The accident of the discovery of penicillin (the first antibiotic) has been described as one of the luckiest that ever occurred in medicine. Since the discovery of penicillin other antibiotics, such as streptomycin, aureomycin, chloromycetin and terramycin, have been discovered. Each play their part in the service of doctors attacking infections due to bacteria in man.
Some doctors now believe that aspirin can be used to treat many disorders, even heart disease. They say it could be medicine’s most important drug. Simple, old-fashioned aspirin, much maligned, much abused, and certainly over-used, may be heading for unprecedented medical stardom in the 1980s. Indeed, some doctors predict it may become the most important
Do you know what psychiatric drugs can do to you? Because you may not be aware of some of the side effects of your treatment the Mental Patients Union has produced a list of the most commonly used drugs and their side-effects. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they are the symptoms of your illness,
In most workplaces, employees are not at risk from transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. However, in workplaces where employees have contact with blood or body fluids there is a potential for transmission of these viruses. This code of practice applies to those at highest risk – health care workers, police, prison officers
For many years, we have heard a good deal about the economic and health threat of pesticides in meat. This is the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. Our widespread use of chemicals foreign to the human body, xenobiotics, is a problem that could reach catastrophic proportions unless we learn to live with them sensibly. It
A 55-year-old African man was found unconscious at Al Doha airport in the state of Qatar at 11:00 am. The patient was unconscious, tachypnic, pupils were fixed and dilated, blood pressure 150/90mmHg, Pulse 105/min, and the oral temperature was 37ºC. Because the individual was alone and unresponsive no past medical history was obtained. The patient