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There is some question over the benefits of some anti-arthritic medications. While there is much subjective evidence to the effectiveness of many medications, there are many questions about their long term benefits and if they really do work?
A recent study into the effectiveness of paracetamol in treating arthritis suggests that it is of only limited value. The main treatment prescribed is non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDs in the long term, show greater mortality (death rate) than patients not taking them. They cause fluid retention, increase blood pressure and increased kidney damage. So what are the alternatives?
It is the bright and colourful fruit and vegetables that deliver the right nutrition. If there isn't colour on your plate then you aren't getting proper nutrition.
We could end up paying hundreds of millions more for drugs if United States trade negotiators get their way. United States negotiators want 12 years of exclusivity and extended protection for cancer therapy drugs in order to encourage innovation. The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protection, against Australia and other delegations who say such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them.
Gympie residents now have increased accessibility to local immunisation services, with Gympie Amcal delivering pharmacist-administered vaccinations against three highly-contagious diseases –influenza, measles and whooping cough.
Gympie Amcal Max is one of 200 pharmacies across Queensland currently participating in the second phase of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP), which is investigating the benefits of having registered pharmacists provide vaccines in a community pharmacy setting.
QPIP has been authorised by the Queensland Government, as part of a commitment to increase immunisation rates in Queensland, and provide Queenslanders with greater access to medical services. QPIP is being delivered in partnership with The Pharmacy Guild, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology.
As the community’s most accessible and frequently used health care providers, pharmacists have a unique opportunity to boost immunisation rates.
One in six Australians are likely to experience depression and one in four likely to experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Research shows that 65% of people who have experienced a mental health disorder in the last 12 months did not seek help. These statistics clearly show there is more need now than ever before for pharmacists to play a role in mental health in the community.