RxISK Stories – Azathioprine withdrawal

This post was written by Ken Spriggs and comes from his DIYEHR (do it yourself electronic health record) site, and has first been published on the RxISK.org website. If you would like to comment on this post, please do so using this link. It brings out nicely how some people are only aware of the problems their drug causes when they stop. This is particularly true for people taking statins, but … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories: Withdrawal from antidepressants – V’s story

[For the next few weeks, this blog will take a feed from RxISK.org of RxISK stories. If you would like to comment on this post please do so on the RxISK website using this link. RxISK is open to stories from anyone on drugs who have adverse events and are in need of answers or from doctors managing adverse events on any medical drugs]. Question from V This is what V wrote on filing a RxISK … [Read more...]

RxISK Stories – Withdrawal from Clopidogrel

[For the next few weeks, this blog will take a feed from RxISK.org of RxISK stories, alternating with posts challenging Barack and Mitt to get to grips with healthcare costs. RxISK is open to stories from anyone on drugs who have adverse events and are in need of answers or from doctors managing adverse events on any medical drugs]. Query from Fiona Barton  Dr Healy, a friend suggested I email … [Read more...]

The tree must go

Crusoe had a chance to view the new facility - the brainchild of one of the world’s wealthiest men, who had made his name in a race to sequence the genetic code. He had famously used his own DNA in the process. He later went on to create synthetic life and it was from synthetic biology He made his fortune. The inspiration to recreate Eden came from watching an old movie, The Truman Show, in … [Read more...]

The Oedipus Effect

Crusoe was called to see the woman. It all began she said when on the way home after a successful board meeting, taking shelter from a sudden downpour, he stepped into an empty building. There he saw something. Perhaps it was the nutmeg with the meal or the mushrooms that did it. A bunch of children, he said, sitting looking at a stockmarket ticker tape. Many of them appeared limbless, had cleft … [Read more...]

Suffer the little children

This post was written by Dr Irene Campbell-Taylor, a former Clinical Neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. This phrase means, of course, to allow the little children but today I want to write about children who are suffering in the other sense. The word “patient” comes from the Latin patire, to suffer or to endure. The children I write of here are … [Read more...]

Krystallized

BBC Radio Four's Today program ran a piece on August 2 in response to an NHS report showing a startling 500% rise in prescriptions for antidepressants since the advent of SSRIs and a 9% rise last year. Close to 47m prescriptions were dispensed in the NHS in 2011 for anti-depressants and sleeping pills. There has been a rise year on year for the last two decades. “antidepressants work” and … [Read more...]