Healthy Steps Regardless of Age

Last week, my mother-in-law spent the weekend with us. She was not only coughing hard by the time she came to our house but she was also having difficulty breathing and she also had a bad headache. And to add to these discomforts, she told us that her chest was painful. My husband and I decided that she had to be taken to the doctor fast.

Thanks to our church mate who is also a doctor, we learned which specialist we should bring Nanay (Filipino word for Mother) to. Nanay’s doctor then informed my husband that she not only had emphysema but she was also having high blood pressure. The doctor not only prescribed medicines but she also advised that Nanay should continue taking vitamins. And she also stressed that Nanay’s diet has to change: more fish and vegetables and less meat. As Nanay took the medications, we were able to see the improvement on her health the next day.

Now when you think about it, changing our diet and regularly taking vitamins are healthy steps we can take regardless of our age. While we know that the wear and tear of age will inevitably come to us all, these can keep us a bit healthier longer 🙂 Perhaps we can say that they can add years to our life and even life to our years 🙂

Let's not forget our fruits and vegetables. Photo: Stoonn/
Let’s not forget our fruits and vegetables. Photo: Stoonn/

5 Reasons Why Working in the Pharmaceutical Industry is Rewarding

The pharmaceutical industry is the most successful research-based industry in Britain and its employees contribute more to the national economy per head than those of any other sector. Nearly 70,000 people work in the industry, of whom nearly half are scientists and engineers, a fifth are technicians, laboratory assistants and draughtsmen and the remainder are administrative and other staff.

For many, the main motivation for entering the industry is the desire to help improve the lives of other people, and pharmacy jobs offer a greater opportunity than most industries for making a difference. As you will see, it involves far more than just handing out medicines at the local pharmacy.

1. Job satisfaction. Many workers value job satisfaction above most other factors when choosing a job. Although there are some who view the development and manufacture of drugs negatively, the fact is that drugs save lives and improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world. The enormous health benefits that drugs bring, makes working in the pharmaceutical industry highly rewarding and means that workers in the industry are dedicated and enthusiastic.

2. Opportunities for research. There is very little more exciting than making a breakthrough in your chosen field that will have a big impact on the lives of people in the future. In Britain, the pharmaceutical industry carries out more research than any other, offering employees the opportunity to be part of a team at the cutting edge of research into drugs that can change lives. If you can imagine how you would feel you helped to develop a drug that could beat cancer or cure Alzheimer’s, then you will understand why pharmaceutical research is important and rewarding.

3. New technology. The pharmaceutical industry is not just about drugs and chemicals, albeit they are at its heart. The industry needs engineers of all types, IT experts and administrators. All are dedicated to the development and use of new technology designed to improve the development, manufacture and distribution of products. This means that the industry is dynamic and fast moving and at the cutting edge of technology.

4. Pay and conditions. Although working in such an important and influential industry is reward enough for many, you still have to make a living for you and your family. The pharmaceutical industry employs the best in their fields and pays them accordingly at very competitive rates. The industry is also vast, so there are plenty of opportunities for career advancement and for working in a variety of locations – many pharmaceutical companies are global, meaning that you may even get the chance to work overseas.

5. Variety. The world of pharmaceuticals never stands still. There are new developments and breakthroughs all the time, so you will have to keep pace. You will be working with professionals from a range of disciplines from around the world and will have the chance to work in a number of environments. If variety is what you are looking for, then pharmaceuticals could be the job for you.

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