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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220762/drug-detection-in-breath-non-invasive-assessment-of-illicit-or-pharmaceutical-drugs
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Phillip Trefz, Svend Kamysek, Patricia Fuchs, Pritam Sukul, Jochen Schubert, Wolfram Miekisch
Breath analysis not only holds great potential for the development of new non-invasive diagnostic methods, but also for the identification and follow up of drug levels in breath. This is of interest for both, forensic and medical science. On the one hand, the detection of drugs of abuse in exhaled breath - similar to the well-known breath alcohol tests - would be highly desirable as an alternative to blood or urine analysis in situations such as police controls for drugged driving. The noninvasive detection of drugs and their metabolites is thus of great interest in forensic science, especially since marijuana is becoming legalized in certain parts of the U...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216948/averrhoa-bilimbi-linn-a-review-of-its-ethnomedicinal-uses-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology
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Alhassan Muhammad Alhassan, Qamar Uddin Ahmed
Averrhoa bilimbi Linn. is principally cultivated for medicinal purposes in many tropical and subtropical countries of the world. Literature survey about this plant shows that A. bilimbi is mainly used as a folk medicine in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and as an antimicrobial agent. The prime objective of this review is to accumulate and organize literature based on traditional claims and correlate those with current findings on the use of A. bilimbi in the management of different ailments...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215166/seaweed-polysaccharides-new-therapeutic-insights-against-the-inflammatory-response-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Vaishnu Devi Da, Pragasam Viswanathan
BACKGROUND: The higher risk of diabetic nephropathy (DN) leads to end stage renal diseases in worldwide, which is associated with chronic inflammation. Currently, the available treatments are limited, lack of efficacy and safety. Therefore, we are in need of novel targets and advanced treatments to reduce the necessity for the renal replacement therapy and burden of this disease management. In this review, we performed through an inflammatory mechanism that contribute to DN, will provide a key point to the finding off novel therapeutic agents...
February 16, 2017: Anti-inflammatory & Anti-allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214074/subspecialty-training-and-certification-in-geriatric-psychiatry-a-25-year-overview
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Dorthea Juul, Christopher C Colenda, Jeffrey M Lyness, Laura B Dunn, Rita Hargrave, Larry R Faulkner
: The Institute of Medicine estimated that by 2030, from 10.1 to 14.4 million Americans aged 65 years or older will have mental health or substance use disorders. This article reviews the history and current status of training, certification, and practice in geriatric psychiatry against the backdrop of this "silver tsunami." The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) administered the first subspecialty examination in geriatric psychiatry in 1991, and through 2015 3,329 certificates were awarded...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212843/natural-extranuclear-androgen-receptor-ligands-as-endocrine-disruptors-of-cancer-cell-growth
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Marilena Kampa, George Notas, Elias Castanas
Even though the term endocrine disruption primarily designates environmental chemicals that can interfere with the action of hormones, in recent years it has been extended to include also plant derived compounds that can reach the human body, naturally, or have been identified and studied as alternative pharmaceutical agents. In fact, for a large number of them, their antihormonal action was appreciated by different traditional herbal medicines. In the present review we report the majority of the plant derived compounds that exhibit an antiandrogenic effect and the known mechanisms of action...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212381/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-bronchiolitis-in-infants-a-systematic-review
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Kok Pim Kua, Shaun Wen Huey Lee
BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis is a common cause of hospitalization among infants. The limited effectiveness of conventional medication has prompted the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as alternative or adjunctive therapy for the management of bronchiolitis. AIMS: To determine the effectiveness and safety of CAM for the treatment of bronchiolitis in infants aged less than 2 years. METHODS: A systematic electronic search was performed in Medline, Embase, CINAHL, AMED, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) from their respective inception to June 30, 2016 for studies evaluating CAM as an intervention to treat bronchiolitis in infants (1 month to 2 years of age)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209661/non-topical-management-of-recalcitrant-paediatric-atopic-dermatitis
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Jin Ho Chong, Mark Jean Aan Koh
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic, pruritic skin disease in children. As the incidence of AD increases, especially in high-income countries, paediatricians may see an increasing number of recalcitrant AD cases in their practice. Although these cases are principally managed by paediatric dermatologists, it is important for paediatricians to be aware of the use and side effects of non-topical treatment like phototherapy and systemic agents as well as the evidence for alternative treatment, which caregivers may ask about...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205376/drug-drug-interactions-in-pediatric-oncology-patients
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T E Balk, I H van der Sijs, T van Gelder, J J B Janssen, I M van der Sluis, R W F van Leeuwen, F K Engels
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) can negatively affect pharmacotherapy. However, pediatric DDI studies are scarce. We undertook an exploratory study to investigate prevalence and clinical relevance of DDIs between cytostatic and noncytostatic drugs in outpatient pediatric oncology patients. PROCEDURE: After informed consent and inclusion, the following information was collected: currently prescribed noncytostatic and cytostatic drugs, comorbidities, and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and dietary supplements...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191804/does-alternative-and-traditional-wasam-local-cautery-therapy-facilitate-an-early-and-more-extensive-locoregional-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
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INTRODUCTION: A large heterogeneous group of unproven remedies exist to treat cancer in both developed and developing countries. Some of these remedies often do more harm than good to the patients. The traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures. The traditional medicine in Oman is based on herbal treatment and skin treatment (massage, Cupping and skin burn "cautery" treatment-known as Wasam or Kaiy)...
September 2016: Gulf Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191452/circulating-tumor-cells-in-genitourinary-malignancies-an-evolving-path-to-precision-medicine
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Cory M Hugen, Daniel E Zainfeld, Amir Goldkorn
Precision medicine with molecularly directed therapeutics is rapidly expanding in all subspecialties of oncology. Molecular analysis and treatment monitoring require tumor tissue, but resections or biopsies are not always feasible due to tumor location, patient safety, and cost. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) offer a safe, low-cost, and repeatable tissue source as an alternative to invasive biopsies. "Liquid biopsies" can be collected from a peripheral blood draw and analyzed to isolate, enumerate, and molecularly characterize CTCs...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191024/recent-trends-in-pharmacological-activity-of-alkaloids-in-animal-colitis-potential-use-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Cristina Alves de Almeida, Felipe Meira de-Faria, Ricardo José Dunder, Luis Paulo Bognoni Manzo, Alba Regina Monteiro Souza-Brito, Anderson Luiz-Ferreira
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic and disrupted inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. IBD have two main conditions, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and have been extensively investigated in recent years. Antibiotics derived from salicylates, steroids, immunosuppressors, and anti-TNF therapy are part of the therapeutic arsenal for IBD. However, very often patients stop responding to treatments over the time. In this context, searching for alternative agents is crucial for IBD clinical management...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187512/a-review-of-gradient-stiffness-hydrogels-used-in-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Xia Tingting, Liu Wanqian, Yang Li
Substrate stiffness is known to impact characteristics including cell differentiation, proliferation, migration and apoptosis. Hydrogels are polymeric materials distinguished by high water content and diverse physical properties. Gradient stiffness hydrogels are designed by the need to develop biologically friendly materials as extracellular matrix (ECM) alternatives to replace the separated and narrow-ranged hydrogel substrates. Important new discoveries in cell behaviors have been realized with model gradient stiffness hydrogel systems from the two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) scale...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183265/some-important-dietary-polyphenolic-compounds-an-anti-inflammatory-and-immunoregulatory-perspective
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Mayank Kinger, Sushil Kumar, Vinod Kumar
Inflammation plays an important role in maintaining the body's homeostasis. It repairs the damaged tissues of the body resulting from injury or infection. In addition, a diverse array of diseases like hepatitis, arthritis and colitis has been reported and described to be associated with inflammatory processes. Some autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) emerge by the influence of numerous genes in complex environmental situations belongs to inflammation. The currently available processes for curing inflammation and related disorders facilitate the use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...
February 8, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180922/effect-of-btxa-on-inhibiting-hypertrophic-scar-formation-in-a-rabbit-ear-model
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Dong-Qing Liu, Xiao-Jing Li, Xiao-Juan Weng
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic scar (HS) is a refractory skin disease caused by major physical damage or other inflammation. Some reports found that botulinum toxin type A (BTXA) could be an alternative treatment of the HS. Therefore, the authors studied the effects of BTXA on the treatment of HS and the dose response of BTXA. METHODS: Hypertrophic scars were harvested from the ears of 18 young adult New Zealand big-eared rabbits and treated with BTXA or triamcinolone acetonide (TAC) in vivo experiment...
February 8, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179418/assessing-the-potential-clinical-impact-of-reciprocal-drug-approval-legislation-on-access-to-novel-therapeutics-in-the-usa-a-cohort-study
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Matthieu Larochelle, Nicholas S Downing, Joseph S Ross, Frank S David
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the potential effect of reciprocal approval legislation on access to clinically impactful therapeutics in the USA. DESIGN: A cohort study. SETTING: New therapeutics approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and/or Health Canada between 2000 and 2010. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Characteristics of new therapeutics approved by the EMA and/or Health Canada before the FDA, including mechanistic novelty, likely clinical impact, size of the affected population and FDA review outcome...
February 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178729/re-examining-physical-findings-with-point-of-care-ultrasound-a-narrative-review
#16
William Diprose, Francois Verster, Cameron Schauer
The art of physical examination has continued to be practised by physicians largely unchanged for over 200 years. Ultrasound, once the domain of the radiologist, is now being increasingly used by emergency physicians and intensivists to make rapid, accurate diagnoses at the point-of-care. We review the growing body of evidence supporting point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) as the preferred alternative to many aspects of the cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal and neurological examinations in internal medicine...
January 27, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178024/the-effects-of-curcuminoids-on-musculoskeletal-pain-a-systematic-review
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Andrew Gaffey, Helen Slater, Kylie Porritt, Jared M Campbell
BACKGROUND: Western countries are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to assist with relieving ailments. Turmeric, from the ginger family Zingiberaceae, has a history of use for medicinal purposes. The polyphenols found in turmeric (curcuminoids) have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. With the use of CAMs increasing, it is important for the effectiveness of curcuminoids to be established. OBJECTIVES: To identify the effectiveness of the use of curcuminoids for the amelioration of musculoskeletal pain...
February 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175966/literature-review-to-optimize-the-autologous-fat-transplantation-procedure-and-recent-technologies-to-improve-graft-viability-and-overall-outcome-a-systematic-and-retrospective-analytic-approach
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REVIEW
Yoong Hoon Shim, Ru Hong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Investigation and evaluation of the current methods and steps of autologous fat transplantation to optimize the viability of fat grafts and procedure outcome in quest of a more standardized protocol. METHODS: A thorough literature search was performed across the CNKI, Wan Fang, PubMed, Ovid and EMBASE databases from the year 1970 to December 2014, collecting and classifying all of the autologous fat transplantation-related reports and articles, and after screening, a critical retrospective analysis was performed on the included data...
February 7, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175964/painting-a-new-picture-of-personalised-medicine-for-diabetes
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REVIEW
Mark I McCarthy
The current focus on delivery of personalised (or precision) medicine reflects the expectation that developments in genomics, imaging and other domains will extend our diagnostic and prognostic capabilities, and enable more effective targeting of current and future preventative and therapeutic options. The clinical benefits of this approach are already being realised in rare diseases and cancer but the impact on management of complex diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, remains limited. This may reflect reliance on inappropriate models of disease architecture, based around rare, high-impact genetic and environmental exposures that are poorly suited to our emerging understanding of type 2 diabetes...
February 7, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170280/super-users-at-an-acupuncture-and-oriental-medicine-teaching-clinic-demographics-and-unique-clinical-characteristics
#20
Forrest Cooper, Benjamin L Marx, Tamsin L Lee, Deborah Espesete
OBJECTIVE: The use of acupuncture in the United States has consistently grown over the last two decades, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has recently called for greater understanding of "real life outcomes and use" by complementary and alternative medicine users. This study assesses the demographics and utilization patterns of "super-users" treated at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine intern clinic. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) intern clinic, a large acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) school in Portland, Oregon...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
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