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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936072/delonix-regia-leaf-extract-drle-a-potential-therapeutic-agent-for-cardioprotection
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Lung-Shuo Wang, Chun-Ting Lee, Wei-Lieh Su, Shih-Che Huang, Shu-Chi Wang
Delonix regia (Boj. Ex. Hook) is a flowering plant in the pea family found in tropical areas and its leaves are used informally to treat diseases in folk medicine. However, the cardioprotective effects in this plant are still unclear. In this study, we found that the Delonix regia leaf extract (DRLE) (400 mg/kg/d) can reduce the mortality rate in an isoproterenol (ISO)-induced heart injury and hypertrophy mouse model. Decreased serum levels of creatine phosphokinase, LDH, GOT, TNF-alpha and increased nitric oxide levels were found in DRLE-treated ISO-injured mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936030/novel-methods-to-generate-active-ingredients-enriched-ashwagandha-leaves-and-extracts
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Sunil C Kaul, Yoshiyuki Ishida, Kazuya Tamura, Teruo Wada, Tomoko Iitsuka, Sukant Garg, Mijung Kim, Ran Gao, Shoichi Nakai, Youji Okamoto, Keiji Terao, Renu Wadhwa
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an Ayurvedic herb commonly used in world-renowned traditional Indian home medicine system. Roots of Ashwagandha have been traditionally known to possess a variety of therapeutic and health promoting potentials that have not been sufficiently supported by laboratory studies. Nevertheless, most, if not all, of the preventive and therapeutic potentials have been assigned to its bioactive components, steroidal alkaloids and lactones. In contrast to the traditional use of roots, we have been exploring bioactivities in leaves of Ashwagandha...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935565/traumatic-amputations-in-children-and-adolescents-a-demographic-study-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-northern-india
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Javed Ahmad, Anil Kumar Gupta, V P Sharma, Dileep Kumar, Ganesh Yadav, Sanjai Singh
PURPOSE: To determine the demographic pattern, level, mechanism of traumatic amputation in children and adolescent age group and to compare findings with other studies. METHODS: Patients aged less than 18 years with traumatic amputation attending Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India between July 2013 and January 2016 were enrolled and their demographic characteristics were analyzed. RESULTS: Fifty-three patients were included aged less than 18 years when injured...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935518/the-idea-of-uniform-change-is-it-time-to-revisit-a-central-tenet-of-rose-s-strategy-of-preventive-medicine
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Fahad Razak, George Davey Smith, S V Subramanian
A mean-centric view of populations, whereby a change in the mean of a health variable at the population level is assumed to result in uniform change across the distribution, is a core component of Geoffrey Rose's concept of the "population strategy" to disease prevention. This idea also has a critical role in Rose's observation that individuals who are considered abnormal or sick (the rightward tail of the distribution) and those who are considered normal (the center) are very closely related, and that true preventive medicine must focus on shifting the normal or average...
December 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935483/predicting-sport-and-occupational-lower-extremity-injury-risk-through-movement-quality-screening-a-systematic-review
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Jackie L Whittaker, Nadine Booysen, Sarah de la Motte, Liz Dennett, Cara L Lewis, Dave Wilson, Carly McKay, Martin Warner, Darin Padua, Carolyn A Emery, Maria Stokes
BACKGROUND: Identification of risk factors for lower extremity (LE) injury in sport and military/first-responder occupations is required to inform injury prevention strategies. OBJECTIVE: To determine if poor movement quality is associated with LE injury in sport and military/first-responder occupations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 5 electronic databases were systematically searched. Studies selected included original data; analytic design; movement quality outcome (qualitative rating of functional compensation, asymmetry, impairment or efficiency of movement control); LE injury sustained with sport or military/first-responder occupation...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934901/towards-peptide-vaccines-against-zika-virus-immunoinformatics-combined-with-molecular-dynamics-simulations-to-predict-antigenic-epitopes-of-zika-viral-proteins
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Muhammad Usman Mirza, Shazia Rafique, Amjad Ali, Mobeen Munir, Nazia Ikram, Abdul Manan, Outi M H Salo-Ahen, Muhammad Idrees
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in Brazil has developed to a global health concern due to its likely association with birth defects (primary microcephaly) and neurological complications. Consequently, there is an urgent need to develop a vaccine to prevent or a medicine to treat the infection. In this study, immunoinformatics approach was employed to predict antigenic epitopes of Zika viral proteins to aid in development of a peptide vaccine against ZIKV. Both linear and conformational B-cell epitopes as well as cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes were predicted for ZIKV Envelope (E), NS3 and NS5 proteins...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934657/the-importance-of-quality-specifications-in-safety-assessments-of-amino-acids-the-cases-of-l-tryptophan-and-l-citrulline
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REVIEW
Hellen A Oketch-Rabah, Amy L Roe, Bill J Gurley, James C Griffiths, Gabriel I Giancaspro
The increasing consumption of amino acids from a wide variety of sources, including dietary supplements, natural health products, medical foods, infant formulas, athletic and work-out products, herbal medicines, and other national and international categories of nutritional and functional food products, increases the exposure to amino acids to amounts far beyond those normally obtained from the diet, thereby necessitating appropriate and robust safety assessments of these ingredients. Safety assessments of amino acids, similar to all food constituents, largely rely on the establishment of an upper limit [Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL)] considered to be a guide for avoiding high intake, above which adverse or toxic effects might occur...
December 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932514/long-term-therapy-with-wu-ling-san-a-popular-antilithic-chinese-herbal-formula-did-not-prevent-subsequent-stone-surgery-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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San-Yuan Wu, Huey-Yi Chen, Kao-Sung Tsai, Jen-Huai Chiang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Wen-Chi Chen
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), which is widely used to treat pain and urolithiasis, is a promising therapy for urinary stone prevention. This study investigated the clinical efficacy of a popular CHM, Wu-Ling-San (WLS), in Taiwan for the prophylaxis of recurrent nephrolithiasis as assessed by surgical stone treatment via a nationwide population-based cohort study. The National Health Insurance Research Database, 2000-2010, which included one million patient records. All patients diagnosed with stone disease at the beginning of the study...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931177/cholinesterase-inhibitory-anti-amyloidogenic-and-neuroprotective-effect-of-the-medicinal-plant-grewia-tiliaefolia-an-in-vitro-and-in-silico-study
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Dicson Sheeja Malar, Rajamohamed Beema Shafreen, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Kasi Pandima Devi
CONTEXT: Grewia tiliaefolia Vahl. (Tiliaceae) is a sub-tropical plant used as an indigenous medicine in India. However, its efficacy has not been evaluated against Alzheimer's disease. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to evaluate cholinesterase inhibitory, anti-aggregation and neuroprotective activity of G. tiliaefolia. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Grewia tiliaefolia leaves were collected from Eastern Ghats region, India, and subjected to successive extraction (petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, methanol and water)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931128/antioxidant-activities-of-ginsenoside-rg1-against-cisplatin-induced-hepatic-injury-through-nrf2-signaling-pathway-in-mice
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Yan Gao, Shifeng Chu, Qianhang Shao, Meijin Zhang, Congyuan Xia, Yingying Wang, Yueting Li, Yuxia Lou, Huiyong Huang, Naihong Chen
Oxidative stress is mainly caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The damage causes a net stress on normal organs, leading to a gradual loss of vital physiological function. ROS, such as free radicals, represent a class of molecules which are derived from the metabolism of oxygen and exist inherently. However, excessive produced ROS can damage all aerobic organisms. Ginseng is one of the most commonly used alternative herbal medicines, also as a traditional Chinese medicine. The aim of this study is to investigate the antioxidant potential function of ginsenoside Rg1 against cisplatin-caused hepatic damage...
December 8, 2016: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931021/a-retrospective-analysis-of-neonatal-encephalocele-predisposing-factors-and-outcomes
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Seyho Cem Yucetas, Necati Uçler
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the predisposing factors and outcomes of surgical management of encephaloceles at our institution. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 32 occipital encephaloceles managed operatively at the Neurosurgery Department Clinics of the Faculty of Medicine, Adıyaman University, was performed between 2011 and 2015. RESULTS: Among the study population, 19 mothers had been exposed to TORCH infections (toxoplasma, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus), 18 were in consanguineous marriages, and 3 had regular prenatal screening...
December 9, 2016: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930991/identification-of-phytoconstituents-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-putative-anticataractogenic-effect-of-an-ethanolic-root-extract-of-leucas-aspera
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Mahalingam Sundararajan, Philip A Thomas, Karuppan Babyshalini, Pitchairaj Geraldine
Modern herbal medicine has played a significant role in treating oxidative stress and related complications. In the present investigation, gas chromatography-mass spectrometric analysis of ethanolic extracts of the leaf and of the root of Leucas aspera (L. aspera) (Willd.) Link separately showed the presence of various phytoconstituents; major components have already been reported to possess various biological, including antioxidant, activities. Of the two extracts analyzed, the root extract exhibited more potential antioxidant activity than did the leaf extract...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930989/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-oil-on-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-and-oxidative-damage-in-rat-kidney
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Zeba Farooqui, Faizan Ahmed, Sana Rizwan, Faaiza Shahid, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Farah Khan
BACKGROUND: Nephrotoxicity is a severe complication in patients undergoing cisplatin (CP) chemotherapy. Previous studies in our lab have shown that administration of a single dose of CP results in decrease in the activities of brush border membrane (BBM) and free radical scavenging enzymes and induces oxidative stress in rat kidney. Nigella sativa, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Nigella sativa seed/oil has been shown to improve kidney functions in animal models of acute kidney injury...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930987/antiproliferative-effects-of-extracts-from-salvia-officinalis-l-and-saliva-miltiorrhiza-bunge-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Yuanyuan Jiang, Li Zhang, H P Vasantha Rupasinghe
Salvia species have been used as valuable medicinal and herbal plant in many countries. Salvia officinalis L. and Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge are widely used in traditional medicine for a long time. In the present study, cytotoxicity of ethanol and acetone extracts prepared from leaves and roots of two Salvia species was investigated using hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2) and normal human liver cells (WRL-68). The cytotoxicity and anti-proliferative abilities of the extracts were evaluated by measuring cell viability (MTS assay), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage, the cellular ATP level, morphological changes using an inverted microscope, and apoptosis using flow cytometry...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930947/ginseng-and-obesity-observations-and-understanding-in-cultured-cells-animals-and-humans
#15
REVIEW
Longyun Zhang, Carlos Virgous, Hongwei Si
Ginseng, a traditional medical herb, has been reported having beneficial effects in fatigue, heart diseases, diabetes, immune function and erectile dysfunction. In recent years, increasing investigations have been conducted on ginseng in preventing and treating of obesity, one of the major worldwide escalating public health concerns. However, the effect and the relevant mechanisms behind how ginseng works as an antiobesity treatment are still controversial. In this review, we briefly discussed the chemical structures, metabolism and pharmacokinetics of ginseng and its major bioactive components ginsenosides...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930734/pathogenic-mutations-in-cancer-predisposing-genes-a-survey-of-300-patients-with-whole-genome-sequencing-and-lifetime-electronic-health-records
#16
Karen Y He, Yiqing Zhao, Elizabeth W McPherson, Quan Li, Fan Xia, Chunhua Weng, Kai Wang, Max M He
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether and how whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data can be used to implement genomic medicine. Our objective is to retrospectively evaluate whether WGS can facilitate improving prevention and care for patients with susceptibility to cancer syndromes. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analyzed genetic mutations in 60 autosomal dominant cancer-predisposition genes in 300 deceased patients with WGS data and nearly complete long-term (over 30 years) medical records...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930519/who-are-the-users-of-a-traditional-chinese-sanfu-acupoint-herbal-patching-therapy-in-china-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Fen Zhou, Hong-Jun Wu, Jun-Ping Zhai, Gui-Yan Zhang, Yan Shao, Xia Tian, Ru-Yu Xia, Li-Yan Jia, Wen-Yuan Li, Ning Liang, Xiao-Yi Yan, Ruo-Han Wu, Kang Zhang, Xin-Lin Li, Cong-Cong Wang, Jian-Ping Liu
Sanfu acupoint herbal patching (SAHP) is a unique traditional Chinese medicine therapy, which has become popular for preventing acute attack of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in many regions of mainland China. However, the knowledge about its users is lacking, especially the characteristics of the users and their experience and perspectives.To investigate the demographics of users, conditions for its use and the previous experience of SAHP, as well as users' perspectives to provide baseline information for its practice...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929449/reviewing-the-history-of-pandemic-influenza-understanding-patterns-of-emergence-and-transmission
#18
REVIEW
Patrick R Saunders-Hastings, Daniel Krewski
For centuries, novel strains of influenza have emerged to produce human pandemics, causing widespread illness, death, and disruption. There have been four influenza pandemics in the past hundred years. During this time, globalization processes, alongside advances in medicine and epidemiology, have altered the way these pandemics are experienced. Drawing on international case studies, this paper provides a review of the impact of past influenza pandemics, while examining the evolution of our understanding of, and response to, these viruses...
December 6, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928524/review-of-medicinal-remedies-on-hand-eczema-based-on-iranian-traditional-medicine-a-narrative-review-article
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REVIEW
Parvin Mansouri, Aleme Khademi, Daryoush Pahlevan, Zahra Memariani, Jale Aliasl, Laila Shirbeigii
BACKGROUND: Hand Eczema (HE) is a dermatological disorder with frequent relapses and multiple causes such as atopic, allergic and irritant contact dermatitis. The management is complex because of the wide range of different pathogenesis. Efficacy of some of available treatments is not well established and it can affect patients' quality of life significantly. METHODS: Reports on HE such as diagnosis, pathophysiology, pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapy that described in medieval Iranian medicine, were gathered and analyzed from selected medical and pharmaceutical textbooks of Iranian Traditional Medicine (ITM)...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927244/wuzi-yanzong-pill-a-chinese-polyherbal-formula-alleviates-testicular-damage-in-mice-induced-by-ionizing-radiation
#20
Hai-Jie Ji, Dong-Mei Wang, Yu-Peng Wu, Yan-Yan Niu, Li-Li Jia, Bi-Wang Liu, Qian-Jin Feng, Ma-Li Feng
BACKGROUND: Chinese medicine Wuzi Yanzong pill (WZYZP) was firstly documented in ancient Chinese medical works "She Sheng Zhong Miao Fang" by Shi-Che Zhang in 1550 AD. The traditional herbal formula is widely used in treating nephrasthenia lumbago, prospermia, erectile dysfunction and male sterility. The present study was to explore the effects of WZYZP on ionizing irradiation-induced testicular damage in mice. METHODS: The pelvic region of male mice was exposed to X-rays for inducing testicular damage...
December 7, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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