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Flight medicine

Monica Chahal-Kummen, Trond-Eirik Strand, Jan Ove Owe, Eigil Gulliksen, Anthony S Wagstaff
BACKGROUND: A candidate with paraplegia contacted the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Oslo, requesting a medical examination and medical certification for flying back seat on an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Thorough aeromedical examinations, including specialist evaluations, were initiated for the final decision to be made. CASE REPORT: Almost 13 yr earlier the candidate had acquired spinal cord damage at neurological level L1 after falling 4 m (13 ft) from out of a window...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Xian-Na Li, Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun, Yanhua Song, Di Zou, Xijun Wang
Zi Shen Wan is a typical formula consisting of three herbs, Phellodendri Amurensis Cortex, Rhizoma Anemarrhenae and Cortex Cinnamomi, and has been widely used for treating prostatitis and infection diseases. However, it lacks in-depth research of the constituents of Zi Shen Wan in vivo and in vitro. In this work, ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry and MassLynx software was established to characterize the chemical compositions of Zi Shen Wan in vivo and in vitro...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Jinbin Yuan, Yang Chen, Jian Liang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Xiaofei Liu, Zhihong Yan, Yi Tang, Jiankang Li, Chun-Su Yuan
Ginseng is one of the most widely used natural medicines in the world. Recent studies have suggested Panax ginseng has a wide range of beneficial effects on aging, central nervous system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. However, knowledge about the specific bioactive components of ginseng is still limited. This work aimed to screen for the bioactive components in Panax ginseng that act against neurodegenerative diseases, using the target cell-based bioactivity screening method. Firstly, component analysis of Panax ginseng extracts was performed by UPLC-QTOF-MS, and a total of 54 compounds in white ginseng were characterized and identified according to the retention behaviors, accurate MW, MS characteristics, parent nucleus, aglycones, side chains, and literature data...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Qi-Lei Chen, Lin Zhu, Yi-Na Tang, Hiu-Yee Kwan, Zhong-Zhen Zhao, Hu-Biao Chen, Tao Yi
Herbal healthcare products are used worldwide as relatively safe and effective alternatives to allopathic drugs. Saussurea laniceps Hand.-Mazz.(SL), S. medusa Maxim. (SM) and S. involucrata (Kar. et Kir.) Sch.Bip. (SI) are three sources of the renowned "snow lotus" Chinese Materia Medica for treating inflammatory diseases. The three species have different therapeutic effects, among which SL has been proved to be the most potent, but they are frequently confused on the market and in the academic community. An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector-quadrupole time of flight-mass spectrometry (UPLC-DAD-QTOF-MS) method was developed and used to analyze 49 herbal samples for species analysis and overall quality evaluation...
October 20, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Jie Zhang, Jiao Peng, Xiaoyong Chen, Yajun Gong, Lesheng Wan, Fei Gao, Suran Gan, Feng Wei, Shuangcheng Ma, Jiachun Chen, Jing Nie
Snake bile, a precious traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), was used as the major ingredient of some Chinese patent drugs, such as Shedan Chuanbei powder and Shedan Chenpi powder for hundred years. However, there is still requirement for the comprehensive and definite composition of bile acids in snake bile. In order to rapidly identify the bile acids constituents in snake bile to avoid the adulteration, ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS/MS) has been applied to conduct a qualitative analysis on snake bile acids...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Bert-Ram Sah, Paul Stolzmann, Gaspar Delso, Scott D Wollenweber, Martin Hüllner, Yahya A Hakami, Marcelo A Queiroz, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Gustav K von Schulthess, Carsten Pietsch, Patrick Veit-Haibach
PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical performance of a block sequential regularized expectation maximization (BSREM) penalized likelihood reconstruction algorithm in oncologic PET/computed tomography (CT) studies. METHODS: A total of 410 reconstructions of 41 fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/CT studies of 41 patients with a total of 2010 lesions were analyzed by two experienced nuclear medicine physicians. Images were reconstructed with BSREM (with four different β values) or ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) algorithm with/without time-of-flight (TOF/non-TOF) corrections...
October 18, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Bin Qi, Shan Wang, Qiu Wang, He Zhang, Xue-Yuan Bai, Hui-Nan He, Wei-Jie Sun, Li Liu, Da-Qing Zhao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Panax quinquefolius L. has been used as a proverbial tonic in oriental countries for hundreds of years. It is used as a traditional medicinal herb to nourish vitality. AIM OF THE STUDY: The purpose of our study was to inquiry the activation effects on murine peritoneal macrophages of a novel protein separated from the roots of Panax quinquefolius L. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In our work, a novel protein of the roots of American ginseng (AGNP) was separated and purified from the roots of Panax quinquefolius L...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Borbála Antal, Ákos Kuki, Lajos Nagy, Tibor Nagy, Miklós Zsuga, Márta M-Hamvas, Gábor Vasas, Sándor Kéki
Direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART-MS) was applied as a rapid method for the discrimination of the spices and traditional medicines cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.), caraway (Carum carvi L.), and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.). The seeds of these plants were analyzed without sample preparation by DART ion source coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight (QTOF) tandem mass spectrometry. The relatively clean DART spectra showed characteristic patterns, fingerprints, for each herb. It was found that a marker compound can be assigned to each species that can identify unambiguously these plants...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Yan Jiang, Feng-Jie Liu, Yu-Mei Wang, Hui-Jun Li
Although natural products (NPs) from ethnomedical plants have played a vital role in modern drug discovery, separation and purification of bioactive compounds from plant extract is still challenging. In this study, a dereplication strategy using HPLC-QTOF-MS was employed to rapidly discover and highly targeted isolate the novel hepatoprotective triterpenoid saponins from the methanol extract of Celosiae Semen. Firstly, four known saponins, i.e. celosin H, celosin I, celosin J, and pseudoginsenoside RT1 were selected as model compounds, and their fragmentation patterns in ESI-QTOF-MS/MS were characterized...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Tao Su, Wei-Wei Zhang, Ya-Ming Zhang, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Xiu-Qiong Fu, Ting Li, Hui Guo, Ya-Xi Li, Pei-Li Zhu, Hui Cao, Zhi-Ling Yu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pinelliae Rhizoma (PR), the dried tuber of Pinellia ternata (Thunb.) Breit., is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. It is commonly used for treating cancer, cough and phlegm. To treat cancer, Chinese medicine practitioners often use raw PR; while to treat cough and phlegm, they usually use Pinelliae Rhizoma Praeparatum cum Zingibere et Al..umine (PRZA, raw PR processed with ginger juice and alumen as adjuvant materials). Currently, the producing protocol of PRZA varies greatly among different places in China...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Ying-Yu Huang, Liang-Feng Liu, Rui-Qi Yue, Jun Xu, Alan Ho, Min Li, Quan-Bin Han
BACKGROUND: Tianma-Gouteng-Yin (TGY), which is common Chinese medicine formulation consisting of 11 different herbs and being used in China for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, inflammatory conditions and cardiovascular diseases, was selected for full component analysis. The aim of this study was to quantitatively analyze the chemical profiles of ten commercial TGY samples and one sample produced in our laboratory. METHODS: Ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) coupled with quadrupole-tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometry (Q-TOF-MS) was used to analyze the non-saccharide small molecule components of the different TGY samples...
2016: Chinese Medicine
Qi Li, Yiqi Liu, Lingfei Han, Jiazhuo Liu, Wenyuan Liu, Feng Feng, Jie Zhang, Ning Xie
Two similar Dracocephalum species, namely, Dracocephalum tanguticum Maxim and Dracocephalum moldavica L, are commonly used as ethnic medicines in China. Here we describe a strategy of combining high-performance liquid chromatography with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry, as well as fingerprints and chemometrics for characterization and discrimination of chemical constituents on the two herbs. A total of 49 compounds including 33 flavonoids, 5 phenylethanol glycosides, 1 coumarin glycoside, 8 organic acids, and 2 other types of compounds were unambiguously or tentatively identified from the two Dracocephalum species...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Xianbao Shi, Brianna Mackie, Gang Zhang, Shuman Yang, Yonggui Song, Dan Su, Yali Liu, Lina Shan
Morusin, the important active component of a traditional Chinese medicine, Morus alba L., has been shown to exhibit many vital pharmacological activities. In this study, six recombinant CYP450 supersomes and liver microsomes were used to perform metabolic studies. Chemical inhibition studies and screening assays with recombinant human cytochrome P450s were also used to characterize the CYP450 isoforms involved in morusin metabolism. The morusin metabolites identified varied greatly among different species. Eight metabolites of morusin were detected in the liver microsomes from pigs (PLMs), rats (RLMs), and monkeys (MLMs) by LC-MS/MS and six metabolites were detected in the liver microsomes from humans (HLMs), rabbits (RAMs), and dogs (DLMs)...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Fei Wang, Zi-Yue Xiong, Ping Li, Hua Yang, Wen Gao, Hui-Jun Li
Chromatographic fingerprint has been extensively used as a comprehensive approach for quality evaluation of herbal medicines (HMs). However, similar chemical profiles do not always mean similar efficacies. The present work, taking Sophora flower-bud and Sophora flower as a typical case, attempts to develop a rational strategy based on fingerprint-activity relationship modeling to realize quality evaluation from chemical consistency to effective consistency. A total of 57 batches of Sophora samples were collected and their antioxidant and hyaluronidase inhibitory activities were measured...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Melisa Melek Tuncer, Seda Turkoglu Babakurban, Erdinc Aydin
BACKGROUND: Barotrauma is a frequent problem in aviation medicine. Eustachian tube dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of barotrauma. Function of the Eustachian tube can be indirectly assessed by multifrequency tympanometry, which provides valuable information about the resistance and permeability of the middle ear in a wide frequency range. The aim of this study was to research whether multifrequency tympanometry could be used for assessing middle ear impairments in pilots...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Amisha Mittal, Simran Tandon, Surender Kumar Singla, Chanderdeep Tandon
Kidney stone formation during hyperoxaluric condition is inherently dependent on the interaction between renal epithelial cells and calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystals. Although modern medicine has progressed in terms of removal of these stones, recurrence and persistent side effects restricts their use. Strategies involving plant based agents which could be used as adjunct therapy is an area which needs to be explored. Plant proteins having antilithiatic activity is a hitherto unexplored area and therefore, we conducted a detailed identification and characterization of antilithiatic proteins from Terminalia arjuna (T...
2016: PloS One
Xue-Feng Xu, Hua-Ping Dai, Yan-Ming Li, Fei Xiao, Chen Wang
OBJECTIVE: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an acute and lethal clinical syndrome that is characterized by hypoxemic respiratory failure and diffuse alveolar inflammatory damage. This review aimed to search and discuss the mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic studies on different subsets of ARDS patients. DATA SOURCES: Original research articles were collected from the PubMed database published in English up to December 2015. STUDY SELECTION: The literature search was done using the term "(acute lung injury OR acute respiratory distress syndrome) AND (proteomics OR proteome OR mass spectrum OR differential in-gel electrophoresis OR two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis)"...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jun Cao, Jing-Jing Xu, Xun-Gao Liu, Shu-Ling Wang, Li-Qing Peng
Thrombin was immobilized on dynabeads(®)M-270 epoxy by direct covalent binding method for the first time. The enzyme coated magnetic beads were combined with ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry technique to establish a simple, rapid and reliable approach for screening thrombin inhibitors from Danshen preparation. The conjugation of thrombin to the magnetic beads was characterized using scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and infrared spectroscopy, and the enzyme activity was determined by the analysis of enzyme-bead ratio and peak areas of target compounds...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Paweł Pomastowski, Viorica Railean-Plugaru, Bogusław Buszewski
Rapid detection and identification of microorganisms is a challenging and important aspect in many areas of our life, beginning with medicine, ending with industry. Unfortunately, classical methods of microorganisms identification are based on time-consuming and labor-intensive approaches. Screening techniques require rapid and cheap grouping of bacterial isolates; however, modern bioanalytics demands comprehensive bacterial studies on molecular level. The new approach to the rapid identification of bacteria is to use the electromigration techniques, especially capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE)...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Toby Shipway, Elaine Johnson, Sheridan Bell, Jodie Martin, Peter Clark
OBJECTIVE: There has been much newspaper and online news coverage of in-flight obstetric births on commercial aircraft over several decades. This case series reviews several cases of in-flight birth and immediate maternal and neonatal outcomes from air medical retrievals in the Northern Territory of Australia over a 3-year period. METHODS: This is a retrospective written case note and electronic medical retrieval record analysis of 4 patients undergoing in-flight, at altitude, obstetric birth...
September 2016: Air Medical Journal
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