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Two generations ago community pharmacists in Britain carried out an important function in advising their customers on many matters concerning their health. For a variety of reasons this lapsed over the next generation, until in the 1980s it began to undergo a revival.
A curious situation has been described from Toronto in The Lancet for 23 February. Two men, a 63-year-old father and his 29-year-old son, came to hospital with flank pain, conjunctivitis, anorexia, fever, chills, thirst and vomiting. Both showed acute renal failure. Biochemical testing showed severe vitamin D intoxication. The patients were treated with prednisone and made some improvement. The younger man later suffered from extreme pain, nausea and dehydration, and was treated with hydrocortisone, sodium phosphate and pamidronic acid.
The growing problem of obesity was under discussion at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston in February. Strangely enough, although we generally attribute obesity to those living in countries with high income and plentiful food, the epidemic is spreading to developing countries where these factors are not applicable.
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