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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731887/risk-of-anaphylaxis-in-complementary-and-alternative-medicine
#1
Natasha C Gunawardana
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is widespread across the world. Patients with asthma and allergy regularly use CAM therapies. Allergic and anaphylactic reactions to CAM have been reported. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent attempts to regulate and monitor adverse reaction to these therapies have given us further insight into potential causes of severe allergic reactions. Several culprits identified including Andrographis paniculata, Echinacea species, bee products, Ginkgo biloba and Ginseng are discussed here...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731782/identifiability-of-components-of-complex-interventions-using-factorial-designs
#2
Andreas Gleiss
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this contribution is to demonstrate how the component structure of a complex intervention (CI) can be efficiently exploited for study design and statistical analysis by using concepts of factorial designs. Many studies on CIs in complementary and alternative medicine exhibit the structure of factorial designs, where all possible combinations of the levels of two or more treatments occur together. In this contribution, the treatment arms of CI studies are explicitly viewed as factorial combinations of their components...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728997/sepsis-reconsidered-identifying-novel-metrics-for-behavioral-landscape-characterization-with-a-high-performance-computing-implementation-of-an-agent-based-model
#3
Chase Cockrell, Gary An
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis affects nearly 1 million people in the United States per year, has a mortality rate of 28-50% and requires more than $20 billion a year in hospital costs. Over a quarter century of research has not yielded a single reliable diagnostic test or a directed therapeutic agent for sepsis. Central to this insufficiency is the fact that sepsis remains a clinical/physiological diagnosis representing a multitude of molecularly heterogeneous pathological trajectories. Advances in computational capabilities offered by High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms call for an evolution in the investigation of sepsis to attempt to define the boundaries of traditional research (bench, clinical and computational) through the use of computational proxy models...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725633/exploiting-leech-saliva-to-treat-osteoarthritis-a-provocative-perspective
#4
Edwin L Cooper, Natalie Mologne
Plant and animal-derived products are crucial components in complementary and alternative medicine. Although modern medicine has provided numerous innovations and advancements, these often fail to reveal new and dependable, inexpensive treatments nor real cures that are relatively free of adverse side effects. We present evidence that hirudotherapy, which utilizes leeches, improves certain diseases, including osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, a disease in joints, could benefit from use of medicinal peptides found in leech saliva, components of its immune system...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725620/attenuation-of-diabetic-nephropathy-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-by-punica-granatum-linn-leaves-extract
#5
Snehal Nitin Mestry, Jayesh Bachu Dhodi, Sangita Balbhim Kumbhar, Archana Ramesh Juvekar
With an objective to develop Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, the present study investigated the protective effects of methanolic extract of Punica granatum leaves (MPGL) in streptozotocin-induced diabetic nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy has become a leading cause of end stage renal failure worldwide. P. granatum, due to its anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities may retard the progression of diabetic nephropathy. In this study, diabetes was induced by a single injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 45 mg/kg, i...
July 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725594/weekly-ascorbic-acid-infusion-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-patients-a-single-arm-phase-ii-trial
#6
Torben K Nielsen, Martin Højgaard, Jon T Andersen, Niklas Rye Jørgensen, Bo Zerahn, Bent Kristensen, Trine Henriksen, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Kári J Mikines, Henrik E Poulsen
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid (AA) has in vivo cytotoxic properties at concentrations that can only be achieved through intravenous (IV) administration in humans. Treatment with intravenous AA is widely and increasingly used in complementary medicine despite a lack of clinical evidence for the efficacy of this treatment. METHODS: This non-comparative, single-center, phase II trial included patients with chemotherapy-naïve, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) from an outpatient clinic to evaluate the efficacy and safety of IV AA therapy...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724709/-caution-this-treatment-is-a-placebo-it-might-work-but-it-might-not-why-emerging-mechanistic-evidence-for-placebo-effects-does-not-legitimise-complementary-and-alternative-medicines-in-sport
#7
EDITORIAL
Chris Beedie, Greg Whyte, Andrew M Lane, Emma Cohen, John Raglin, Phil Hurst, Damian Coleman, Abby Foad
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723722/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-and-symptom-burden-in-women-undergoing-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer-in-malaysia
#8
Ping Lei Chui, Khatijah Lim Abdullah, Li Ping Wong, Nur Aishah Taib
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used for cancer- and chemotherapy-related symptoms. Nurses are likely to encounter many CAM users in their practice. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to assess CAM use and examine the symptom burden of CAM and non-CAM users among patients with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. METHODS: A CAM use questionnaire and the Side-Effect Burden Scale were administered to 546 patients...
July 14, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723601/a-review-of-medicinal-plants-for-the-treatment-of-earache-and-tinnitus-in-iran
#9
REVIEW
Mohammad Reza Mahmoudian-Sani, Morteza Hashemzadeh-Chaleshtori, Majid Asadi-Samani, Tahra Luther
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Despite numerous trials, there has not yet been any definite strategy to reduce replicable long-term tinnitus and earache. Complementary and alternative medical approaches have been used to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus and earache. This study was conducted to report medicinal plants that are used to treat ear disorders, especially earache and tinnitus in different regions of Iran. EVIDENCE ACQUISITIONS: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Google Scholar, PubMed, LISTA (EBSCO), Embase, and Web of Science were searched using relevant search terms to retrieve eligible publications...
June 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722267/simultaneous-bright-and-black-blood-whole-heart-mri-for-noncontrast-enhanced-coronary-lumen-and-thrombus-visualization
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Giulia Ginami, Radhouene Neji, Alkystis Phinikaridou, John Whitaker, René M Botnar, Claudia Prieto
PURPOSE: To develop a 3D whole-heart Bright-blood and black-blOOd phase SensiTive (BOOST) inversion recovery sequence for simultaneous noncontrast enhanced coronary lumen and thrombus/hemorrhage visualization. METHODS: The proposed sequence alternates the acquisition of two bright-blood datasets preceded by different preparatory pulses to obtain variations in blood/myocardium contrast, which then are combined in a phase-sensitive inversion recovery (PSIR)-like reconstruction to obtain a third, coregistered, black-blood dataset...
July 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721818/eurycoma-longifolia-a-potential-phytomedicine-for-the-treatment-of-cancer-evidence-of-p53-mediated-apoptosis-in-cancerous-cells
#11
Hnin Ei Thu, Zahid Hussain, Isa Naina Mohamed, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid
BACKGROUND: Eurycoma longifolia is a well-documented herbal medicine that has gained widespread recognition due to its versatile pharmacological activities including anticancer, anti-malarial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-diabetic, anti-rheumatism and anti-ulcer. Plethora of in vitro and in vivo studies evidenced their excellent anti-proliferative and anticancer efficacy against various types of human cancers. OBJECTIVE: This review was aimed to critically analyze the therapeutic viability and anticancer efficacy of Eurycoma longifolia in the treatment of cancer and also to propose its molecular and translational mechanism of cytotoxicity against cancerous cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719249/applying-sensory-modulation-to-mental-health-inpatient-care-to-reduce-seclusion-and-restraint-a-case-control-study
#12
Charlotte Andersen, Anne Kolmos, Kjeld Andersen, Volkmar Sippel, Elsebeth Stenager
BACKGROUND: Clinical training in managing conflicts and preventing violence seldom contains sensory modulation (SM) as a method to de-escalate and prevent restraint and seclusion. Sensory-based interventions promote adaptive regulation of arousal and emotion. SM is a complementary approach that is associated with reduced rates of seclusion and restraint in mental healthcare, but there is need for more research in this area. AIMS: Using SM to reduce restraint and seclusion in inpatient mental health care...
July 18, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718252/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-among-asthmatic-patients
#13
Fawad Ahmed, Ayaz Ayub, Hamid Hussain
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in some developed countries is on the rise as surveys conducted on large scale vouch for. This study was conducted with the aim to determine the frequency of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among asthmatic patients at outpatient department of tertiary care hospitals in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in outpatient department of two tertiary care hospitals...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716376/improving-the-safety-of-health-information-technology-requires-shared-responsibility-it-is-time-we-all-step-up
#14
Dean F Sittig, Elisabeth Belmont, Hardeep Singh
In 2011, an Institute of Medicine report on health information technology (IT) and patient safety highlighted that building health-IT for safer use is a shared responsibility between key stakeholders including: "vendors, care providers, healthcare organizations, health-IT departments, and public and private agencies". Use of electronic health records (EHRs) involves all these stakeholders, but they often have conflicting priorities and requirements. Since 2011, the concept of shared responsibility has gained little traction and EHR developers and users continue to attribute the substantial, long list of problems to each other...
July 14, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712435/are-modern-health-worries-associated-with-medical-conspiracy-theories
#15
Y Lahrach, A Furnham
This study was concerned with whether Medical Conspiracy Theories (MCTs), along with other variables (demographics, ideology and health perceptions) are associated with Modern Health Worries (MHWs). MCTs were significantly associated with MHWs over and above all other variables. Older individuals, with more religious and right-wing beliefs had higher MHWs. In addition, those who used Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and individuals who perceived their mental health as worse than their peers were also more likely to display higher MHWs...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710110/impact-of-a-patient-tailored-complementary-integrative-medicine-programme-on-disturbed-sleep-quality-among-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy
#16
Hilit Kerner, Noah Samuels, Shlomi Ben Moshe, Ilanit Shalom Sharabi, Eran Ben-Arye
OBJECTIVES: The present study examined the impact of a patient-tailored complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) programme on sleep quality in patients undergoing chemotherapy for breast and gynaecological cancer. METHODS: Study participants received standard supportive care, with or without weekly CIM treatments. Disturbed sleep quality was defined as a score of ≥4 on the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) or a score of ≥3 on the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30)...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709778/midwives-personal-use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-cam-influences-their-recommendations-to-women-experiencing-a-post-date-pregnancy
#17
Lyndall Mollart, Virginia Skinner, Jon Adams, Maralyn Foureur
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have increasingly been used by pregnant women with a steady rise in interest by midwives. Literature describing CAM and self-help options midwives recommend to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy is sparse. This study aimed to investigate if Australian midwives' personal CAM use impacts on discussions and recommendations of CAM/Self-help strategies. METHODOLOGY/DESIGN: A survey of a national midwifery association midwifery members (n=3,552) was undertaken at a midwifery conference (October 2015) and via e-bulletins (November 2015-March 2016)...
July 11, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709572/the-balancing-act-of-societies-and-of-clinical-histories
#18
Mauricio Goihman-Yahr
Individuals and societies are, respectively, confederations of cells and individuals. They function well only if their constituents work in a complementary and harmonious way. This is regulated by control mechanisms. Failure or malfunction of these leads to disease or social upheaval, respectively. Medicine, including dermatology, and government act by restoring homeostasis when self-regulation is unable to do so. Long-term or even permanent survival of individuals and societies can be achieved when profound understanding of control mechanisms becomes a reality...
July 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709569/selected-active-naturals-for-atopic-dermatitis-atopic-dermatitis-part-1
#19
Nanette B Silverberg
The desire for naturally derived agents is a growing trend for patients, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Studies indicate that complementary and alternative medicine is often used by patients and parents of children with atopic dermatitis, not necessarily with beneficial results. A half-dozen natural agents (ie, topical agents: coconut oil, colloidal oatmeal, sunflower oil, mustard oil, glycerin, and oral Chinese herbal therapy) are discussed because they have become popular for their expected activity in the therapy of atopic dermatitis...
July 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709077/phytonanotherapy-for-management-of-diabetes-using-green-synthesis-nanoparticles
#20
K Anand, C Tiloke, Pragalathan Naidoo, A A Chuturgoon
The world has a rich diversity of indigenous medicinal plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) gives high priority to eco-friendly, non-hazardous and cost effective healthcare such as the use of medicinal plants to treat various illnesses, including Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis (TB), diabetes mellitus (DM), malaria, and cancer. In developing countries, a high proportion of the population tends to use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) together with conventional prescription drugs...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
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