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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810235/obesity-as-a-conditioning-factor-for-high-altitude-diseases
#1
Rocío San Martin, Julio Brito, Patricia Siques, Fabiola León-Velarde
Obesity, a worldwide epidemic, has become a major health burden because it is usually accompanied by an increased risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and even some kinds of cancer. It also results in associated increases in healthcare expenditures and labor and economic consequences. There are also other fields of medicine and biology where obesity or being overweight play a major role, such as high-altitude illnesses (acute mountain sickness, hypoxic pulmonary hypertension, and chronic mountain sickness), where an increasing relationship among these two morbid statuses has been demonstrated...
2017: Obesity Facts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802782/a-case-of-galen-vein-thrombosis-occurring-after-bilateral-acetabular-fractures-in-the-tibet-plateau-what-can-we-learn
#2
Dong-Ping Ye, Shun-Li Zhang, Quan-Hong Xu, Lin-Jie Wei
Hypoxia leads to increased red blood cells and blood viscosity at high altitude while moderate trauma increases coagulation in blood. Under the above-mentioned conditions, venous sinus thrombosis is more likely to occur. A patient suffering bilateral acetabular fractures together with the gradual disturbance of consciousness was admitted to our hospital. Though computed tomography arteriogram (CTA) of the brain displayed normal blood vessels; bilateral thalamus and brainstem infarction were found on head computed tomography (CT) and Galen vein thrombosis on cerebral computed tomography venography (CTV)...
July 3, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663748/marine-rare-actinobacteria-isolation-characterization-and-strategies-for-harnessing-bioactive-compounds
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REVIEW
Dipesh Dhakal, Anaya Raj Pokhrel, Biplav Shrestha, Jae Kyung Sohng
Actinobacteria are prolific producers of thousands of biologically active natural compounds with diverse activities. More than half of these bioactive compounds have been isolated from members belonging to actinobacteria. Recently, rare actinobacteria existing at different environmental settings such as high altitudes, volcanic areas, and marine environment have attracted attention. It has been speculated that physiological or biochemical pressures under such harsh environmental conditions can lead to the production of diversified natural compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635906/-obstructive-sleep-apnea-at-high-altitude
#4
A K Myrzaakhmatova
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an important and socially relevant problem of modern medicine, which is referred to as a most common pathological condition. The problem of OSA is especially urgent for inhabitants of high mountainous regions, as a combination of climatic, social, and cultural factors can significantly affect the course of the disease in both indigenous highlanders and people temporarily residing at high altitude. The paper reviews the current literature covering the problem of OSA at high altitude...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629818/corydalis-hendersonii-hemsl-protects-against-myocardial-injury-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-fibrosis-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathways
#5
Ruifeng Bai, Xu Yin, Xiao Feng, Yuan Cao, Yan Wu, Zhixiang Zhu, Chun Li, Pengfei Tu, Xingyun Chai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corydalis hendersonii Hemsl. (CH) with heat clearing and detoxifying effects are well described in Tibetan folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in China largely for the treatment of high altitude polycythemia, a pathophysiological condition referred to "plethora" in Tibetan medicine, hypertension, hepatitis, edema, gastritis, and other infectious diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the cardioprotective effects of Corydalis hendersonii extract in an ICR mouse model of myocardial ischemic injury...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597416/phytochemical-studies-for-quantitative-estimation-of-iridoid-glycosides-in-picrorhiza-kurroa-royle
#6
Phalisteen Sultan, Arif Jan, Qazi Pervaiz
BACKGROUND: Picrorhiza kurroa Royle commonly known as 'Kutki or Kutaki' is an important medicinal plant in Ayurvedic system of medicine and has traditionally been used to treat disorders of the liver and upper respiratory tract. The plant is the principle source of iridoid glycosides, picrosides I, II and kutkoside used in various herbal drug formulations mainly as strong hepatoprotective and immune-modulatory compound. The species has become endangered to near extinction due to the unregulated collection from the wild, slower plant growth and ecological destruction of natural habitats...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488967/purinergic-control-of-red-blood-cell-metabolism-novel-strategies-to-improve-red-cell-storage-quality
#7
REVIEW
Kaiqi Sun, Angelo D'alessandro, Yang Xia
Transfusion of stored blood is regarded as one of the great advances in modern medicine. However, during storage in the blood bank, red blood cells (RBCs) undergo a series of biochemical and biomechanical changes that affect cell morphology and physiology and potentially impair transfusion safety and efficacy. Despite reassuring evidence from clinical trials, it is universally accepted that the storage lesion(s) results in the altered physiology of long-stored RBCs and helps explain the rapid clearance of up to one-fourth of long-stored RBCs from the recipient's bloodstream at 24 hours after administration...
April 12, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486083/progress-in-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics-in-hypoxia-related-diseases-and-high-altitude-medicine
#8
Zhiqi Gao, Gang Luo, Bing Ni
Human migration, influenced by social conflict and natural disasters as well as global climate change, has become recognized as a major "planetary force." It has also brought to the forefront, new specialties of integrative biology-such as high-altitude medicine-and the impact of hitherto understudied environmental factors on human pathophysiology in these new geographical settings. For people migrating to or living in high-altitude regions, environmental hypoxia is a primary challenge. Decreased partial pressure of oxygen in environmental air, caused by lower barometric pressure, puts living organisms in a hypoxic state...
June 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475810/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-tibetan-medicinal-herb-rhodiola-crenulata
#9
Yuanyuan Fu, Liangwei Li, Shijie Hao, Rui Guan, Guangyi Fan, Chengcheng Shi, Haibo Wan, Wenbin Chen, He Zhang, Guocheng Liu, Jihua Wang, Lulin Ma, Jianling You, Xuemei Ni, Zhen Yue, Xun Xu, Xiao Sun, Xin Liu, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
Rhodiola crenulata, a well-known medicinal Tibetan herb, is mainly grown in high-altitude regions of the Tibet, Yunnan, and Sichuan provinces in China. In the past few years, increasing numbers of studies have been published on the potential pharmacological activities of R. crenulata, strengthening our understanding into its putitive active ingredient composition, pharmacological activity, and mechanism of action. These findings also provide strong evidence supporting the important medicinal and economical value of R...
June 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475604/genetic-and-chemical-diversity-of-uncaria-tomentosa-willd-ex-schult-dc-in-the-brazilian-amazon
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Isabela Cristina Gomes Honório, Bianca Waleria Bertoni, Mariana Pires de Campos Telles, Ramilla Dos Santos Braga, Suzelei de Castro França, Juliana da Silva Coppede, Valéria Siero Conde Correa, José Alexandre Felizola Diniz Filho, Ana Maria Soares Pereira
Uncaria tomentosa (Willd. ex Schult.) DC., a plant native to the Amazon region, is used widely in popular medicine and by the pharmaceutical industry because of its anti-inflammatory activity. However, the survival of this species is endangered by deforestation and indiscriminate collection, and a preservation plan is urgently required. The objectives of this study were to determine the genetic and chemical variability between and within eight populations of U. tomentosa from the Brazilian states of Acre, Pará and Amapá, and to investigate possible correlations between genetic and geographical distances, and between geographical distances or altitude and the accumulation of bioactive oxindole alkaloids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355752/-incidence-and-influencing-factors-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-treatment-emergent-central-sleep-apnea-in-the-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-at-high-altitude
#11
Z B Miao, Y Y Wang, R Sun, H L Lei, D J Huang, L H Huang, C Y Fan, Y H Lü
Objective: To investigate the incidence of treatment-emergent central sleep apnea (TE-CSA), the characteristics of demography and the influencing factors in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) after initial continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration at high altitude. Methods: Clinical data of 297 patients with OSAS which living in plateau areas (1 000 meters or more above sea level) were retrospectively analyzed in this study from January to December, 2015. All of these patients taken an overnight CPAP titration in the Sleep Medicine Center of First People's Hospital of Yunnan Province...
March 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336469/a-review-of-the-ethnopharmacology-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-notopterygium-incisum
#12
REVIEW
John Teye Azietaku, Huifen Ma, Xie-An Yu, Jin Li, Mahmood Brobbey Oppong, Jun Cao, Mingrui An, Yan-Xu Chang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Notopterygium incisum Ting ex H.T. Chang, known in Chinese as 'Qianghuo' is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb with the rhizome and roots associated with meridians of the kidney and urinary bladder. It is pungent, bitter and warm in nature. It has been used over the years to disperse cold, prevent painful obstructions from wind, damp and warm pain. It has also been used with other herbs to treat wind-cold exterior syndrome and wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and has been known to grow well in regions of high altitude such as Gansu, Tibet etc...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073099/golden-root-a-wholesome-treat-of-immunity
#13
REVIEW
Kunjan Khanna, K P Mishra, Lilly Ganju, Shashi Bala Singh
Rhodiola is native to the high altitude regions of Asia, Europe and Northern Hemisphere. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant in various ailments, boosting immunity, increasing energy and mental capacity. It is also known as "Adaptogen" to help the body to adapt and resist stress. The part of the plant, which is used for medicinal values, is rhizome, which is an underground stem. The rhizome contains mainly salidroside, rosin, rosavin and p-tyrosol. There are many studies, which have reported the effects of Rhodiola spp...
March 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061780/rhodiola-crenulata-extract-counteracts-the-effect-of-hypobaric-hypoxia-in-rat-heart-via-redirection-of-the-nitric-oxide-and-arginase-1-pathway
#14
Shih-Wei Hsu, Tsu-Chung Chang, Yu-Kuan Wu, Kuen-Tze Lin, Li-Shian Shi, Shih-Yu Lee
BACKGROUND: Rhodiola crenulata is traditionally used as a folk medicine in Tibet for preventing high-altitude illnesses, including sudden cardiac death (SCD). The cardio-protective effects of Rhodiola crenulata root extract (RCE) against hypoxia in vivo have been recently confirmed. However, the way in which RCE produces these effects remains unclear. The present study is designed to confirm the protective effects of RCE on the heart in acute hypobaric hypoxia exposure and examine the mechanisms by which this occurs...
January 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808057/-mountain-medicine-ii
#15
Bjørn Bay, Kasper Fjellhaugen Hjuler
Travelling to high altitudes is an increasingly popular form of recreational holiday. Individual medical advice may be essential for certain groups of individuals such as patients with chronic disorders, pregnant women or children. This is the second part in a series of two articles on mountain medicine. The first part covered high-altitude physiology and medical aspects of objective alpine dangers and the increased exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This part covers altitude sickness, fluid balance, nutrition, and precautions for patients with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women and children...
October 31, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808056/-mountain-medicine-an-introduction-i
#16
Kasper Fjellhaugen Hjuler, Bjørn Bay
Tourism to high-altitude areas is increasingly popular even from low-lying regions such as Denmark. Mountain sports include skiing, mountaineering, and ski touring. The young, elderly and at-risk individuals with pre-existing illnesses engage in recreational mountain activities. Thus, risk assessment and counselling regarding altitude exposure is increasingly relevant to all healthcare providers. In this first article of two in a review series, we summarize the state of the art of altitude physiology, alpine dangers and avalanches, and medical aspects of the increased UV-exposure at altitude...
October 31, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737815/effect-of-tongxinluo-on-pulmonary-hypertension-and-pulmonary-vascular-remodeling-in-rats-exposed-to-a-low-pressure-hypoxic-environment
#17
Yong Wang, Ting-Ting Ma, Na-Na Gao, Xiao-Ling Zhou, Hong Jiang, Rui Guo, Li-Na Jia, Hong Chang, Ying Gao, Zhi-Min Gao, Lei Pan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tongxinluo (TXL), which is a Chinese medicine rooted from traditional used herbs, has been used in clinic to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, it remains unknown whether TXL alleviates low pressure hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. AIM OF THE STUDY: Here, we aimed to observe the influence of TXL on pulmonary hypertension in a rat model that exposed to high altitude environment characterized by low pressure hypoxia...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734518/the-higher-the-better-differences-in-phenolics-and-cyanogenic-glycosides-in-sambucus-nigra-leaves-flowers-and-berries-from-different-altitudes
#18
Mateja Senica, Franci Stampar, Robert Veberic, Maja Mikulic-Petkovsek
BACKGROUND: Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) possesses high antioxidant activity and has been used to treat numerous medicinal disorders. In addition to their antioxidant properties, elderberry parts accumulate toxic cyanogenic glycosides (CGG). It has been proven that altitude influences the biosynthesis of many secondary metabolites. In the present study we investigated the change of phenolics and CGG in elder leaves, flowers, and berries induced by different altitudes and locations. RESULTS: The data indicate that the accumulation of CGG and phenolics is affected by the altitude of the growing site...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729077/ecological-status-of-high-altitude-medicinal-plants-and-their-sustainability-lingshi-bhutan
#19
Lakey, Kinley Dorji
BACKGROUND: Human beings use plants for a multitude of purposes of which a prominent one across the globe is for their medicinal values. Medicinal plants serve as one of the major sources of income for high altitude inhabitants in the Himalaya, particularly in countries like Nepal, and Bhutan. People here harvest huge volumes of medicinal plants indiscriminately, risking their sustainability. This paper attempts to identify some of the priority medicinal plant species harvested in the wild and assess their ecological status for their judicious utilization, and to help provide policy guidance for possible domestication and support strategic conservation frameworks...
October 11, 2016: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645688/hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction-from-molecular-mechanisms-to-medicine
#20
REVIEW
Kimberly J Dunham-Snary, Danchen Wu, Edward A Sykes, Amar Thakrar, Leah R G Parlow, Jeffrey D Mewburn, Joel L Parlow, Stephen L Archer
Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) is a homeostatic mechanism that is intrinsic to the pulmonary vasculature. Intrapulmonary arteries constrict in response to alveolar hypoxia, diverting blood to better-oxygenated lung segments, thereby optimizing ventilation/perfusion matching and systemic oxygen delivery. In response to alveolar hypoxia, a mitochondrial sensor dynamically changes reactive oxygen species and redox couples in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC). This inhibits potassium channels, depolarizes PASMC, activates voltage-gated calcium channels, and increases cytosolic calcium, causing vasoconstriction...
January 2017: Chest
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