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…

Practice Management: Add travel medicine to your practice

Travel can be rewarding in more ways than one

Travel medicine is not formally recognized as a specialty in Canada. Travel medicine consultations aren’t included on provincial lists of reimbursed services. Does that mean travel medicine doesn’t deserve your attention? Far from it.

Because travel medicine consults are uninsured, you can charge patients directly and name your price. Administering all the various vaccines can bring in a fair-sized chunk of additional revenue, too.

Because it’s not a specialty, says Dr. Jay Keystone, a longtime travel medicine expert and professor at the University Toronto, “any practitioner can call him or herself a travel medicine practitioner without any training or certification whatsoever.” (There’s one exception: your clinic must get a special Health Canada licence to give the yellow fever vaccine.) So there are no major bureaucratic hurdles to jump over to get into travel medicine.

And — best of all — according to GP/FP travel medicine practitioners, travel medicine can be an enjoyable and satisfying aspect of your practice.

Click to read the rest of this article on the Parkhurst Exchange website.

Image: Shutterstock

5 comments:

said...

RE: Travel medicine

Hear! Hear!

...especially if you do it free of charge.....

Why fill your pocketbook ... when you can fill your soul?

said...

Another benefit to giving travel-med consults in a family medicine context is the fact that many travelling patients are likely not getting travel medicine advice at all right now. That's in large part because it's a hassle for patients to be forced to visit a new clinic and a new physician just for a couple of shots and some simple health-maintenance advice. It's perplexing why more family doctors don't offer travel medicine consults -- for the money, yes, but also as a common-sense service to their patients.

said...

Travel is medicine for many people ,it creates an energy in our heart and body and makes our feeling pleasent and we feel better than ever.
Thanks

Cape Town Accommodation says:
“Interesting post, we shall be following your blog more closely in future! Best Wishes from Cape Town ”

said...

Hi - I used a service when I visited in 2009; however, my driver started his own business and from friend's I've sent his info to, they found him slightly more competitive on price. I thought he was absolutely wonderful. I still keep in touch w/ him threw the following email.

info@oasistravelindia.com

Safe travels!

Wheelchair Ramp Engineer said...

I think your story will be useful