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Hee Nyung Kim, Han Ho Do, Jun Seok Seo, Hee Young Kim
Podostroma cornu-damae is a rare, deadly fungus. However, it can be easily mistaken for antler Ganoderma lucidum. In this case report, two patients made tea with the fungus and drank it over a 2-week period. Both patients presented with bicytopenia, and one patient had desquamation of the palms and soles. Both were treated with prophylactic antibiotics and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. One patient was admitted to the intensive care unit and received a platelet transfusion. Both patients were discharged without complications...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Johanna Freese, Mihaela Pricop-Jeckstadt, Thorsten Heuer, Matthias Clemens, Heiner Boeing, Sven Knüppel, Ute Nöthlings
Next to the information on frequency of food consumption, information on consumption-day amounts is important to estimate usual dietary intake in epidemiological studies. Our objective was to identify determinants of consumption-day amounts to derive person-specific standard consumption-day amounts applicable for the estimation of usual dietary intake using separate sources to assesss information on consumption probability and amount consumed. 24-h Dietary recall data from the German National Nutrition Survey II (n = 8522; aged 20-80 years) conducted between 2005 and 2007 were analysed for determinants of consumption-day amounts of thirty-eight food and beverage groups using LASSO variable selection for linear mixed-effects models...
2016: Journal of Nutritional Science
Amani F Abaza, Osama N Mohamed, Fathy K El-Fiky, Khaled A Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal carriage among patients, healthcare workers (HCWs), and community individuals, as well as to test the effect of tea extracts on detected S. aureus isolates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study that was followed by an experimental study included a total of 1021 nasal swab samples that were collected from 470 community cases, 191 HCWs, and 360 patients...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Maria Campos, C Batista, N R Jesus, C M Silva, T P Silva
Cardiovascular patients frequently use herbal medicinal products, in order to contribute to the improvement of their chronic condition without medical intervention. However, they are likely to suffer from adverse effects from natural products and herb-drug interactions. This work aimed to alert cardiovascular patients and healthcare providers of the potential of occurrence of herb-drug interactions with cardiovascular therapy. Information obtained from the campaign "Aprender Saúde Entre as Plantas e os Medicamentos", carried out by the Observatory of Herb-Drug Interactions (www...
October 7, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Ilaria Peluso, Mauro Serafini
Consumption of Tea (Camellia Sinensis) has been correlated with low incidence of chronic pathologies, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers, in which oxidative stress is deeply involved. Tea catechins and theaflavins are, respectively, the bioactive phytochemicals responsible for the antioxidant activity of Green Tea (GT) and Black Tea (BT). Apart from the redox properties, tea catechins and theaflavins could have also pharmacological activities, such as lowering effects on glucose, lipid and uric acid (UA)...
October 16, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Oscar Wambuguh, Monika Eckfield, Lynn Van Hofwegen
Baccalaureate nursing programs select students likely to graduate, become licensed, and contribute to a diverse workforce, and admissions criteria need to support those goals. This study assessed five criteria: pre-admit science GPA; TEAS score; healthcare experience; previous baccalaureate degree; and pre-admission university enrollment vs. college transfer as predictors of three desired outcomes: graduation; nursing program GPA; and passing NCLEX-RN. Results found TEAS and pre-admit science GPA predicted nursing program outcomes...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Bailin Cong, Yingmei Chai, Bo Wang, Shenghao Liu, Jihong Shen, Nengfei Wang, Quanqi Zhang, Xiaohang Huang
Potassium ion channels are one of the most diversely and widely distributed channels, which are involved in all kinds of physiological functions in both excitable and non-excitable cells. The expression of voltage-gated potassium ion (Kv) channels is highly variable according to the state of macrophages activation. Macrophages have an important function in innate immunity against intruding pathogens. They produce a variety of inflammatory and immunoactive molecules that modulate imflammatory responses. Here we show that blockade of K(+) channels by non-selective Kv channel inhibitor tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA), and 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) inhibited proinflammatory cytokines expression, cell proliferation, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in LPS-stimulated macrophages of Sea perch (Lateolabrax japonicas)...
October 12, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
J Anand, N Rai
The present investigation aims at evaluating synergistic herbal based composition of purified catechins with fluconazole, amphotericin B and copper sulphate against Candida albicans (MTCC 3017) and Candida glabrata (MTCC 3019). The catechins were isolated from green tea leaves of Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand regions of India. The synergistic activity of combinations against Candida species was assessed following microdilution checkerboard technique and time kill assay. The inhibitory action of most significant combination on treated Candida cells was assessed by scanning electron microscopy...
October 12, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Romain Pasquet, Igor Karp, Jack Siemiatycki, Anita Koushik
PURPOSE: Coffee and black tea are among the most consumed beverages worldwide. Although their potential role in lung cancer occurrence has been investigated in several studies, results have been inconclusive. We investigated the associations between intake of coffee and black tea with lung cancer in a population-based case-control study in Montreal, Canada. METHODS: These analyses included 1130 cases and 1483 controls. Adjusted odds ratios (ORs) were estimated between four metrics of coffee and black tea consumption (frequency, average daily amount, duration, and cumulative amount) and lung cancer, using unconditional logistic regression...
September 17, 2016: Annals of Epidemiology
Juliana Feltrin de Souza, Camila Bullio Fragelli, Fabiano Jeremias, Marco Aurélio Benini Paschoal, Lourdes Santos-Pinto, Rita de Cássia Loiola Cordeiro
INTRODUCTION: The restorative management of molars with molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) represents a challenge in the clinical practice with high failure rate. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical survival of direct composite resin restorations in first permanent molars (FPMs) that are affected by MIH, comparing two adhesive systems. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We selected 41 FPMs with MIH from children aged 6-8 years...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
Shasha Liu, Qidi Ai, Kai Feng, Yubing Li, Xiang Liu
Reperfusion therapy is widely used to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, further injury to the heart induced by rapidly initiating reperfusion is often encountered in clinical practice. A lack of pharmacological strategies in clinics limits the prognosis of patients with myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is one of the most abundant components in vine tea, commonly known as the tender stems and leaves of Ampelopsis grossedentata. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotection of DMY against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and to further investigate the underlying mechanism...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Danyue Zhao, Nagendra P Shah
Black tea (BT) has been positively linked to improved redox status, while its efficacy is limited due to the low bioavailability of BT flavonoids. In addition to the direct antioxidant activity, flavonoids regulate redox balance via inducing endogenous antioxidants, particularly glutathione (GSH) and GSH-dependent antioxidant enzymes. This work first examined the effect of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and BT alone or in combination on flavonoid bioavailability and metabolism; next, the effect of LAB-fermented BT diet in attenuating oxidative stress in mice and the underlying mechanisms were studied...
September 18, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Amir Hadi, Makan Pourmasoumi, Marzieh Kafeshani, Jahangir Karimian, Mohammad Reza Maracy, Mohammad Hasan Entezari
OBJECTIVE: Additional oxygen consumption during intense exercises may lead to oxidative stress and contribute to muscular fatigue. Green tea and sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.), which contain various flavonoids and polyphenols, have many healthful properties such as anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and heart protecting effects. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of green tea and sour tea supplementation on oxidative stress and muscle damage in soccer athletes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Meng Shi, Ying Nie, Xin-Qiang Zheng, Jian-Liang Lu, Yue-Rong Liang, Jian-Hui Ye
Ultraviolet B (UVB) photosensitivities of eight catechins were screened. In both water and ethanol, epicatechin (EC, 575 μM) and catechin (C, 575 μM) exhibited low photostabilities under 6 h UVB radiation with the generation of yellow photoproducts, while other catechins (epigallocatechin gallate, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, gallocatechingallate, gallocatechin, catechin gallate) were relatively UVB-insensitive. Photoisomerization and photolysis were two important UVB-induced reactions to EC whereas photolysis was the dominant reaction for C...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Joseph J Knapik, Daniel W Trone, Susan McGraw, Ryan A Steelman, Krista G Austin, Harris R Lieberman
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate 89% of Americans regularly consume caffeine, but these data do not include military personnel. This cross-sectional study examined caffeine use in Navy and Marine Corps personnel, including prevalence, amount of daily consumption, and factors associated with use. A random sample of Navy and Marine Corps personnel was contacted and asked to complete a detailed questionnaire describing their use of caffeine-containing substances, in addition to their demographic, military, and lifestyle characteristics...
October 9, 2016: Nutrients
Huiqin Guo, Jingjing Xiong, Wentian Ma, Minghuo Wu, Liushui Yan, Kexin Li, Yu Liu
Molecularly imprinted polymers were synthesized using mixed tea saponins as a template and acrylamide-β-cyclodextrin as a co-functional monomer for the specific binding and purification of tea saponins from the defatted cake extract of Camellia oleifera. The adsorption properties of the prepared polymers were systematically evaluated including adsorption kinetics, adsorption isotherms and selective recognition characteristics. It showed that the adsorption kinetics followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model (R(2) = 0...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Cigdem Donmez, Ece Konac, Batuhan T Aydogan, Cenk Y Bilen
PURPOSE: To study whether -160 C > A (rs16260) and -347 G > GA (rs5030625) single nucleotide polymorphisms of the regulatory region (rSNPs) of CDH1 gene modulate the risk of nephrolithiasis. METHODS: Genomic DNA of 101 patients with calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis and 114 healthy controls were screened for both polymorphisms, using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragments length polymorphism method (PCR-RLFP). Haplotype frequencies were also analyzed...
2016: SpringerPlus
Vanessa Dias da Silva, Eduardo Martinelli S de Lima, Caroline Dias, Leandro Berni Osório
PROPOSITION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate in vitro the color changes of esthetic orthodontic elastomeric ligatures of different shades when exposed to four food colorings commonly found in the diet of patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample consisted of esthetic orthodontic elastomeric ligatures in the colors pearl, pearl blue, pearl white and colorless, which were immersed for 72 hours in five different solutions: distilled water (control group), coffee, tea, Coca-Cola (®) and wine...
2016: Open Dentistry Journal
Didem Öner Özdaş, Mağrur Kazak, Aylin Çilingir, Meryem Gülce Subaşı, Murat Tiryaki, Şölen Günal
BACKGROUND: Although most of the studies investigated color stability of different restorative materials, evaluation of color stability of composites after immersion in multiple beverages in the same day by an in vitro oral simulation study is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess color change of different restorative materials at the end of days 1, 14, and 30 of immersion in multiple liquid types to mimic the oral environment in vitro. METHOD: Ten disc-shaped specimens were made from each of four different resin composites (Filtek Z250, Voco x-tra base, Beautifil Flow Plus, Beautifil II)...
2016: Open Dentistry Journal
Daniel Turudic, Danica Batinic, Anja Tea Golubic, Mila Lovric, Danko Milosevic
: Diagnostic criteria for determination of inclination towards idiopathic calcium oxalate (CaOx) urolithiasis based on biochemical urine parameters are not sufficiently well defined in children. The aim of this study was to determine the risk of CaOx urolithiasis in children from concentrations of calcium, oxalate, citrate, and glycosaminoglycans in urine and their ratios, all standardized in respect to creatinine. We collected and analyzed 24-h urine samples of children with CaOx urolithiasis (n = 61) and compared with urine samples of matched control group of healthy children (n = 25)...
October 11, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
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