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19th March, 2017
 
Write drug names in capital letters to avoid prescription errors

 Doctors are known to have poor handwriting and they also use abbreviations in their prescriptions. As a result, quite often, prescriptions may be unreadable and it is often said that only chemists could decipher a doctor’s prescription. This is an area that needs to be addressed by doctors as illegible prescriptions may be misread and wrongly dispensed, often with disastrous consequences.

 A report 'Preventing Medication Errors' from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published in 2006 said, "In hospitals, errors are common during every step of the medication process-procuring the drug, prescribing it, dispensing it, administering it, and monitoring its impact-but they occur most frequently during the prescribing and administering stages." 

Beneficence and nonmaleficence along with patient autonomy and justice constitute the four guiding tenets of medical ethics. Patients come to us when they are sick and as clinicians, we are trained to use our skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat them. This is the principle of beneficence 'do good' complemented by that of 'non-maleficence' i.e. to do no harm.
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Save yourself from the harmful effects of refined sugar

Refined sugar is as harmful as excess salt

New Delhi, March 18, 2017:  Excessive consumption of foods with high glycemic index that is those that quickly affect blood sugar levels significantly raises the risk of obesity and chronic disorders like diabetes and heart disease. Every 150 extra calories consumed from sugar can raise the prevalence of diabetes by 1.1 % (1). Sugar has a global effect on the body and not only does it damage the vital organs like liver and pancreas but also has a harmful effect on almost every aspect of the body's organ system.
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