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Our weekly round-up of PR and medical education stories.

Loud ties beat cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer is encouraging people to get sponsored for wearing their loudest ties or most flamboyant jewellery to help raise awareness of their Loud Tie campaign. Running from January 31 to February 4, the charity is also encouraging people to organise a loud tie event with a view to tempt others to join in the fun. For more details and advice on bowel cancer, visit www.beating bowelcancer.org, or call the charity on 020 8892 5256.

ABPI launches report

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has launched its first report from the seminar Current Issues in Clinical Trials. The report features information from the meeting such as Patients on trials - before, during and after, The EU Directive - impact and implications for UK research and Beyond patients as subjects - patients and protocol development. Copies of the seminar report are available from the ABPI Publications Department on 020 7930 3477 ext 1446 or email publications@abpi.org.uk.

Drunkenness hospitalises children

Nearly 2,000 children a year are admitted to hospital through drunkenness according to the latest analysis of figures from the NHS. The number of children aged 14 and under hospitalised with ìmental or behavioural disorders due to alcoholî has risen 13.5 per cent over the past six years in England. Among girls, the increase is 24 per cent. The rate of alcohol-related admissions for women under 25 also rose slightly and was ìconsistent with other findings of an increase in binge drinking in this groupî, said the survey.

Herbal medicines boom

One in five people in the UK are using herbal medicines as increased awareness of the side effects of some conventional medicines continues. Woman buy twice as many herbal medicines than men and the demand is predicted to soar by 45 per cent in the next five years says Potter's Herbal Medicines. This news follows the launch last week of Potter's Herbal Medicines new Femmeherb range. Designed to provide effective relief for female problems, the range includes Cystaid, Monthly, Sweet Dreams, Newrelax, Prementaid and Slim Aid.

2nd September 2008

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