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…

IN THE NEWS: Government loses appeal to close Insite

Government loses appeal to close Insite
The BC Court of Appeal rejected the federal government's appeal of a lower court's decision that Ottawa has no power to shut down the Vancouver supervised-injection site Insite.

The judges' reasoning relied on a complex and sure-to-be-divisive argument about weighing provincial jurisdiction over health matters versus federal jurisdiction over law enforcement.

The federal government has not yet said whether or not it will appeal to the BC Supreme Court.

New Alberta health minister jumps into action
Gene Zwozdesky was selected to replace Rockin' Ron Liepert as Alberta's health minister in a recent cabinet shuffle, and Mr Zwozdesky has not hesitated in getting involved in the province's healthcare disputes.

He quickly ordered planned bed closures halted [CTV News] and made comments that prompted speculation he might dismiss Alberta Health Services CEO Stephen Duckett, though the new minister denied that he planned to do so.

Mr Liepert has been assigned to head the energy ministry -- certainly not a demotion from the health portfolio -- so it's unlikely that Mr Liepert's approach to health systems management is being repudiated in this cabinet shuffle.

MORE NEWS FROM ACROSS CANADA

  • An Alberta government commission report suggested revising the province's Health Act to protect patients' rights. The report included some obliquely coded language about privatizing services, but members of the commission claimed the suggested revisions still conform to the Canada Health Act.
  • Last month, a non-doctor was elected president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for the first time ever. "Having a public member as president sends the signal that we act on behalf of the public," said registrar Dr Trevor Theman. The Calgary Herald wrote that it may be the first time a non-doctor was elected to head any province's medical regulatory body.
  • The licence approving the weight-loss drug sibutramine was suspended in the UK over concerns about dangerous cardiovascular side effects, and new warnings were added to the drug in the United States. Sibutramine is still available in Canada, where it is sold as Meridia and Apo-Sibutramine. A Health Canada review investigating cardiovascular side effects in 2003 declared the drug safe for use. [Health Canada review]

Photo: Vancouver Coastal Health

2 comments:

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The Production of Drones:

How many discussions, alerts, , infiltrations, straddlings, conflicts, have permeated the medical community?

So many...... that the bulk of reported interractions, reactions and satisfactions of patients are no longer sought..... or considered reportable.

Is the medical drone the drug-dependent cluster of disease- categorized people who are a little dazed when they find they are slotted monthly for ?treatment?

Is the medical drone the the drug-dispensing cluster of work-categorized professionals who dispense both legal and ? illegal drugs?

Is the "queen bee" the world of ? legal drug dependence...?la pharmacia?

Is the hive the fabricated places where all of these dependent people cluster to ? live their existence?

Is the hive attached to your life somehow .... threatening your everyday with its threat of ...?sting ( at the very least) or..... ? swarm ( at the very worst)?

Alas!

...... the story of the frog who was slowly boiled to death because the " fight or flight response" was dulled by " slowly, incrementally" heating the water.........is now our story :(

[I remember the first time I discovered that the education system had unilaterally "streamed" children who were " out-of-phase" into programs that led to nowhere....and "failing" thus was eliminated.

Now those students assuaged with false accolades and achievements are practitioners of false arts managed under " the supreme knowledge of the ignorant "...... :(

...and victims lie under the rubble of this earthquake of ? innocence?.....?stupidity?....... ?evil? :0

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The way we were:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVrKFeOEWyw&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48VHg8G2kC4&NR=1

May the federal government of Canada "continue to appeal" to courts, people, patients, practitioners, professors, ..... to return to a gentler, sweeter ethic of what "service to mankind" means..........

.....where the "small, mean-spirited ethic" does not prevail........

We are here together " to make a difference"...... not merely " to make change" (cha-ching).