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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

Play to win

Posted by: Maureen O'SullivanMon, 3 Jun 2013

You are the model customer: you have filled in the back of your prescription perfectly and wait patiently for it to be dispensed because you understand how busy the dispensary can get. You don’t mind waiting because it gives you time to covertly observe your surroundings and, dare I say it, check out the competition.

A pharmacist’s apocalypse

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 16 May 2013

We’ve all been there. We have all probably done it, but it never gets easier.

You need to walk briskly for how long to burn off that cheeseburger?

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 7 May 2013

Although more restaurants are displaying calorie information on menus, most studies show that this has little impact on reducing the calorie content ordered and consumed. So a new angle to encourage reduced calorie intake in restaurants is being explored by those in the nutrition field: displaying on the menu the minutes of brisk walking needed to burn food calories.

Widening access of EHC to young girls

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 23 Apr 2013

Recently, the US government has been ordered by a federal judge to make emergency hormonal contraception available over the counter to girls of all ages within 30 days.

Needle in a haystack of Thatcher's legacy

Posted by: Maureen O'SullivanWed, 17 Apr 2013

Among Margaret Thatcher’s many controversial decisions that affected the lives of UK citizens, one less known from her 11 years as UK Prime Minister was her decision to support needle exchange schemes.

“Obey your thirst” with fewer calories

Posted by: Benedict LamFri, 5 Apr 2013

Previously I wrote about Coca-Cola’s two-minute advertisement in the US addressing the issue of obesity. And recently a new UK version of the advertisement has been broadcast here.

Let’s skype our way to better health

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 28 Mar 2013

A hospital in north London may soon be providing medical consultations via Skype. Hospital bosses at The Whittington Hospital say the planned system, which would involve patients discussing their illness with doctors using Skype, an internet video-chat service, would free doctors’ time.

Conquering the man-made epidemic of medical errors

Posted by: Maureen O'SullivanFri, 22 Mar 2013

Patient safety activist Sorrel King stole the show at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists annual congress and she wasn’t even there. Sorrel King is not a patient safety expert. She’s not a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor. No, Sorrel King is not a healthcare professional at all. She is the mother of a child who died at the hands of healthcare.

Good communication is the foundation of patient safety

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 19 Mar 2013

From next month responsible officers (usually the medical director in an NHS organisation) will have a legal duty to ensure doctors can speak an acceptable level of English to perform their jobs in a safe and competent manner.

Naughty pharma?

Posted by: Janna LawrenceWed, 13 Mar 2013

Squashed in amongst men and women in black tie and evening gowns I eagerly await the evening’s entertainment. I am currently peering down from my velvet seat in the amphitheatre and curiously sizing up the two men who will step into t

When it comes to smoking the Aussies are not a pack of flaming galahs

Posted by: Matthew WrightMon, 11 Mar 2013

I am glad that I never took up smoking as a youngster. As No Smoking Day celebrates its 30th year this Wednesday (13 March 2013), I’ve got to thinking about the people in my life who do smoke — and how difficult they have found it to kick the habit.

The link between diet and acne

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 28 Feb 2013

During my teenage years I was told often by my parents (or some “know-it-all” adult) not to eat chocolate and sugary and fatty foods otherwise I would get spots. But when I asked my GP about this he said I could eat whatever I wanted because diet does not determine the severity of my acne

Lunch breaks and health risks

Posted by: Benedict LamFri, 15 Feb 2013

In a survey carried out for BBC Breakfast of almost 600 office workers, 54 per cent said they regularly work through their lunch hour, 53 per cent believed there is a widespread culture of colleagues doing the same, and 20 per cent said they felt under pressure not to take a break.

A matter of conscience

Posted by: Matthew WrightThu, 7 Feb 2013

The conscience clause that allows pharmacists to refuse to supply emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is under fire — again. It is a topic that refuses to go away.

The “apocalypse” is coming

Posted by: Benedict LamFri, 1 Feb 2013

Just like the Mayan apocalypse, the prospect of antibioticresistance has been with us for many years. But, unlike 21 December 2012 (whichpassed without much fanfare or drama), antibiotic resistance is real

Obesity: whose responsibility is it anyway?

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 23 Jan 2013

Coca-Cola has recently released a two-minute advertisement in the US addressing the issue of obesity. If you ignore the cheesy film and soundtrack, there are bits of information worth teasing out from the ad.

A tour of the polyclinic in the Olympic Village

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 20 Jun 2012

On Monday (18 June) I was given the chance to visit the Olympic and Paralympic polyclinic, learn about the services and examine the equipment ahead of the games.

Sometimes we need to be reminded how valued we are

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 24 May 2012

Recently a cold bug has been going around our office and, one by one,  members of the PJ team have fallen ill. I was the latest victim.

The final blog: goodbye to the BPSA's 70th Annual Conference, hello the 71st!

Posted by: Shilpa TankMon, 16 Apr 2012

Wow, what a week! Back to reality now (food shopping, washing, revision) - it's safe tosay I have the post-conference blues. The week culminated in a wonderful ball that really was absolutelyfantastic and thoroughly enjoyable, the perfect way to round off a busy week!

Fingerless gloves and liver spots

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 3 Apr 2012

A well known international pop star has been sporting fingerless gloves as a fashion accessory in recent months.

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