Publication Date 01/04/2014         Volume. 6 No. 3   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Business is tight!
Cash flow has evaporated!
The PGA calls for unity while simultaneously dismembering the business of consultant pharmacists.
The federal government continues to strip massive funds from the PBS to the extent that it is gasping for air.
Oh, and I forgot, the Revive Clinic thinks that pharmacists cannot vaccinate patients in community pharmacies ( It is actually a warehouse pharmacy group trying to destabilise the market here to push fellow-pharmacists off balance by supporting the Revive group).
Even wage-earning pharmacists have discovered that they have not had a rise in their pay over the past five years

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Immune system key discovered

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

A team of Monash University researchers has discovered the importance of a protein, which could improve the way the drug interferon is used to strengthen the human immune system.
Published online in the prestigious journal Immunity, the findings show that the protein promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger (PLZF) is a key player in the body's immune response to disease, increasing our understanding of the function of the immune system.(Source: Science Alert )

Team leader, Professor Bryan Williams, at the Monash Institute of Medical Research, said the findings demonstrate a role for PLZF, not previously recognised, that shows the protein is key to the body's immunologically important interferon response.

"We have shown that interferon stimulates an association between PLZF and cofactors to switch on a decisive subset of interferon-stimulated genes, including those involved in protection against viral infections," Professor Williams said.

Interferon is a naturally produced substance that modulates the immune response and provides protection against viral infections and cancer. It has been developed as a drug over many years and has been used in the treatment of hepatitis, cancer and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.
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