An increase in unhealthy lifestyle choices, has led to a direct increase in cardio vascular disease, cancer and many respiratory ailments. Mass production of medicines to tackle these diseases seemed like the only feasible way. However, rather than looking into the future, it would be wise to investigate the past to develop effective treatments for the above mentioned diseases. Traditional medicines have always been clouded with distrust and scepticism. But many instances have proven than, these medication give the exact or even better benefits with minimal side effects. Hence Pradeep Cholan argues that scientists should investigate these medicines, so as to spread the benefits worldwide rather than it pertaining to a specific community.
We appreciate the utilisation and usefulness of pharmaceutical products, and its effects on increasing the quality of life for all individuals. However this is not always the case. Times like these also require the intuitive initiative to always consider what is best for the patient.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea is an enigma of the international system. One of the less conventional methods North Korea has turned to through various guises is drug trafficking and manufacture. These efforts appeared to have cultiminated in 2003 with the spectacular seizure by Australian authorities on the high seas of the North Korean owned ship, the Pong Su, after a botched delivery of 150 kilograms of heroin was uncovered. This has been further reinforced by a Hong Kong-North Korean drug ring that was arrested by the DEA in November 2013. While the Pong Su and more recent incidents are likely an attempt to expand outside North Korea’s traditional ‘drug markets’ of China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, it also has shed light into the murky activities of the now infamous Division 39 of the Korean Worker’s Party and why the North Korean government is undertaking this trade, Alochonaa Editor, Liam Maddrell writes….