New study suggests Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) could be breakthrough treatment for Alzheimers

A new study has found that N-Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), a curious organic compound increasingly attracting the interest of medical researchers, greatly reduces symptoms of Alzheimers Disease (AD) in animals. The study, conducted by scientists from the University of Ferrara in Italy and published in Frontiers, looked at pre-clinical data from both in vitro and in vivo 

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When medicines run dry, what’s your back up plan?

What do you do when your hospital pharmacy can’t fill a script? I don’t mean your computers have gone down, I mean supplies of the medication requested have run dry. Not just at your pharmacy and not just in your city or town, but right across the country. Do you have a back-up plan? The 

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220 medications discontinued in the past 18 months

Since the start of 2018, over 220 medications have been discontinued by the manufacturer and taken off the market for reasons other than safety, according to data compiled by the (TGA). In over half of the cases the impact to public health has been assessed as ‘medium’. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding said when 

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New study finds Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) could offer hope to sufferers of Fibromyalgia

A newly released observational study conducted by researchers from the Verona University Hospital in Italy has suggested that a substance currently classified as a food product could potentially offer hope to sufferers of Fibromyalgia. In the study, data from 407 fibromyalgia patients who had been prescribed ultramicronized Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) tablets between the years 2013 and 

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Are gut microbes making a meal of our medication?

Ever wondered why some people respond well to a course of medication, while others hardly respond at all? It may have to do with the different levels of medication-munching microbes lurking in our guts, according to a new body of research. Scientists from Harvard University and University of California San Francisco have just released results 

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What is a troche and how do they work?

Far from being a new-age invention, the humble troche been around since at least 1000 BC when the ancient Egyptians made a type of lozenge from honey, herbs and spices to treat a sore throat. Now-days troches are used as a medicine delivery vehicle in the treatment of a range of conditions from menopause to 

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50% of patients don’t stick to their long term medical treatment plan – why this is a problem for aged care providers

In the aged care environment ensuring patients take all their medication every time is a constant challenge. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in their report ‘Adherence to Long-Term Therapies – Evidence for Action’ claims that in developed countries 50% of patients on long-term treatment plans don’t take their medications as prescribed. These 50% skip their 

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