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Think you’re ill but would rather not spend hours in a doctor’s waiting room? Want to find out how your DNA may affect your health for about the same cost as a family day out at the zoo? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people are now taking their medical diagnoses into their own hands, in the comfort of their own homes, by using at-home diagnostic testing kits. Recent technological advances mean that a huge variety of self-screening tests now exist, ranging from fertility tests to genetic profiling kits, with the number of applications continuing to grow. But are they as reliable as tests in a clinical laboratory, and could we be risking our health by using them?
Sport is not always a level playing field because some athletes take illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Such “doping” can not only give athletes advantages over others and potentially impact upon the reputation of sport, but it can also carry serious health risks.
The pharmaceutical industry has been in something of a state of flux over the past decade. New business models, regulatory changes, healthcare challenges (such as an aging population), and growing demand in emerging markets, are all shaping the direction of travel.