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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814927/weight-loss-supplements-boon-or-bane
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EDITORIAL
Reshma Mohamed Ansari, Norfaizatul Shalida Omar
Dietary health supplements for weight loss seem to be the future nowadays. However, this industry is plagued by lack of regulations and ignorance regarding the constituents of the supplements. Of all the supplements consumed, the ones for weight loss are most commonly found in the market. Reports of liver failure, kidney impairment and worsening of chronic ailments in patients who consume these supplements are surfacing recently which make us question the credibility of these products. The safety of these products lie in the clear stating of the ingredients by the manufacturer, well informed patient, knowledgeable physician and tight regulations from the regulatory board...
May 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814900/acidic-oral-moisturizers-with-ph-below-6-7-may-be-harmful-to-teeth-depending-on-formulation-a-short-report
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Alex J Delgado, Vilhelm G Olafsson
Xerostomia affects 30% of the population and manifests as a side effect of medications, systemic diseases, or cancer therapy. Oral moisturizers are prescribed to overcome the ailments of dry mouth and its symptoms. It is imperative that these products help to restore hyposalivation and that they do not present any secondary effect that can harm oral health. It has been shown in the literature that some oral moisturizers may have an erosive potential due to their acidic pH, which is below the critical pH of dentin and enamel...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814124/comparative-metabolic-profiling-of-costus-speciosus-leaves-and-rhizomes-using-nmr-gc-ms-and-uplc-esi-ms-ms
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Ashish Kumar, Antim K Maurya, Gopi Chand, Vijai K Agnihotri
Costus speciosus had been used in oriental systems of medicines, to treat diverse ailments. The present study was focused on NMR, GC-MS and UPLC/ESI-MS/MS-based metabolic profiling of C. speciosus. This metabolic study resulted in the identification of 91 and quantification of 69 metabolites. Caffeic acid derivatives previously unreported in C. speciosus were also identified. High quantity of steroidal saponins namely methyl protogracillin (297.97 ± 0.07 mg/g dried wt.) and dioscin (158.72 ± 0.27 mg/g dried wt...
August 17, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811221/is-the-hype-around-the-reproductive-health-claims-of-maca-lepidium-meyenii-walp-justified
#4
REVIEW
Shruti Beharry, Michael Heinrich
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Maca - Lepidium meyenii Walp has been cultivated and used by Andean people for over 1,300 to 2000 years in Peru as food and medicine. Starting in the late 1990's it has developed into an important herbal medicine in China and is now cultivated there widely, too. AIM OF STUDY: This study aims to provide an insight into the emergence of maca on the global market as an alternative remedy to treat reproductive health related problems in both men and women and to critically assess these health claims...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811220/euphorbia-lunulata-extract-acts-on-multidrug-resistant-gastric-cancer-cells-to-inhibit-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-arrest-cell-cycle-progression-and-induce-apoptosis
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Zhaoying Fu, Xiaodong Han, Juan Du, Xiaoxiao Han, Weipeng Liu, Shumei Shao, Xiaobin Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The milky sap or the aboveground part of the plant Euphorbia lunulata has long been used by Chinese people to treat noncancerous growths and cancerous ailments but the specific mode of action and the action mechanism remain to be elucidated. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the effects of Euphorbia lunulata extract on cell proliferation, migration, invasion, cell cycle progression, and apoptosis of multidrug resistant human gastric cancer cells; To study the mechanism of apoptosis induction by Euphorbia lunulata extract in multidrug resistant human gastric cancer cells...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810519/the-beneficial-role-of-naringin-a-citrus-bioflavonoid-against-oxidative-stress-induced-neurobehavioral-disorders-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-rodents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gollapalle Lakshminarayanashastry Viswanatha, H Shylaja, Yogananda Moolemath
OBJECTIVES: Naringin is a bioflavonoid, very abundantly found in citrus species. In literature, naringin has been scientifically well documented for its beneficial effects in various neurological disorders. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we have made an attempt to correlate the protective role of naringin against oxidative stress-induced neurological disorders in rodents. METHODS: The systematic search was performed using electronic databases; the search was mainly focused on the role of naringin in oxidative stress-induced neuropathological conditions in rodents...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808388/caesalpinia-crista-linn-induces-protection-against-dna-and-membrane-damage
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R Sunil Kumar, Ramesh Balenahalli Narasingappa, Chandrashekhar G Joshi, Talakatta K Girish, Ananda Danagoudar
BACKGROUND: Caesalpinia crista is a medicinal herb used to cure various ailments in subtropical and tropical regions of Southeast Asia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this evaluation of C. crista against free radical induced DNA and erythrocyte damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The profiles of polyphenol and flavonoid were quantified through reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Free radical induced DNA and membrane damage were performed using H2O2 as oxidative agent...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807851/toxic-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-provide-a-warning-sign-to-overuse-of-the-ethnomedicine-arnebia-benthamii
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Latif Ahmad, He Yi, Jia-Chen Hao, Andrew Semotiuk, Quan-Ru Liu, Paras Mazari
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: From early times man has used medicinal plants for the treatment of various ailments and basic health care needs. The use of herbal medicines has increased day by day and with this, so do reports of adverse events, poisoning, and suspected toxicity. Similarly, the indigenous communities of Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir commonly use Arnebia benthamii (Wall. ex G.Don) I.M.Johnst. for medicinal purposes to treat various human aliments. Besides their medicinal uses, it also contains hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805984/self-medication-misuse-in-the-middle-east-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Malak M Khalifeh, Nicholas D Moore, Pascale R Salameh
Regulations usually distinguish between prescription-only (POM) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The former requires medical prescription; the latter are available for SM of common minor or easily treated ailments. However, in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, theoretical prescription medicines can easily be purchased without a prescription, as self-medication (SM) resulting in potential misuse and unnecessary risk for patients. The magnitude of this activity is uncertain. The aim of this article, therefore, is to undertake a comprehensive review to identify the different types of medicines that can easily be purchased as SM in Middle East and recognized as misused...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800103/the-ultrasonic-directional-tidal-breathing-pattern-sensor-equitable-design-realization-based-on-phase-information
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Arijit Sinharay, Raj Rakshit, Anwesha Khasnobish, Tapas Chakravarty, Deb Ghosh, Arpan Pal
Pulmonary ailments are conventionally diagnosed by spirometry. The complex forceful breathing maneuver as well as the extreme cost of spirometry renders it unsuitable in many situations. This work is aimed to facilitate an emerging direction of tidal breathing-based pulmonary evaluation by designing a novel, equitable, precise and portable device for acquisition and analysis of directional tidal breathing patterns, in real time. The proposed system primarily uses an in-house designed blow pipe, 40-kHz air-coupled ultrasound transreceivers, and a radio frequency (RF) phase-gain integrated circuit (IC)...
August 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797995/tinospora-cordifolia-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-in-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells
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Parveen Bansal, Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Satya N Das, Jasbir Kaur
Natural products with medicinal value are gradually gaining importance in clinical research due to their well-known property of no side effects as compared to drugs. Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic system of medicine for treating various ailments including cancer. In present study, we found that the Tinospora cordifolia extracts (TCE) induced inhibition of proliferation of KB cells was associated with arrest of G0/G1-phase of cell cycle. The effectiveness of TCE in checking the growth of KB cells without altering the growth of normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) indicates that Tinospora cordifolia has differential effect on normal and malignant cells hence, it may have therapeutic potential in cancer...
May 2017: Gulf Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795095/quantitative-exploration-of-factors-influencing-psychotic-disorder-ailments-in-nigeria
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Adebowale O Adejumo, Nehemiah A Ikoba, Esivue A Suleiman, Hilary I Okagbue, Pelumi E Oguntunde, Oluwole A Odetunmibi, Obalowu Job
In this data article, records on demographic data, family problem issues, as well as results of medical tests from five major classes of psychotic disorder namely: bipolar; vascular dementia, minimal brain dysfunction; insomnia; and schizophrenia, were collected on 500 psychotic patients carefully selected from the pool of medical records of Yaba Psychiatric Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria, for the period of 5 years, between January 2010 and December 2014, were examined. X-squared Statistic was used to examine each of psychotic disorders to identify demographic (age, gender, religion, marital status, and occupation) and family issues (loss of parent, history of such ailment in the family (family status), divorce, head injury, and heredity of such ailment (genetic) factors that influence them...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794289/differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-towards-nephrogenic-lineage-and-their-enhanced-resistance-to-oxygen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress
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Asima Tayyeb, Naveed Shahzad, Gibran Ali
INTRODUCTION: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been publicized to ameliorate kidney injury both in vitro and in vivo. However, very less is known if MSCs can be differentiated towards renal lineages and their further application potential in kidney injuries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study developed a conditioning system of growth factors fibroblast growth factor 2, transforming growth factor-β2, and leukemia inhibitory factor for in vitro differentiation of MSCs isolated from different sources towards nephrogenic lineage...
July 2017: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793900/botanical-ethnoveterinary-therapies-used-by-agro-pastoralists-of-fafan-zone-eastern-ethiopia
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Teka Feyera, Endalkachew Mekonnen, Befekadu Urga Wakayo, Solomon Assefa
BACKGROUND: In Ethiopia, plant based remedies are still the most important and sometimes the only source of therapeutics in the management of livestock diseases. However, documentation of this indigenous knowledge of therapeutic system still remains at a minimum level. The aim of this study was, thus, to document the traditional knowledge of botanical ethnoveterinary therapies in the agro-pastoral communities of Fafan Zone, Eastern Ethiopia. METHODS: The study employed a cross-sectional participatory survey...
August 9, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790918/accumulation-of-arsenic-speciation-and-in-vivo-toxicity-following-oral-administration-of-a-chinese-patent-medicine-xiao-er-zhi-bao-wan-in-rats
#15
Jiaoyang Luo, Xu Han, Xiaowen Dou, Lei Zhang, Shihai Yang, Meihua Yang
Realgar-containing traditional Chinese medicines such as Xiao-Er-Zhi-Bao-Wan (XEZBW), have been widely used for thousands of years. However, events associated with arsenic-induced ailments have increasingly become a public concern. To address the toxicity of XEZBW, we studied the histopathology and blood biochemistry of rats exposed to XEZBW using technology like high-performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled mass spectrometry to determine arsenic speciation. Our results demonstrated that dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) increased from 18...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790791/mortality-audit-of-medical-patients-at-armed-forces-hospitals
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K V S Hari Kumar, N S Ajai Chandra
The mortality statistics of the medical patients at our tertiary care hospitals are sparse and lacking. We studied the mortality characteristics of the patients admitted to medical wards and intensive care unit at two hospitals based on the available fatal documents. Our objectives include analysis of the cause of death, duration of stay and presence of sepsis. The deceased (103 males, 47 females) had a mean age of 64.6 ± 15.5 yrs and mean duration of stay 7.1 ± 12.3 days. Infections and sepsis syndrome (33%), respiratory (17%), neurological (15%) and cardiovascular disorders (10%) were the top four causes of the mortality...
July 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790504/cigarette-smoke-and-dna-cleavage-promote-lung-inflammation-and-emphysema
#17
Farrah Kheradmand, R You, Bon Hee Gu, D B Corry
Smoking-related lung diseases are among the most preventable and incurable ailments in the world. Smokers are at increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that can be further complicated by emphysema and lung cancer. A subset of former smokers shows persistent lung inflammation and progressive loss of lung function, indicating a role for activation of acquired immunity in smoking-induced lung diseases. In addition to the well-established noxious effects of volatile compounds in cigarette smoke, incomplete combustion of tobacco generates nano-sized carbon black (nCB) that accumulate in lung myeloid dendritic cells and macrophages...
2017: Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782952/biotransformation-of-chrysin-to-baicalein-selective-c6-hydroxylation-of-5-7-dihydroxyflavone-using-whole-yeast-cells-stably-expressing-human-cyp1a1-enzyme
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Ibidapo S Williams, Shifali Chib, Vijay K Nuthakki, Linda Gatchie, Prashant Joshi, Niteen A Narkhede, Ram A Vishwakarma, Sandip B Bharate, Saurabh Saran, Bhabatosh Chaudhuri
Naturally occurring polyphenolic compounds are of medicinal importance because of their unique antioxidant, anticancer, and chemopreventive properties. Baicalein, a naturally occurring polyhydroxy flavonoid possessing a diverse range of pharmacological activities, has been used in traditional medicines for treatment of various ailments. Apart from its isolation from natural sources, its synthesis has been reported via multistep chemical approaches. Here, we report a preparative-scale biotransformation, using whole yeast cells stably expressing human cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) enzyme that allows regioselective C6-hydroxylation of 5,7-dihydroxyflavone (chrysin) to form 5,6,7-trihydroxyflavone (baicalein)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771949/synbiotic-approaches-to-human-health-and-well-being
#19
Thomas Gurry
Synbiotics refer to combinations of probiotics and prebiotics that act synergistically to confer health benefits to the host. As a therapeutic strategy, they provide a gentle yet powerful method for modulating the composition and metabolic output of the human gut microbiota. In the context of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, synbiotics have the potential to act as cost-effective prophylactic measures against a variety of human ailments, ranging from infant diarrhoea to metabolic and inflammatory diseases in adults, by maintaining commensal microbial communities and metabolic networks that are conducive to human health...
August 3, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771714/multifunctional-curcumin-mediate-multitherapeutic-effects
#20
Adeeb Shehzad, Munibah Qureshi, Muhammad Nabeel Anwar, Young Sup Lee
Inflammation can promote the development of arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular, type II diabetes, pancreatitis, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, and certain types of cancer. Compounds isolated from plants have been practiced since ancient times for curing various ailments including inflammatory disorders and to support normal physiological functions. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a yellow coloring agent, extracted from turmeric that has been used for the prevention and treatment of various inflammatory diseases...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Food Science
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