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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434097/impact-of-a-complementary-integrative-medicine-program-on-the-need-for-supportive-cancer-care-related-medications
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Ilanit Shalom-Sharabi, Noah Samuels, Efraim Lev, Ofer Lavie, Lital Keinan-Boker, Elad Schiff, Eran Ben-Arye
OBJECTIVE: Despite the growing evidence supporting the use of complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced toxicities, little is known on CIM impact of these therapies regarding the use of medications for supportive cancer care. In this study, we examined the impact of CIM on the need for supportive cancer care-related medications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with breast or gynecological cancer referred to and attending an integrative physician (IP) consultation for gastrointestinal (GI) concerns were designated as the treatment group; those not attending as controls...
April 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432185/exogenous-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-a-chinese-herbalist-s-prescription-of-ointment-containing-dexamethasone
#2
Viola Franke, Winnie Francien Scholtens, Ines Alexandra von Rosenstiel, Marie Jose Walenkamp
Eczema in children is a chronic disabling condition. The impact of this condition on the lives of families is often underestimated by conventional physicians. As a consequence parents may investigate complementary treatment options. Close monitoring by a paediatrician is essential, considering that a variety of adverse effects can occur during the use of complementary treatment. We present a 5-year-old girl with eczema. She visited a Chinese herbalist who prescribed an ointment. The parents noticed that the eczema resolved fast, itching decreased and she was finally sleeping well...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430862/how-health-related-quality-of-life-assessment-should-be-used-in-advanced-colorectal-cancer-clinical-trials
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F Bonnetain, C Borg, R R Adams, J A Ajani, A Benson, H Bleiberg, B Chibaudel, E Diaz-Rubio, J Y Douillard, C S Fuchs, B J Giantonio, R Goldberg, V Heinemann, M Koopman, R Labianca, A K Larsen, T Maughan, E Mitchell, M Peeters, C J A Punt, H J Schmoll, C Tournigand, A de Gramont
Traditionally, the efficacy of cancer treatment in patients with advance or metastatic disease in clinical studies has been studied using overall survival (OS) and more recently tumor-based endpoints such as progression-free survival, measurements of response to treatment. However, these seem not to be the relevant clinical endpoints in current situation if such endpoints were no validated as surrogate of OS to demonstrate the clinical efficacy. Appropriate, meaningful, primary patient-oriented and patient-reported endpoints that adequately measure the effects of new therapeutic interventions are then crucial for the advancement of clinical research in metastatic colorectal cancer to complement the results of tumor-based endpoints...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430032/sociocultural-hegemony-gendered-identity-and-use-of-traditional-and-complementary-medicine-in-ghana
#4
Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Daniel Buor, Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Padmore Adusei Amoah
This study investigated the gender differences in use of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) in Ghana. Using an interviewer-administered questionnaire, we collected data from March to June 2013 from 324 randomly sampled adults in the Ashanti Region. The prevalence of TCM use in the prior 12 months was 86%. Females constituted the majority (61%) of TCM users. Female TCM users were more likely than male users to have had only a basic education, been traders (p ˂ .0001), and had health insurance (p ˂ ...
April 21, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425415/drug-induced-liver-injury-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-india-etiology-clinical-features-and-predictors-of-mortality
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Chetan Rathi, Nirav Pipaliya, Ruchir Patel, Meghraj Ingle, Aniruddha Phadke, Prabha Sawant
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is rare; however, it is one of the important causes of acute liver failure which results in significant morbidity or mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with suspected DILI were enrolled based on predefined criteria and followed up for at least 6 months or until normalization of liver tests. Causality assessment was done by applying the Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method model. RESULTS: We collected data from 82 individuals diagnosed with DILI at our hospital from 2014 through 2015 (41 men; median age, 38 years)...
May 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421118/pattern-of-traditional-medicine-utilization-among-hiv-aids-patients-on-antiretroviral-therapy-at-a-university-hospital-in-northwestern-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Abyot Endale Gurmu, Fitsum Sebsibe Teni, Wondmagegn Tamiru Tadesse
The objective of this study was to assess traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine (TCAM) utilization pattern among HIV/AIDS patients on antiretroviral therapy at University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital. Materials and Methods. Data on sociodemographic profile and clinical and TCAM utilization were collected using a structured, pretested questionnaire from April 01 to May 28, 2014, through interviews with patients. Data on CD4 count, HIV stage, and ART regimen were collected from patient records...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419964/effects-of-paeonia-emodi-on-hepatic-cytochrome-p450-cyp3a2-and-cyp2c11-expression-and-pharmacokinetics-of-carbamazepine-in-rats
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Mohammad Raish, Ajaz Ahmad, Khalid M Alkharfy, Basit L Jan, Kazi Mohsin, Abdul Ahad, Fahad I Al-Jenoobi, Abdullah M Al-Mohizea
Herbal medicines, dietary supplements, and other foods may pharmacokinetically and/or pharmacodynamically interact with carbamazepine (CBZ), which could lead to potential clinical consequences. Paeonia emodi (PE) is one of the herbs used as complementary therapy in the treatment of epileptic patients in some cultures, and may also be co-administered with CBZ. This study evaluates the effects of PE on the pharmacokinetics of CBZ and determines a possible mechanism of interaction. Rats were administered vehicle saline or PE (200mg/kg, p...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417094/contemporary-acupressure-therapy-adroit-cure-for-painless-recovery-of-therapeutic-ailments
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REVIEW
Piyush Mehta, Vishwas Dhapte, Shivajirao Kadam, Vividha Dhapte
Since time immemorial, complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) have played a significant role in human health care. CAM is known to have a strong reputation and reliability within every culture to provide basic health care treatment for patients. CAM acts as a better therapeutic option in human being for treating various diseases and improving quality of life with apt consideration to the economic aspects. Acupressure, one of the known CAM, originated in ancient China is based on the principal of acupoints activation across the meridians which correct the imbalance between Qi...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417090/role-of-traditional-islamic-and-arabic-plants-in-cancer-therapy
#9
REVIEW
Rizwan Ahmad, Niyaz Ahmad, Atta Abbas Naqvi, Adeeb Shehzad, Mastour Safer Al-Ghamdi
ETHNO PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: This review article underlines individual Traditional Islamic and Arabic plant (TAI) and their role in treating cancer. The aim of the study is to specifically evaluate the progress of herbs, Arabic and Islamic traditional herbs in particular, applied in cancer treatment, so far. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Islamic and Arabic plants were selected and identified through different literature survey using "Google scholar", "Web of science", "Scopus" and "PubMed"...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417082/improving-glucose-tolerance-by-muscle-damaging-exercise
#10
Chien-Te Ho, Machiko Otaka, Chia-Hua Kuo
Tissue damage is regarded as an unwanted medical condition to be avoided. However, introducing tolerable tissue damages has been used as a therapeutic intervention in traditional and complementary medicine to cure discomfort and illness. Eccentric exercise is known to cause significant necrosis and insulin resistance of skeletal muscle. The purpose of this study was to determine the magnitude of muscle damage and blood glucose responses during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) after eccentric training in 21 young participants...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415449/complementary-approaches-for-the-evaluation-of-biocompatibility-of-90-y-labeled-superparamagnetic-citric-acid-fe-er-3o4-coated-nanoparticles
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Bratislav Antic, Marko Boskovic, Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, Yue Ming, Hongguo Zhang, Emil S Bozin, Drina Janković, Vojislav Spasojevic, Sanja Vranjes-Djuric
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are of immense interest for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in medicine. Design and development of new iron oxide-based MNPs for such applications is of rather limited breadth without reliable and sensitive methods to determine their levels in body tissues. Commonly used methods, such as ICP, are quite problematic, due to the inability to decipher the origin of the detected iron, i.e. whether it originates from the MNPs or endogenous from tissues and bodily fluids. One of the approaches to overcome this problem and to increase reliability of tracing MNPs is to partially substitute iron ions in the MNPs with Er...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414735/the-coexistence-of-traditional-medicine-and-biomedicine-a-study-with-local-health-experts-in-two-brazilian-regions
#12
Sofia Zank, Natalia Hanazaki
This study investigated the combined use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by local experts in Chapada do Araripe communities (Ceará State) and maroon communities (Santa Catarina State), Brazil. The objective was to understand the perception of local health specialists regarding the number of healers, demand for healers and use of medicinal plants, and the dependence of different environments to obtain such plants. We also aimed to understand the role of medicinal plants to treat different categories of diseases and if there is a complementary use of medicinal plants and allopathic biomedicine, according to the context of each group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413327/effects-of-ginseng-on-two-main-sex-steroid-hormone-receptors-estrogen-and-androgen-receptors
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REVIEW
Joonwoo Park, Heewon Song, Si-Kwan Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Dong-Kwon Rhee, YoungJoo Lee
Ginseng has been used in China for at least two millennia and is now popular in over 35 countries. It is one of the world's popular herbs for complementary and alternative medicine and has been shown to have helpful effects on cognition and blood circulation, as well as anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic effects, among many others. The pharmacological activities of ginseng are dependent mainly on ginsenosides. Ginsenosides have a cholesterol-like four trans-ring steroid skeleton with a variety of sugar moieties...
April 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410445/integrative-skin-care-dermatology-and-traditional-and-complementary-medicine
#14
Gerard Bodeker, Terence J Ryan, Adva Volk, Jahnavi Harris, Gemma Burford Mbiochem
Skin problems and diseases are extremely common globally and, due to their visibility, often result in severe distress and stigma for sufferers. Traditional (i.e., indigenous or local) and complementary health systems are widely used and incorporate many treatment modalities suitable for skin care, and a body of evidence for their efficacy and safety has built up over many decades. These approaches are often used as part of a broader "integrative medicine" (IM) approach that may also include, for example, nutrition and mind-body approaches...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405545/maslinic-acid-inhibits-proliferation-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-cell-lines-and-suppresses-angiogenesis-of-endothelial-cells
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Parth Thakor, Wenzhe Song, Ramalingam B Subramanian, Vasudev R Thakkar, David A Vesey, Glenda C Gobe
Despite the introduction of many novel therapeutics in clinical practice, metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains a treatment-resistant cancer. As red and processed meat are considered risk factors for RCC, and a vegetable-rich diet is thought to reduce this risk, research into plant-based therapeutics may provide valuable complementary or alternative therapeutics for the management of RCC. Herein, we present the antiproliferative and antiangiogenic effects of maslinic acid, which occurs naturally in edible plants, particularly in olive fruits, and also in a variety of medicinal plants...
2017: Journal of Kidney Cancer and VHL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405151/systematic-review-the-placebo-effect-of-psychological-interventions-in-the-treatment-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Carla E Flik, Laura Bakker, Wijnand Laan, Yanda R van Rood, André J P M Smout, Niek J de Wit
AIM: To determine the placebo response rate associated with different types of placebo interventions used in psychological intervention studies for irritable bowel syndrome. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials comparing psychological interventions (stress management/relaxation therapy (cognitive) behavioral therapy, short-term psychodynamic therapy, and hypnotherapy) for the treatment of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosed with the Manning or Rome criteria with an adequate placebo control treatment and reporting data on IBS symptom severity were identified by searching PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL and PsycINFO databases...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403816/substantial-out-of-pocket-expenditure-on-maternity-care-practitioner-consultations-and-treatments-during-pregnancy-estimates-from-a-nationally-representative-sample-of-pregnant-women-in-australia
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Jon Adams, Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Alex Broom, David Sibbritt
BACKGROUND: A wide range of health care options are utilised by pregnant women in Australia. The out-of-pocket costs of maternity care in Australia vary depending on many factors including model of care utilised, health insurance coverage, and women's decision to access health services outside of conventional maternity care provision. METHODS: Women from the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) who identified as pregnant or as recently having given birth in 2009 were invited to complete a sub-study questionnaire investigating health service utilisation during their most recent pregnancy...
April 12, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403461/toward-enhancing-treatment-for-pregnant-smokers-laying-the-groundwork-for-the-use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-approaches
#18
Amy M Loree, Steven J Ondersma, Emily R Grekin
Introduction: Although effective treatments exist, most women who smoke during pregnancy neither seek nor receive treatment. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments (eg, mindfulness, yoga, and acupuncture) may be attractive, low-cost options that can be used to assist a large proportion of pregnant women with smoking cessation. Methods: This study examined participant characteristics and treatment utilization among pregnant smokers in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in order to explore the prevalence and predictors of CAM use for any purpose within this population...
May 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401813/epistemological-challenges-in-contemporary-western-healthcare-systems-exemplified-by-people-s-widespread-use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine
#19
Anita Salamonsen, Rolf Ahlzén
Modern Western public healthcare systems offer predominantly publicly subsidized healthcare traditionally based on biomedicine as the most important basis to cure persons who suffer from disorders of somatic or psychiatric nature. To which extent this epistemological position is suitable for this purpose is under scientific debate and challenged by some people's personal understandings of health and illness, their individual illness experiences and their decision-making. Current studies show decreasing levels of patient trust in Western public healthcare and a widespread patient-initiated use of complementary and alternative medicine which is often linked to unmet patient-defined healthcare needs...
January 1, 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398544/beliefs-about-a-complementary-and-alternative-therapy-based-chronic-pain-management-program-for-a-medicaid-population
#20
Elizabeth Donovan, Megan L Ranney, Emily J Patry, Michelle McKenzie, Janette Baird, Traci C Green
Objective.:  Rhode Island Medicaid offers high emergency department utilizers the opportunity to take part in the Chronic Pain Program, an integrated treatment approach that includes free complementary therapies (massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture). The aim of the current analysis was to understand beliefs about the Rhode Island Chronic Pain Program from the perspective of the patient receiving services, the provider delivering services, and the administrator implementing the program...
April 8, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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