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Ontario pharmacists expected to diagnose and prescribe for common ailments

Across Canada, the scope of what pharmacists can and can’t do varies across the provinces. Alberta, which has been at the forefront when it comes to additional prescribing authority, allows pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics. In Nova Scotia they can prescribe for minor ailments like acne and cold sores. Pharmacists in British Columbia can give strep throat tests and in Saskatchewan, they can prescribe birth control and bladder infection medication. In Ontario, pharmacists are largely restricted to refilling and extending prescriptions, with little to no ability to prescribe medications. However, the Ontario Pharmacists Association is hailing a move that may give pharmacists in Ontario new

Helping the Season Shine a Little Brighter

MEDUCOM is so excited to be a part of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Adopt-A-Family program again this year! The program matches families in need with community donors. Thanks to the generosity of our team, MEDUCOM was able to purchase much-needed items including sweaters, socks and a grocery card for our family. Visiting the donation site to see “Santa’s Workshop” brings to light the importance donations have, especially during the holidays! There are currently 190 families that still need support. If you’d like to take-part and make the holiday season shine a little brighter, visit www.childrensfoundation.org/what-we-do/adopt-a-family

The future of celiac disease: Takeda acquires licence to investigational first-in-class therapy

Nearly 1% of Canadians are affected by celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder where the immune system reacts to gluten and damages the villi of the small intestine. The current standard treatment is life-long adherence to a gluten-free diet, which can carry a heavy social and economic burden. Takeda Pharmaceuticals recently acquired the license to CNP-101/TAK-101, a first-in-class immune-modifying nanoparticle containing gliadin proteins (a component of gluten). In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II trial, patients with well-controlled, biopsy-proven CD were treated intravenously on days 1 and 8. Starting on day 13, patients were challenged with a 14-day period of r

World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and coincides with the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin in 1922. What is Diabetes? People with diabetes can't produce insulin or their body can't properly use the insulin their body does produce. Type 1 diabetes is usually the result of an auto-immune reaction where the immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin. Onset is usually during childhood, but for some patients it can develop during adulthood. Patients with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin and, if they don’t have access to insulin, they will die. Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 90% of all diabetes cases and is characterised by insulin resi

A Case of the Blues: Is Screen Time Linked to Decreased Longevity?

We’ve all been cautioned to spend less time around light-emitting screens to benefit our eye health—but what if minimized screen time also meant maximizing our lifespan? New research from Oregon State University suggests chronic exposure to blue light wavelengths may negatively impact longevity. The study--which measured the lifespans, locomotor function, photoreceptor count and brain neurodegeneration in fruit flies exposed to blue light--found that prolonged exposure to blue light strongly induced the expression of stress-responsive genes and decreased fly lifespans by up to 30%. In addition to this, it caused significant increases in photoreceptor damage and brain neurodegeneration, and d

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