SARS was the Viral Pandemic That Wasn't, thanks largely to a global effort to corral the disease before it could spread too far into the general population. Much like the Y2K Disaster which was averted thanks to millions of hours of work by dedicated computer professionals, SARS was turned away by alert and focused medical staff. In the end, SARS infected about 8,000 people, and killed about 800. Without quick global action and coordination, it would have been far worse.
As Ben Goldacre says, "The people you should have been able to trust to fix these problems have failed you." The basic scenario at work in the pharmacy industry today is that the fox is in charge of the hen house. Drugs are being tested by the company that manufactures them, and their drug trials are - predictably - poorly designed, small, and hopelessly biased.
Though we try not to shop at Wal-Mart by any cost, in the past two years we’ve done so on occasion when we are just too broke to go anywhere else. This past week when my husband started passing a kidney stone and my daughter and I both started being sick was one of these times. So we headed over to the store to buy meds for us—cold for me, allergy for our daughter, and pain meds for my husband.
Rosacea has been a mystery for ages. It causes the skin - particularly the cheeks - to become reddened, inflamed, and rough. It often develops in adults, between 30 and 60, and is more frequently seen in women and people of Celtic ancestry. Rosacea can be extremely embarrassing, sometimes resembling acne, and often being mistaken for "gin blossoms," the chronic redness seen in the face of long-term alcoholics and heavy drinkers.