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Is There Fair Business Practice in Pharmaceutical Companies?

Fair business practice is the idea that governing bodies refer to when dealing with trust issues and breaches in antitrust law and the point is to make sure that competition is not hindered in any way. However, anti-competitive practices do exist and are the focus of many legal institutions, for example, the Department of Justice in America is focused on getting rid of anti-competitive practices in healthcare, especially in areas such as price-fixing and in circumstances where healthcare providers attempt to persuade customers to drug providers that are cheaper for that provider (1). 

The price-fixing issue in pharmaceuticals can be considered as more of a Continue reading “Is There Fair Business Practice in Pharmaceutical Companies?”

What is Hepatitis?

It’s World Hepatitis Day and so I’d like to briefly explore what Hepatitis is. Before research for this post, I didn’t know that there were so many types of hepatitis and that for some of them, especially autoimmune, the causes are unknown.

Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. The causes are viral infection or liver damage by alcohol. The type determines whether the hepatitis will

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Female Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology

 

Prior to this blog post, the only female Nobel Laureate in chemistry that I knew of was Marie Curie and I didn’t know that there were any in the field of medicine. This may have just been my ignorance but now I know all of them and have been empowered because of it. Continue reading “Female Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology”

CRPS- What is it?

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome was first described by Ambroise Pare who reported that after blood-letting King Charles IX, who had persistent pain. This fits into what can trigger the disorder: burns, cuts, surgical procedures, sprains. In the past CRPS was linked with the word causalgia which depicts a burning sensation.

About 1 in 3,800 people a year are diagnosed with CRPS and 7% of people who experience in one limb will later experience it in another limb.

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Antidepressants- Are Pills The Way Forward?

Pills
Pills (was it obvious?)

Antidepressants are drugs developed to suppress the symptoms of depression (too obvious?)

There are two main causes of depression that are treated by antidepressants; if the person has low serotonin levels they are mostly treated with SSRI’s; selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors to increase this level. Serotonin is important to brain activity because it is a neurotransmitter and so sends signals between neurons and although scientists are still unsure of why, especially since the level of serotonin can only be monitored in the bloodstream currently and not the brain, the site of neurological activity. Because of this uncertainty, it is unknown why serotonin relieves the symptoms of depression Continue reading “Antidepressants- Are Pills The Way Forward?”

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