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Are You Going to Use Finasteride for Hair Loss? Read This First

Sold in the market under the brand names Propecia and Proscar, finasteride is a medication that is intended to treat people who are suffering from hair loss.  In the early days, finasteride was just like other medications that were originally used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer. It turns out that patients who took finasteride for their prostate-related issues had experienced great results with it, along with a surprising bonus, and that is, the growth of hair.

Finasteride actually works by means of inhibiting or stopping type II 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT, in turn, is the one responsible for losing one’s hair, resulting to baldness if not remedied.  Thus, simply put, the action of finasteride is to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT, and the end result would be the prevention of hair loss. This “favorable side effect” of preventing hair loss and promoting growth of new hair by finasteride is what made it famous in the pharmaceutical world, not by its primary use which is for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy and other prostate-related ailments. Read more…

Vacation denied: 29% of MDs can't find locums

The Canadian Medical Association has reported some new numbers on locum use from the 2007 National Physician Survey.

According to the survey, 29% of doctors wanted to get a locum to come in and cover their practices for a time but were unable to find someone willing to do so. Unsurprisingly, therefore, nearly half of physicians said they were dissatisfied with the availability of locums.

"As a profession we should be worried about that," said CMA president Dr Robert Ouellet.

One solution, proposed by the CMA in 2003 but still not achieved, is to create a licence to practise for locums that would enable them to move from province to province without regulatory hassles.

You can read the CMA's full release here.

Want to know where to look to try to track down one of those elusive locums? Earlier this year Parkhurst Exchange published an article I wrote called "Help! I can't find a locum!" that might give you some ideas.

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  1. sharon12 August, 2009 9:13 AM

    If you want to "catch" something you have to have "bait".

    Bait is not describing what fantastic fishing equipment you have.....

    Bait is something the "catch" is already hunting for......

    Q-What are "locums" hunting for?

    All of the ones I have ever met had a " personal" reason for their choice:

    +relocation scan (keenest)
    +money ( poorest patient-centred performers )
    +access to "new" experience (casual)

    I think some thought should be given to adding some "evaluation" power to the experience that enhances their professional status

    let's forecast:
    ( which is what "proactive" really means in a strategic plan )
    A new thrust for enhancing their exposure to" collaborative practice"......

    ...... versus "family practice" placement alone

    Q- will this be the next funded model?

    (excerpt from an evaluation framework)

    'new partnerships, structures, curricula, communications, and resources are needed to support interprofessional education and practice'

    Now all we have to do is two things:

    1.find out how to get the bait " on a hook"

    2.get the "catch" to recognize the "bait".....

  2. Purley Quirt (aka Sharon)17 September, 2009 9:23 AM

    now here's an idea.........


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