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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641281/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-a-clinical-study-in-1-016-hematology-oncology-patients
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Marina Hierl, Jochen Pfirstinger, Reinhard Andreesen, Ernst Holler, Stephanie Mayer, Daniel Wolff, Martin Vogelhuber
INTRODUCTION: Surveys state a widespread use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with malignant diseases. CAM methods might potentially interfere with the metabolization of tumor-specific therapy. However, there is little communication about CAM use in hematology/oncology patients between patients, CAM providers, and oncologists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was handed out to all patients attending to the hematology/oncology outpatient clinic of Regensburg University Hospital...
June 23, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631509/comparison-of-quince-with-vitamin-b6-for-treatment-of-nausea-and-vomiting-in-pregnancy-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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Effat Jafari-Dehkordi, Fataneh Hashem-Dabaghian, Fatemeh Aliasl, Jaleh Aliasl, Maryam Taghavi-Shirazi, Omid Sadeghpour, Farnaz Sohrabvand, Bagher Minaei, Roshanak Ghods
This trial was performed to compare quince (Cydonia oblonga) fruit with vitamin B6 on 76 pregnant women with a gestational age of 6-14 weeks and mild-to-moderate nausea and vomiting (NVP) (40 in the quince and 36 in the B6 group). The 'Pregnancy-Unique Quantification of Emesis' (PUQE-24) scale was used to examine the severity of NVP. The quince syrup (1 tablespoon/TDS) or vitamin B6 tablets (20 mg/TDS) were used as intervention for 1 week. The mean (±SD) age was 27.5 (±5.2) years. The score of the PUQE was decreased from 9...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630152/repurposing-a-pore-highly-conserved-perforin-like-proteins-with-alternative-mechanisms
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Tao Ni, Robert J C Gilbert
Pore-forming proteins play critical roles in pathogenic attack and immunological defence. The membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) group of homologues represents, with cholesterol-dependent cytolysins, the largest family of such proteins. In this review, we begin by describing briefly the structure of MACPF proteins, outlining their common mechanism of pore formation. We subsequently discuss some examples of MACPF proteins likely implicated in pore formation or other membrane-remodelling processes. Finally, we focus on astrotactin and bone morphogenetic protein and retinoic acid-induced neural-specific proteins, highly conserved MACPF family members involved in developmental processes, which have not been well studied to date or observed to form a pore-and which data suggest may act by alternative mechanisms...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611514/perspectives-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-pancreas-protection-for-acute-pancreatitis
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Jun Li, Shu Zhang, Rui Zhou, Jian Zhang, Zong-Fang Li
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is one of the most common diseases. AP is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, but it lacks specific and effective therapies. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicine modalities worldwide for the treatment of AP. The current evidence from basic research and clinical studies has shown that TCM has good therapeutic effects on AP. This review summarizes the widely used formulas, single herbs and monomers that are used to treat AP and the potential underlying mechanisms of TCM...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610933/herbal-laxatives-and-antiemetics-in-pregnancy
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Reza Samavati, Eszter Ducza, Judit Hajagos-Tóth, Robert Gaspar
Constipation appears in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, while nausea is the strongest in the 1st trimester. This review summarizes the applicability of herbal laxatives and antiemetics in pregnancy. A human study has shown that flax oil as laxative is safe from 2nd trimester. Human data is not available about the rhubarb, but animal studies reveal that its emodin content induces fetal abnormalities. Fenugreek induces teratogenic malformation both in human and animals. Senna seed is proved as a safe laxative in pregnancy...
June 10, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610802/herbal-medicine-in-children-with-respiratory-tract-infection-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dennis Anheyer, Holger Cramer, Romy Lauche, Felix Joyonto Saha, Gustav Dobos
BACKGROUND: Herbal medicines are particularly regarded as an alternative or complement to conventional pharmaceuticals in the treatment and prevention of respiratory tract infections (RTI). OBJECTIVE: Therefore the purpose of this review was to identify evidence for herbal therapy in the treatment of RTI concerning effectiveness and safety. DATA SOURCES: Medline/PubMed, Scopus and the Cochrane Library were searched through 12 February 2015...
June 10, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609129/efficacy-and-safety-of-guizhi-shaoyao-zhimu-decoction-for-treating-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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James W Daily, Ting Zhang, Shihua Cao, Sunmin Park
OBJECTIVES: GuiZhi-ShaoYao-ZhiMu decoction (GSZD), a traditional Chinese herbal medication for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), has a long history of use and modern scientific research support for efficacy, but the studies have not been systematically evaluated. Therefore, this study systematically reviewed the efficacy of GSZD using the available human clinical trials and conducted a meta-analysis. METHODS: The available databases were searched using proper languages of English, Korean, and Chinese...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605334/an-overview-of-culinary-and-medicinal-mushrooms-in-neurodegeneration-and-neurotrauma-research
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Kah-Hui Wong, Chai-Chee Ng, Gowri Kanagasabapathy, Yoon-Yen Yow, Vikineswary Sabaratnam
Culinary and medicinal mushrooms have been appreciated since prehistoric times as valuable resources for food and medicine. Edible mushrooms represent an untapped source of nutraceuticals and valuable palatable food. Long considered tonics, they are now treasured as functional foods that can improve human health and quality of life. Numerous studies have provided insights into the neuroprotective effects of edible mushrooms, which are attributed to their antioxidant, antineuroinflammatory, and cholinesterase inhibitory properties, and their ability to prevent neuronal death...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603717/assessment-of-the-risk-to-public-health-due-to-use-of-antimicrobials-in-pigs-an-example-of-pleuromutilins-in-denmark
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Lis Alban, Johanne Ellis-Iversen, Margit Andreasen, Jan Dahl, Ute W Sönksen
Antibiotic consumption in pigs can be optimized by developing treatment guidelines, which encourage veterinarians to use effective drugs with low probability of developing resistance of importance for human health. In Denmark, treatment guidelines for use in swine production are currently under review at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. Use of pleuromutilins in swine has previously been associated with a very low risk for human health. However, recent international data and sporadic findings of novel resistance genes suggest a change of risk...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601545/red-yeast-rice-preparations-are-they-suitable-substitutions-for-statins
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REVIEW
Carlos A Dujovne
Red yeast rice, a commercially available food supplement known to reduce serum cholesterol, has been repeatedly advocated as alternative therapy for hypercholesterolemic patients that refuse statins, cannot tolerate statin therapy's side effects, or request a "naturopathic" medicine. Red yeast rice contains a fungus (Monascus purpureus), which was utilized in the original production of lovastatin (Mevacor TM), the first marketed pharmaceutical statin, and is chemically identical to such product. Their identical properties account for the similarity in therapeutic and side effects of red yeast rice and lovastatin...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595759/what-is-healing-reflections-on-diagnostic-criteria-nosology-and-etiology
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Jeff Levin
This article examines the conceptual history and contemporary usages of the term "healing." In response to longstanding definitional ambiguity, reflections are offered on what are termed the diagnostic criteria, nosology, and etiology of healing. First, a summary is provided of how healing has been defined within medicine. Second, the dimensionality of healing is discussed. Third, healing's putative determinants are outlined. For biomedicine, healing mainly concerns repair of wounds or lesions and is unidimensional...
May 11, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594284/evidence-based-medicine-and-contemporary-certification-analysis-of-the-american-board-of-vascular-medicine-endovascular-board-examination
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David Paul Slovut, Bruce H Gray, Amin Saiar, Mark C Bates
Since 2005, the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) endovascular examination has been used to certify vascular practitioners. Annual rigorous review has confirmed it is psychometrically valid and reliable. However, the evidence basis underlying the examination items has not been studied systematically. The aim of this study was to adjudicate class of recommendation (COR) and level of evidence (LOE) for the 2015 ABVM endovascular examination and establish an additional feedback mechanism for examination improvement based on contemporary evidence-based guidelines...
June 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592330/state-of-play-and-clinical-prospects-of-antibody-gene-transfer
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Kevin Hollevoet, Paul J Declerck
Recombinant monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are one of today's most successful therapeutic classes in inflammatory diseases and oncology. A wider accessibility and implementation, however, is hampered by the high product cost and prolonged need for frequent administration. The surge in more effective mAb combination therapies further adds to the costs and risk of toxicity. To address these issues, antibody gene transfer seeks to administer to patients the mAb-encoding nucleotide sequence, rather than the mAb protein...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589298/changes-in-esophageal-motility-after-acupuncture
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Felipe M Vieira, Fernando A M Herbella, Daniel H Habib, Marco G Patti
BACKGROUND: Chinese medicine is widely used in the East with good results for the treatment of many diseases. Acupuncture has been increasingly used and recognized as a complementary medical treatment. Some studies on gastrointestinal motility are available; however, acupuncture effect on esophageal motility is still elusive due to the lack of studies with adequate methodology. This study aims to evaluate acupuncture effect on esophageal motility. METHODS: We studied 16 (50% females, mean age 26 years) volunteers...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585105/physical-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-pelvic-floor-disorders
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REVIEW
Alex Arnouk, Elise De, Alexandra Rehfuss, Carin Cappadocia, Samantha Dickson, Fei Lian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to catalog the most recent available literature regarding the use of conservative measures in treatment of pelvic floor disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Pelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders...
June 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578626/the-pathologist-2-0-an-update-on-digital-pathology-in-veterinary-medicine
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Christof A Bertram, Robert Klopfleisch
Using light microscopy to describe the microarchitecture of normal and diseased tissues has changed very little since the middle of the 19th century. While the premise of histologic analysis remains intact, our relationship with the microscope is changing dramatically. Digital pathology offers new forms of visualization, and delivery of images is facilitated in unprecedented ways. This new technology can untether us entirely from our light microscopes, with many pathologists already performing their jobs using virtual microscopy...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578258/alternative-treatment-strategies-for-neuropathic-pain-role-of-indian-medicinal-plants-and-compounds-of-plant-origin-a-review
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REVIEW
Hasandeep Singh, Sakshi Bhushan, Rohit Arora, Harpal Singh Buttar, Saroj Arora, Balbir Singh
Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state accompanied by tissue injury and nerve damage. This important health issue constitutes a challenge for the modern medicine worldwide. The management of neuropathic pain remains a major clinical challenge, pertaining to an inadequate understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms of neuropathic pain. Various classes of drugs have been reported effective for the management of neuropathic pain viz. opiates, tricyclic antidepressants, and antiepileptic agents. However, association of adverse effects with these drugs hinders their confident prescription in people with neuropathic pain...
June 1, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578186/revealing-allele-specific-gene-expression-by-single-cell-transcriptomics
#18
Julio Aguila Benitez, Shangli Cheng, Qiaolin Deng
Single-cell sequencing has emerged as a revolutionary method that reveals biological processes with unprecedented resolution and scale, and has already greatly impacted biology and medicine. To investigate processes such as alternative splicing, novel exon detection and allele-specific expression (ASE), full-length based single-cell RNA-seq methods are required for broad sequence coverage and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) identification. In this review, we revisit recent achievements from studies that used single-cell RNA-seq to advance our understanding of ASE in the context of both autosomal and X-chromosome genes...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577511/therapies-for-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-in-a-new-era-the-indication-of-vintage-hormonal-therapy-chemotherapy-and-the-new-medicines
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REVIEW
Atsushi Mizokami, Yoshifumi Kadono, Yasuhide Kitagawa, Kouji Izumi, Hiroyuki Konaka
When advanced prostate cancer recurred during hormonal therapy and became the castration-resistant prostate cancer, "vintage hormonal therapy," such as antiandrogen alternating therapy or estrogen-related hormonal therapy, was widely carried out in Japan until 2013. This vintage hormonal therapy controlled the progression of castration-resistant prostate cancer. When castration-resistant prostate cancer relapses during these therapies, chemotherapy using docetaxel has been carried out subsequently. Since new hormonal therapies using abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide, which improve the prognosis of castration-resistant prostate cancer, became available in Japan from 2014, therapeutic options for castration-resistant prostate cancer have increased...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576127/trials-directly-comparing-alternative-spontaneous-breathing-trial-techniques-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karen E A Burns, Ibrahim Soliman, Neill K J Adhikari, Amer Zwein, Jessica T Y Wong, Carolina Gomez-Builes, Jose Augusto Pellegrini, Lu Chen, Nuttapol Rittayamai, Michael Sklar, Laurent J Brochard, Jan O Friedrich
BACKGROUND: The effect of alternative spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) techniques on extubation success and other clinically important outcomes is uncertain. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL, CINAHL, Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews, Ovid Health Star, proceedings of five conferences (1990-2016), and reference lists for randomized trials comparing SBT techniques in intubated adults or children. Primary outcomes were initial SBT success, extubation success, or reintubation...
June 1, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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