#TOTW (from 24-06-14): “The Pain Detective”

It’s been a very varied week of tweeting this week, encompassing most of the “usual” topics. The one that sticks out for me, and this week’s #TOTW was a retweet that I took from @mosaicscience:

RT Brilliant film about and the management of chronic pain

Here they followed a guy called Colin Froy as he visited one of the major drugs companies to find out how they produce their drugs. The link to the film can be found below. It lasts about 30 minutes, but it is well worth the time, as what he discovered, I think should be of interest to all of us that use drugs in some way on a regular basis:

I was sad to learn at the end of the video/documentary that Colin has since passed away. I think it’s great that his family are allowing this video to be shown. It’s a really educational video.

Please take the time to watch it and learn something about how drugs are developed, some of the science behind it, and how dugs get to market.

Until next week…

Ben

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#TOTW (19-06-2014): ‘Dementia progress ‘achingly slow’ says global envoy’

In a week dominated by talk of dementia, I decided that this week’s #TOTW is:

‘Dementia progress ‘achingly slow’ says global envoy’ via

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27912473

I think Dr.Gillings sums it up far better than I could, so:

“Dementia is a ticking bomb costing the global economy £350bn and yet progress with research is achingly slow. Research must become more attractive to pharmaceuticals so they will invest and innovate.

“Just as the world came together in the fight against HIV/Aids, we need to free up regulation so that we can test groundbreaking new drugs, and examine whether the period for market exclusivity could be extended.

“Without this radical change, we won’t make progress in the fight against dementia.”

If you look at the figures on the BBC link, then you will see that Government spending on dementia research is almost 1/10th that which is spent on cancer research, and although I’m not suggesting that one is more worthy than the other, clearly there needs to be a re-balancing of the proportion here. The Government has pledged to increase spending by about £14 millions by next year. Clearly a drop in the ocean, and not something that is going to help the massive push needed to come up with either a preventative drug or a cure for this extremely debilitating disease.

Until next week…

#TOTW (from 29-05-14): ‘Human vs superbug: Too late to turn the tide?’

A few months ago, at the end of each week’s tweeting, I started to pick one of my tweets/retweets and post it again as my ‘Tweet of the Week’ or #TOTW. This has usually been for a topic that is important to me for one reason or another, or just something that I feel deserves more “airtime.”

From today I have decided to start posting my #TOTW on my website, in order that I might write a few words about it. This may literally just be a few words, or a bit more depending on the subject and the time I have. Whatever it is I write, I will just have more opportunity than Twitter, with it’s 140 characters!

So from all the topics I have tweeted about this last week I chose:

‘Human vs superbug: Too late to turn the tide?’ from

I chose this topic, as it is hugely important, and one which is in the press/media a lot lately. I don’t actually have a whole lot to say about it, other than, please take a look at the link from the BBCiWonder website and see if there is anything you didn’t already know about antibiotic resistance, and what you can do to help fight it.

If the subject is of interest to you, then please have a scroll through my Twitter-feed and you’ll find a number of links to the topic, as it’s something I regularly tweet about. In fact I tweeted about it first thing this morning! 🙂