Just a few bites of pharma and/or medical news for you to chew on this Tuesday morning:
No guilt weekends! A recent study suggests sticking to your diet for 5 days per week is good enough to promote your weight-loss goals. A little cheating and fun-food over the weekends didn’t significantly hinder the progress of most individuals.
What is “brain death?” – A couple nationally publicized cases have highlighted the issues surrounding the very definition of death in our culture. Here is a good NEJM article which focuses on some of the medical matters related to the currently acceptable approach.
Pills & Pistols? While some pharmacy chains are removing tobacco from their shelves, others are finding a profitable niche in selling guns. Today’s pharmacies must be creative to survive, since the profitability isn’t from prescriptions any more.
Paging Dr. Wiki! Apparently Wikipedia, the free contributor-built online encyclopedia is becoming a valuable resource for medical information, even for healthcare professionals. Actually, I’ve been saying that for a while. I chalk it up to the fact that many otherwise reliable information resources do a poor job in communicating their content in a concise and organized fashion.
Prescription-only Nasacort now available OTC! Nasacort is a steroid nasal spray approved to relieve sinus symptoms related to allergies. Now you can get it without a prescription. If you currently use a nasal steroid and pay a high copay, you may want to check this out as an alternative (always confirm with your physician before starting or stopping any prescribed therapy).
“Healing is a matter of time. But it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates