Tablets for Kids
Difficulties with liquid medicines range from storage and transportation problems to ensuring the right dosage is taken, so why do most child medicines come in liquid form? It is widely believed that young children would find it too stressful or difficult to swallow a tablet. But Dr Diana Van Reit-Nales from the Netherlands tells us a new study in the Netherlands has produced some surprising results.
Parkinson's and Discrimination
One in 500 people in the UK suffers from Parkinson’s Disease but the symptoms aren’t always recognised by the wider public and are often misunderstood as drunken or suspicious behaviour. A recent survey by Parkinson’s UK found four in 10 sufferers had faced discrimination.
Why do some people never take their medicine even when they remember? Is it simply down to laziness? An experiment in decision-making says it is down to ‘inertia’ or simply that people are set in their ways. Gaurav Suri who conducted the study, outlines how this can be combatted.
(Picture: An Afghan health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)