Becoming part of the therapy

Séamus Ruane MPSI looks at the evidence-based benefits of human contact and empathy among ‘social animals’ like ourselves and the impact of Covid-19 on these…

Play to your strengths

Sometimes the apparently obvious candidate for a job in the pharmacy may not be the best choice after all, writes Séamus Ruane MPSI Have you…

Too busy to breathe?

Far from being a fad, mindfulness is more relevant than ever, writes Séamus Ruane, community pharmacist and certified positive psychology practitioner “If one more person…

Resistance and persistence

Pathogenic bacteria in humans are developing resistance to antibiotics much faster than expected, new research shows Computational research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has…

Hair today, gone tomorrow

As discussions and preparations continue for the return to normal school and crèche routines, the perennial problem of head lice will inevitably surface to worry…

Life and learning at Lloyds Pharmacy

Geraldine McInerney MPSI discusses the advantages of being with LloydsPharmacy as either a graduate or experienced pharmacist With over 90 pharmacies across Ireland, LloydsPharmacy has…

Small steps consistently applied

Séamus Ruane, community pharmacist and certified positive psychology practitioner, looks at the importance of what may seem like small choices A defining moment that shaped…

Under pressure

‘Significant concerns’ have been raised about the impact of Covid-19 on health practitioners’ mental health The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP), which provides confidential treatment…

Keeping cool in the pharmacy

Maintaining vaccines in an optimum environment is crucial to their efficacy and vital to avoiding costly pharmaceutical waste. Mike Butt looks at how temperature impacts…

That ‘wellbeing lark’

Séamus Ruane, community pharmacist and certified positive psychology practitioner, looks at the importance of wellbeing and how the concept has been undervalued and misunderstood I…

The risk-based approach

The Health Products Regulatory Authority has published its 2019 annual report, which shows that there were 1,018,678 dosage units of fake and other illegal medicines…

Acute awareness of risk

HIQA recently published an overview report on its monitoring of activity in public acute hospitals in Ireland between 2015 and 2019. The Authority’s Head of…

A malignant mix

Recent research by the RCSI’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences has shown that mixing alcohol and medication may be harming more than a quarter…