Hope for sufferers of Hypersensitive Gag Reflex

For most people, taking their medication presents no more trouble than popping down to their local chemist to have their prescription filled. However for people suffering from hypersensitive gag reflex, being prescribed a course of medication introduces another challenge above and beyond the illness itself. Hypersensitive gag reflex describes a condition where the soft tissues 

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Arthritis sufferers cautioned on using ibuprofen

  Health professionals in Australia are taking notice of a recent European study¹ which has demonstrated a link between ibuprofen and an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in patients suffering arthritis. The study, released in August of this year by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), found that patients receiving ibuprofen 

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Can you rely on a compounding pharmacy?

It comes as a surprise to some that compounding pharmacy is one of the most highly regulated industry sectors in the country. All compounding chemists in Australia are directed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia to follow guidelines set out in in the ‘Extemporaneous dispensing’ section of the current edition of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary 

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Customising medication for better pain management

Health professionals in Australia are taking notice of a recent European study¹ which has demonstrated a link between ibuprofen and an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in patients suffering arthritis. The study, released in August of this year by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), found that patients receiving ibuprofen had 

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Potential drug shortages in the wake of Hurricane Maria

The recent hurricane in Puerto Rico wreaked havoc in the U.S. territory, killing 45 people, flattening thousands of buildings and devastating the Caribbean island’s economy. However many people aren’t aware that Hurricane Maria has also ravaged Puerto Rico’s little-known, but highly-significant pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, described as “one of the biggest in the world”. According to 

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Why your skin loves Vitamin C

Most people are familiar with Vitamin C as a natural way to boost the immune system however Vitamin C has many other health benefits, including the promotion of healthy skin. While there are many topical skin creams and moisturisers on the market that claim to rejuvenate the skin, Vitamin C serum is one of the 

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Cases of rotavirus on the rise

Australian health officials are reminding people to practice good personal hygiene after a spike in reported cases of the gastrointestinal bug, rotavirus, in New South Wales. 1300 cases of the highly-infectious rotavirus have been recorded in the state this year alone, representing a 5-year high. Health officials are currently investigating the reasons behind the dramatic 

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Sleep quality and the case for melatonin

Increasingly sleep deprivation is being recognised by health professionals as having a significant impact on a person’s health. Matthew Walker, director at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science links sleep deprivation to a range of serious health issues¹ including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and poor mental health. He describes the implications of 

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Is it OK to buy medications from an overseas website?

The quick answer here is no. The long answer is absolutely not. There are hundreds of overseas websites on the internet offering “cheap” drugs they claim are identical to the ones you’re paying more for here in Australia. But remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here’s why:   

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What your pH levels say about your health

We all know we should be eating more fruit and vegetables and less processed foods like sugary drinks, white bread, ice cream and those mysterious deep fried chicken nuggets (do they actually contain chicken?). The media is saturated with the “eat more vegetables” message like so many beef patties in a McDonald’s fryer. It’s hard 

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