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Tomorrow's pharmacist blog

Could an antihistamine be used for obesity?

Posted by: Sophie KhatibTue, 22 Jan 2013

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

Link between obesity and cancer

Posted by: Sophie KhatibSun, 20 Jan 2013

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. 

Cancer cachexia

Posted by: Sophie KhatibSat, 19 Jan 2013

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. 


Posted by: Brendan FraserMon, 14 Jan 2013

Are drugs prescribed too easily?

Posted by: Sophie KhatibSat, 12 Jan 2013

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.

The hidden calories in tablets

Posted by: Ranveer BasseyMon, 7 Jan 2013

You've read the title and think the topic is a little bitsilly.  Who really cares about thecalories in their medication?  Asurprising number of people onthe internet apparently.  But it was

Medicines Information

Posted by: Ayla AtalarSun, 6 Jan 2013

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Legalised marijuana

Posted by: Sara ValenteWed, 2 Jan 2013

Recently, two American states - Colorado and Washington, have legalised the recreational use of marijuana with a legal age limit of 21 years old. Some reasons behind the reform are about winning the war on drugs, taxes and preventing drug-related crimes. My first reaction however was how this change would affect public health and how this may impact pharmacists.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Posted by: Sophie KhatibFri, 21 Dec 2012

As 4th year pharmacy students, we are not immune to the whispers and gossip about how harsh the job market is at the minute and how it’s an employer’s market, rather than the employee’s market that it was before.

An exciting new role for antibodies

Posted by: Sophie KhatibThu, 20 Dec 2012

I have been doing a lot of reading this evening (mainly because I have got a piece of work that needs doing and I am trying to put it off!!).  I am really interested in antibodies and my mind started to wander – what else could they be used for?

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