Marijuana in theAmerican states of Colorado and Washington has led to many discussionsconcerning the legal state of recreational drugs in this country. Twitteralso brought to my attention an American website called Marijuana Majority that
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A lot flashes through my mind on a daily basis. This can actually be quite frustrating as I consider all sorts of, what would appear to be, nonsense. However, a lot of what I think about actually isn’t... Anyway, down to business.
So, guess what I learned today? That it is becoming more and more possible to treat cancer with a vaccine. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? But it’s true!
HER2 is a protein which is found on the surface of some cancer cells and is linked with breast cancer. Some people with breast cancer over express HER2 and in these cases, the tumour is said to be HER2 positive. HER2 positive breast cancers have been shown to grow quicker than other types of breast cancer and therefore have a higher rate of metastasis and mortality.
Think histamine and you think of allergy and stomach acid, right? Well, as it turns out, this is only part of the picture. There are three types of histamine receptors; H1, H2 and H3. H1 has its main role in allergy and is the main target for traditional pharmacological antihistamines used in the treatment of allergic conditions. H2 is the target for drugs such as ranitidine and cimetidine
It has been well established that obesity predisposes a person to a multitude of other health problems, commonly including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, MI, the list goes on. But there is strong evidence that visceral fat, causing central obesity, is directly responsible for secreting adipokines and cytokines.
Cachexia is the wasting of muscle that cannot be reversed by nutrition and is normally associated with a poor prognosis. This is commonly seen in those patients with cancer, along with a number of other conditions. This weakens the patients, opening them up to number of complications and reducing the likelihood of them responding to treatment.
Think about the last time that you went to the doctors. Did you come out holding that magic FP10? Chances are, if you didn’t, you may have felt that you hadn’t been taken seriously or your expectations of the consultations were not met.