Forgotten pain-killing drug could fill gap in the market left by codeine crackdown

With codeine products no longer available over the counter at Australian chemists from today (1 Feb 2018), the compounding pharmacy sector may have a gentler, non-addictive answer for sufferers of chronic pain. The alternative pain-killing medication has a name that’s enough to cause you some additional pain – Palmitoylethanolamide. In clinical trials, this curious old 

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Aging population driving demand for tailor-made medication

Australia’s health-savvy aging population is driving an increase in demand for personalised medication, with that demand expected to increase over the next 20 years, according to an expert in the field of compounded medication. Gold Coast-based chemist, Matthew Bellgrove, said he’s been tracking a noticeable increase in the number of over-60 patients coming to him 

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Symptoms and treatments for an underactive thyroid

We all go through periods when we feel tired, lethargic and unmotivated; times when we’ve lost the pep in our step. At first we blame our hectic work, family and social lives. Or maybe we cast a critical eye over our diet or woefully under-utilised gym membership. However when the sluggishness continues even after a 

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Don’t be afraid to have this conversation with your doctor

Many of us grew up being told never to question people in authority – teachers, church ministers, politicians and doctors were high on that list. However thankfully today we know that people in positions of authority are human, just like the rest of us, and not infallible.  Unlike in the past, we’re now encouraged to 

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Thyme to give nail fungus the flick

If you’ve ever had a toe nail or finger nail fungus infection you’ll know how frustratingly hard it can be to get rid of. There are numerous medicinal ointments on the market however anecdotal evidence would suggest, while offering some degree of control, they don’t cure the infection entirely. Just when you think you’re on 

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Is snail secretion the new miracle skin cream?

Our eyes rolled when we first heard about snail secretion being touted as the latest skin care miracle-cream – what will the beauty industry come up with next, we wondered. However when you delve into the research, the proponents of snail secretion might actually be on to something. The story goes that snail farmers in 

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Sports injury pain relieved by capscaisin from chilli

If you’ve ever bitten into a big juicy cayenne chilli and given it a good chew you will be intimately familiar with the concept of true pain. Your eyeballs will turn to molten lava, and you’ll gasp for air as a thousand fire ants wielding flame throwers torch the inside of your head. At least 

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