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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908257/ginkgo-biloba-as-an-alternative-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-anxiety-in-dementia-and-other-psychiatric-disorders
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Sandeep Kumar Singh, George E Barreto, Gjumrakch Aliev, Valentina Echeverria
BACKGROUND: Mental disorders are the most common health problems in the worldwide population. Current medicines against these conditions have undesired side effects or limited effectiveness. These disadvantageous pharmacological and therapeutic characteristics provoke a low adherence to treatment in an important percentage of patients with mental disorders. Since ancient times, ethnically different groups have been using plants extracts as medicines for the treatment of mental conditions including dementia, depression and anxiety disorders...
December 1, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908220/pluripotent-stem-cells-the-last-10-years
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Erin A Kimbrel, Robert Lanza
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) can differentiate into virtually any cell type in the body, making them attractive for both regenerative medicine and drug discovery. Over the past 10 years, technological advances and innovative platforms have yielded first-in-man PSC-based clinical trials and opened up new approaches for disease modeling and drug development. Induced PSCs have become the foremost alternative to embryonic stem cells and accelerated the development of disease-in-a-dish models. Over the years and with each new discovery, PSCs have proven to be extremely versatile...
December 2, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905860/a-scoping-review-on-models-of-integrative-medicine-what-is-known-from-the-existing-literature
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Eun Jin Lim, Janette L Vardy, Byeong Sang Oh, Haryana M Dhillon
OBJECTIVES: Integrative medicine (IM) has been recognized and introduced into Western healthcare systems over the past two decades. Limited information on IM models is available to guide development of an optimal healthcare service. A scoping review was carried out to evaluate IM models in the extant literature, including the distinctive features of each model, to gain an understanding of the core requirements needed to develop models of IM that best meet the needs of patients. DESIGN: Directed content analysis was used to classify the IM models into systems based on coding schema developed from theoretical models and to identify the key concepts of each system...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904819/an-overview-of-compassionate-use-programs-in-the-european-union-member-states
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REVIEW
Gayathri Balasubramanian, Suman Morampudi, Pankdeep Chhabra, Arun Gowda, Behsad Zomorodi
The past decade witnessed rapid development of novel drugs and therapeutic biological agents. The marketing authorization for novel therapies is often time consuming and distressing for patients. Earlier clinical trials were the only way to access new drugs under development. However, not every patient meets the enrolment criteria, and participation is difficult for patients with life-threatening, long-lasting or seriously debilitating diseases like rare diseases. Early access programs like "Compassionate Use Program (CUP)" have generated alternative channels for such patients...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900520/nuclear-medicine-imaging-of-multiple-myeloma-particularly-in-the-relapsed-setting
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REVIEW
Esther G M de Waal, Andor W J M Glaudemans, Carolien P Schröder, Edo Vellenga, Riemer H J A Slart
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by a monoclonal plasma cell population in the bone marrow. Lytic lesions occur in up to 90 % of patients. For many years, whole-body X-ray (WBX) was the method of choice for detecting skeleton abnormalities. However, the value of WBX in relapsing disease is limited because lesions persist post-treatment, which restricts the capacity to distinguish between old, inactive skeletal lesions and new, active ones. Therefore, alternative techniques are necessary to visualize disease activity...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894336/curcumin-and-long-chain-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-for-prevention-of-type-2-diabetes-cop-d-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Rohith N Thota, Shamasunder H Acharya, Kylie A Abbott, Manohar L Garg
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle interventions, including increase in physical activity and dietary counselling, have shown the ability to prevent type 2 diabetes (T2D) in high-risk state individuals, but the prevalence is still skyrocketing in Australia, in line with global prevalence. Currently, no medicines are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia for the management of prediabetes. Therefore, there is a need of developing a safer, biologically efficacious and cost-effective alternative for delaying the transition of individual health state from prediabetes into T2D...
November 29, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894226/adaptation-of-oral-medication-in-people-institutionalized-in-nursing-homes-for-whom-medication-is-crushed-the-adecua-study
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Francisco Apolo Carvajal, María González Martínez, Elena Capilla Santamaría, Betsabé Cáliz Hernández, Icíar Cañamares Orbis, Nuria Martínez Casanova, Eugenia Martínez Sánchez, Ainhoa Aranguren Oyarzábal, María José Calvo Alcántara, Encarnación Cruz Martos
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions in the adaptation of pharmaceutical forms in elders institutionalized in nursing homes whose medicines are crushed, which may have a clinical relevance. METHODS: Quasi-experimental, multicenter, transversal and prospective study carried out in 10 nursing homes. Subjects for whom drugs were being crushed were identified. Their treatments were reviewed in order to identify drugs that should not be crushed...
November 1, 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893607/acupuncture-does-not-protect-against-1-methyl-4-phenyl-1-2-3-6-tetrahydropyridine-induced-damage-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-preclinical-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Hui-Jun Yang, Yu Gao, Ji Young Yun, Young Eun Kim, Gwanhee Ehm, Ji Yeon Lee, Min-Yung Yoon, Young-Shin Lee, Han-Joon Kim, Beomseok Jeon
Acupuncture treatment, a complementary and alternative medicine, is associated with a suggested neuroprotective effect in previous preclinical studies of Parkinson's disease (PD); however, results from human clinical trials have been mixed or unsuccessful. Recent systematic reviews of translational neuroprotective studies showed that the supposed efficacy is confounded by low methodological quality, particularly by a lack of randomization and concealed allocation. We sought to replicate previous experimental findings with a study design that mitigates the introduction of bias, including randomization, blinded outcome measures, sham acupuncture application, and allocation concealment by blinded neurotoxin administration...
January 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889825/a-critical-review-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-among-people-with-arthritis-a-focus-upon-prevalence-cost-user-profiles-motivation-decision-making-perceived-benefits-and-communication
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Lu Yang, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams
A critical review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among people with arthritis was conducted focusing upon prevalence and profile of CAM users as well as their motivation, decision-making, perceived benefits and communication with healthcare providers. A comprehensive search of peer-reviewed literature published from 2008 to 2015 was undertaken via CINAHL, Medline and AMED databases. The initial search identified 4331 articles, of which 49 articles met selection criteria. The review shows a high prevalence of CAM use (often multiple types and concurrent to conventional medical care) among those with arthritis which is not restricted to any particular geographic or social-economic status...
November 26, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884974/from-leeches-to-personalized-medicine-evolving-concepts-in-the-management-of-polycythemia-vera
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Alessandro Maria Vannucchi
Polycythemia vera (PV), a clonal disorders of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells that manifests with prevalent expansion of red cell mass, is the most frequent among chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). It is characterized by a V617F point mutation in JAK2 exon 14 , or less common mutations in exon 12, in virtually all cases. The landmark discovery of autonomously activated JAK/STAT signaling pathway paved the way for the clinical development of the first target drug, the JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor ruxolitinib, that is now approved for patients with resistance or intolerance to hydroxyurea...
November 24, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884923/clinical-metrics-in-emergency-medicine-the-shock-index-and-the-probability-of-hospital-admission-and-inpatient-mortality
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Kamna S Balhara, Yu-Hsiang Hsieh, Bachar Hamade, Ryan Circh, Gabor D Kelen, Jamil D Bayram
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The shock index (SI), defined as the ratio of HR to systolic BP, has been studied as an alternative prognostic tool to traditional vital signs in specific disease states and subgroups of patients. However, literature regarding its utility in the general ED population is lacking. Our main objective was to determine the probability of admission and inpatient mortality based on the first measured SI at initial presentation in the general adult ED population in our tertiary care centre...
November 24, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881059/natural-products-with-antiplatelet-action
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Gabriela Elisa Hirsch, Paulo Ricardo Nazário Viecili, Amanda Spring de Almeida, Sabrina Nascimento, Fernando Garcez Porto, Juliana Otero, Aline Schmidt, Brenda da Silva, Mariana Migliorini Parisi, Jonatas Zeni Klafke
BACKGROUND: Complex hemostatic mechanisms are involved in the pathophysiology of various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. Among them, dysregulation of platelet activity is linked to the progression of atherosclerosis and mainly involves platelet aggregation and a decrease in blood flow in the vascular endothelium. The major platelet activation pathways mediated by agonists involve the arachidonic acid pathway, adenosine diphosphate pathway, serotonin pathway, nitric oxide pathway, and action of free radicals on molecules involved in platelet aggregation...
November 23, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875972/the-role-of-chinese-herbal-medicines-and-bioactive-ingredients-targeting-myocardial-kca-and-katp-channels-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Yan Dong, Pengqian Wang, Xue Feng, Bing Li, Zhong Wang, Haixia Li
Cardiovascular disorders are the most common diseases all over the world, which have limitations in the current treatment strategies. As two subtypes of potassium channel, KCa and KATP ion channels are playing important roles in the occurrence and development of cardiovascular diseases. KCa by activating the signal pathway of c-Src/PI3-kinase/Akt-dependent or eNOS-NO-cGMP affects the function of vascular endothelial cell, while KATP acting as medium combines the cell electrical activity and energy metabolism...
November 22, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873264/current-trends-and-alternative-scenarios-in-ebv-research
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Janos Minarovits, Hans Helmut Niller
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is associated with several distinct hematological and epithelial malignancies, e.g., Burkitt lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, gastric carcinoma, and others. The association with several malignant tumors of local and worldwide distribution makes EBV one of the most important tumor viruses. Furthermore, because EBV can cause posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease, transplant medicine has to deal with EBV as a major pathogenic virus second only to cytomegalovirus...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872026/male-and-female-sexual-dysfunction-in-a-rapidly-changing-cultural-environment-addressing-gender-equality-versus-equivalence-in-the-bedroom
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REVIEW
Marianne Brandon, Abraham Morgentaler
INTRODUCTION: The socio-sexual climate in Western cultures is changing at an astounding rate. Never before have societal expectations about gender roles shifted so radically, transforming our understanding of what it means to be a sexual man or woman today. We have observed that confusion regarding masculine and feminine roles within long-term committed relationships can represent challenges for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. Despite the relevance to sexual medicine, sexual medicine specialists have largely avoided this controversial topic...
April 2016: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864383/use-of-pharmacogenetic-information-in-the-treatment-of-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Kevin Friede, Josephine Li, Deepak Voora
BACKGROUND: In 1964, Robert A. O'Reilly's research group identified members of a family who required remarkably high warfarin doses (up to 145 mg/day, 20 times the average dose) to achieve appropriate anticoagulation. Since this time, pharmacogenetics has become a mainstay of cardiovascular science, and genetic variants have been implicated in several fundamental classes of medications used in cardiovascular medicine. CONTENT: In this review, we discuss genetic variants that affect drug response to 3 classes of cardiovascular drugs: statins, platelet P2Y12 inhibitors, and anticoagulants...
November 18, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862920/alternative-designs-for-clinical-trials-in-rare-diseases
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Lusine Abrahamyan, Brian M Feldman, George Tomlinson, Marie E Faughnan, Sindhu R Johnson, Ivan R Diamond, Samir Gupta
Evidence-based medicine requires strong scientific evidence upon which to base treatment. In rare diseases, study populations are often small, and thus this evidence is difficult to accrue. Investigators, though, should be creative and develop a flexible toolkit of methods to deal with the problems inherent in the study of rare disease. This narrative review presents alternative clinical trial designs for studying treatments of rare diseases, including cross-over and n-of-1 trials, randomized placebo-phase design, enriched enrollment, randomized withdrawal design, and classes of adaptive designs...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858205/statistical-inference-in-abstracts-of-major-medical-and-epidemiology-journals-1975-2014-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Andreas Stang, Markus Deckert, Charles Poole, Kenneth J Rothman
Since its introduction in the twentieth century, null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), a hybrid of significance testing (ST) advocated by Fisher and null hypothesis testing (NHT) developed by Neyman and Pearson, has become widely adopted but has also been a source of debate. The principal alternative to such testing is estimation with point estimates and confidence intervals (CI). Our aim was to estimate time trends in NHST, ST, NHT and CI reporting in abstracts of major medical and epidemiological journals...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853957/a-guide-to-medications-inducing-salivary-gland-dysfunction-xerostomia-and-subjective-sialorrhea-a-systematic-review-sponsored-by-the-world-workshop-on-oral-medicine-vi
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REVIEW
Andy Wolff, Revan Kumar Joshi, Jörgen Ekström, Doron Aframian, Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen, Gordon Proctor, Nagamani Narayana, Alessandro Villa, Ying Wai Sia, Ardita Aliko, Richard McGowan, Alexander Ross Kerr, Siri Beier Jensen, Arjan Vissink, Colin Dawes
BACKGROUND: Medication-induced salivary gland dysfunction (MISGD), xerostomia (sensation of oral dryness), and subjective sialorrhea cause significant morbidity and impair quality of life. However, no evidence-based lists of the medications that cause these disorders exist. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compile a list of medications affecting salivary gland function and inducing xerostomia or subjective sialorrhea. DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases were searched for relevant articles published until June 2013...
November 16, 2016: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853630/current-stem-cell-based-therapies-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Meredith A Lilly, Meghan F Davis, Josh E Fabie, Elizabeth B Terhune, G Ian Gallicano
Diabetes is a disease with wide-ranging personal and societal impacts that has been managed medicinally for over half a century. Since the discovery of stem cells, pancreatic islet regeneration has become a central target for clinical application that has the potential to decrease or eliminate the need for insulin administration and adjunctive medications. The discovery of alternative routes to pluripotency that bypass the ethical implications of embryonic stem cells has significantly expanded the horizons of stem cell based therapy...
2016: American Journal of Stem Cells
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