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Health News making Headlines, Worldwide; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Health News making Headlines, Worldwide; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Health and Medicine make news headlines daily.  Technology changes the ways that the world deals with health and sickness.  Research finds new bacteria causing new types of illnesses.  Research also finds new ways of treating old and new infections, with new technologies.

Health News Makers:

  1. Chinese Researchers has performed “chemical surgery” on embryos, human embryos, in order to remove disease. The surgery is a world first and must be done very precisely.  This new technique is called base editing and is used to correct an error in the human genetic code.  Altering the fundamental DNA building blocks with base editing can prove to be a welcome discovery.  The research team says this new approach can one day be used to treat a wide range of diseases that can be inherited.
  2. Rapid Diagnosis through a blood test can rule out the possibility of a heart attack, or confirm that a patient did suffer a heart attack. Unlike the blood tests that are currently done, and that need a repeat test three hours later; it seems that this test will only need a single test to be able to confidently make a decision whether the patient suffered a heart attack or not.  This instant blood test can also better discriminate between chest pains caused by symptoms of other illnesses.
  3. Researchers found an immune response pathway in mosquito species that is capable of stopping the parasite, which is the cause of Malaria in humans, from developing. The research found that silencing a specific gene, in mosquitoes, the development of malaria-causing parasites was efficiently blocked.  A lot of research goes into mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite.  The ultimate is to create malaria-proof mosquitoes through genetic manipulation.

All over the world researchers continuously develop new cures to illnesses suffered by humans.  Some results will make the headlines and others will silently better the world towards health and wellness.

An Online Pharmacy versus a Traditional Pharmacy; Pros and Cons of Online Pharmacies

An Online Pharmacy versus a Traditional Pharmacy; Pros and Cons of Online Pharmacies

An Online pharmacy operates through the Internet.  Customers place their orders via the online pharmacy’s website and receive their orders through the mail or other types of shipping companies. You should always make sure the company you order from is a legitimate online pharmacy, either working in the same place you reside or it may be situated in a different country.

You will also find the unethical, illegal internet pharmacies.  These websites might contain lies about where it resides, what their procedures include and the certificates they may have.  They may send you outdated medications, past their expiry date, or even counterfeit medications.  They do not follow the procedures and safeguards that all pharmacies must operate under.

Concerns and Risks of ordering medications from an Online Pharmacy:

Information, for example, the origin, address, of the company is wrong; because it might not follow rules and regulations of the country it resides in.  Also, the origin of medications may be wrongly stated because it is bogus medications, produced illegally.

Children or Minors can order without the supervision of an adult; controlled substances, that won’t be easy to come by in legal pharmacies, can be easily ordered, by almost anyone that has access to, and can work the Internet.

Illegal pharmacies can send counterfeit medications; because unethical pharmacies work outside of rules and regulations, they can actually send you anything as if it is the original, without you knowing the difference.  Outdated or substituted medications can cause great harm and even death.

Other Issues and Concerns; may include the potential lack in confidentiality, packaged improperly, as well as the lack of checking for drug interactions.

When issued your medications at a Traditional Pharmacy you know that all regulations and stipulations and rules were followed to ensure your safety and the proper legal workings of said pharmacy.

However, when ordering online, there is little or none protection for the consumer.  Because of this lack of regulation and sometimes also lack of legality; the Internet made it very easy for drug dealers to visit you in your own living room.  This also causes substance and drug abuse, even death because of drug or medication interactions, incorrect administration and dosage, and also the use of drugs with impure ingredients.

While ordering online can be beneficial for persons that are housebound or bedridden; it also made ordering online easy for children and persons incapable of being responsible around drugs.

Entry Requirements when you apply for a study course in Pharmacy; and Careers in the field of Pharmacy

Entry Requirements when you apply for a study course in Pharmacy; and Careers in the field of Pharmacy

Studying towards achieving a degree in Chemistry, will be a perfect course for those interested in chemistry and the workings of medicines to assists in curing illness.  This study area is ideal for students with an interest in diseases, health, and science.

Entry requirements for studies in Pharmacy:

This may vary, depending on the career you want to follow.  The basic qualifications would be required in English, chemistry, and maths.  Entry requirements can vary from university to university.  You will also need:

  1. A Typical International Baccalaureate requirement of 34 points.
  2. A Typical A-level requirement of AAB
  3. A Typical IELTS requirement from 6.5 for the overall point, and no lower than 6.0 in any or all of the components.

Generally, Pharmacy courses take four years to finish.  Modules during the course will include; biology, pharmacology, chemistry, physiology pharmaceutics, ethics, and economics.  Students will benefit from placements within their field of study, to get practical work experience.  These placements will also provide professional experience and valuable insights to working in this field.

Careers you can choose from when you finished your Degree in Pharmacy:

Pharmacy graduates can choose out of three main career fields;

  1. Pharmacist; mostly work in community pharmacies and complex pharmacies inside hospitals. They ensure that over the counter medication is correctly prescribed and that patients are given the correct medicines.  They give advice on treatments and how to manage the dosage of medications prescribed.  Pharmacists work closely with healthcare professionals, nurses, and doctors.
  2. Pharmacy Technician; can work in more than one area, community pharmacies, as well as, hospitals. They ensure that medicine is correctly supplied and delivered to patients.  They also make sure that the dosage indicated is correct.  Pharmacy Technicians can specialize in various fields, for example, clinical trials, quality control and also manufacture.
  3. Pharmacy Assistant; working alongside technicians they can perform various tasks. This can include the taking in of prescriptions and the handing out of prescriptions.  They also answer queries, give advice to customers when needed, and keep track of stock orders to ensure that the demand of all departments are met

Achieving your degree in Pharmacy and starting a career in the provision of medicine and basic healthcare, can prove to be very rewarding.