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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528474/toxicity-assessment-of-ash-and-dust-from-handmade-gold-jewelry-manufacturing-workshops-in-bangladesh
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Arif M Sikder, Tanvir Hossain, Manzurul H Khan, M Aziz Hasan, M Fakhruzzaman, Joseph B Turner, Dmitry Pestov, Leigh S McCallister, K Maudood Elahi
Traditionally, handmade gold jewelry played a very important role in the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. Goldsmiths still are partially using ancient manufacturing process with coal fire, candle flame blowing, and nitric and sulfuric acid treatments. Such process leads to the contamination of workplace with the dust of toxic metals, acidic vapors, and particles of different natures. To evaluate contamination by particulate matter (PM), the passive particle collectors were installed in different manufacturing units for a period of 85 days at Tanti Bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527357/functionalization-of-electrospun-polymeric-wound-dressings-with-antimicrobial-peptides
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REVIEW
Helena P Felgueiras, M Teresa P Amorim
Wound dressings have evolved considerably since ancient times. Modern dressings are now important systems that combine the physical and biochemical properties of natural and synthetic polymers with active compounds that are beneficial to wound healing. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are the most recent addition to these systems. These aim to control the microbial proliferation and colonization of pathogens and to modulate the host's immune response. In the last decade, electrospun wound dressings have been extensively studied and the electrospinning technique recognized as an efficient approach for the production of nanoscale fibrous mats...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511700/a-new-easy-to-make-pectin-honey-hydrogel-enhances-wound-healing-in-rats
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Gessica Giusto, Cristina Vercelli, Francesco Comino, Vittorio Caramello, Massimiliano Tursi, Marco Gandini
BACKGROUND: Honey, alone or in combination, has been used for wound healing since ancient times and has reemerged as a topic of interest in the last decade. Pectin has recently been investigated for its use in various biomedical applications such as drug delivery, skin protection, and scaffolding for cells. The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate a pectin-honey hydrogel (PHH) as a wound healing membrane and to compare this dressing to liquid honey. METHODS: Thirty-six adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized and a 2 × 2 cm excisional wound was created on the dorsum...
May 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511178/descriptions-of-apoplexy-by-joseph-frank-in-the-beginning-of-the-nineteenth-century-in-vilnius
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Eglė Sakalauskaitė-Juodeikienė, Dalius Jatužis
In the beginning of the 19th century, apoplexy was understood to be a disease of the cerebral blood vessels, manifesting with a sudden weakening or extinction of sensation and the patient's inability to move. In this study, we examined the situation of neurology in the beginning of the 19th century in Vilnius through the perspective of a nervous system disease - apoplexy. Case reports and descriptions of apoplexy in the textbook and memoirs by Joseph Frank (1771-1842), descriptions of patients with apoplexy from the proceedings of Vilnius University Clinic were analysed...
May 17, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501232/restoring-balance-for-people-with-cancer-through-integrative-oncology
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REVIEW
Judy A Fulop, Ania Grimone, David Victorson
Integrative Oncology incorporates conventional and western cancer treatment approaches with the best of ancient and traditional medicine including nutrition, supplements, Qigong, herbal medicine, mind-body practices, and more. This article offers a guiding conceptual paradigm from an integrative perspective based on the principles of balance and imbalance. An integrative approach is used to help improve quality of life, enhance lifestyle choices and mitigate symptoms and side effects from conventional treatments...
June 2017: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494847/history-of-cupping-hijama-a-narrative-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
Naseem Akhtar Qureshi, Gazzaffi Ibrahim Ali, Tamer Shaban Abushanab, Ahmed Tawfik El-Olemy, Meshari Saleh Alqaed, Ibrahim S El-Subai, Abdullah M N Al-Bedah
Cupping (Hijama in Arabic) is an ancient, holistic method for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Though the exact origin of cupping therapy is a matter of controversy, its use has been documented in early Egyptian and Chinese medical practices. Diverse human civilizations have contributed to the historical development and continuation of cupping therapy. This narrative review describes the history of cupping, historical definitions, cupping instruments and uses of cupping therapy. Electronic searches of relevant databases (PubMed, Google Scholar and OvidSP) were conducted using keywords and Boolean operators...
May 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494846/can-a-science-based-definition-of-acupuncture-improve-clinical-outcomes
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REVIEW
Ted Priebe, Steven H Stumpf, Rod Zalunardo
Research on acupuncture has been muddled by attempts to bridge the ancient with the modern. Barriers to effectiveness research are reflected in recurring conflicts that include disagreement on use of the most basic terms, lack of standard intervention controls, and the absence of functional measures for assessing treatment effect. Acupuncture research has stalled at the "placebo barrier" wherein acupuncture is "no better than placebo." The most widely recognized comparative effectiveness research in acupuncture does not compare acupuncture treatment protocols within groups, thereby, mutating large scale effectiveness studies into large scale efficacy trials...
May 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494373/influence-of-li-charge-compensator-ion-on-the-energy-transfer-from-pr-3-to-gd-3-ions-in-ca9mg-po4-6f2-gd-3-pr-3-li-phosphor
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Sumedha Tamboli, S J Dhoble
Phototherapy is a renowned treatment for curing skin diseases since ancient times. Phototherapeutic treatment for psoriasis and many other diseases require narrow band ultra violet-B (NB-UVB) light with peak intensity at 313nm to be exposed to the affected part of body. In this paper, we report combustion synthesis of NB-UVB -313nm emitting Ca9Mg(PO4)6F2 phosphors doped with Gd(3+), Pr(3+) and Li(+) ions. The phase formation was confirmed by obtaining X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and morphology was studied with the Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images...
May 2, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480833/nanoemulsion-for-the-effective-treatment-and-management-of-anti-tubercular-drug-therapy
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Sarwar Beg, Sumant Saini, Sarim Imam, Mahfoozur Rahman, Suryakanta Swain, M S Hasnain
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is considered as one of the deadliest diseases of human existence. Since ancient age the treatment of tuberculosis has been highly challenging primarily owing to the pathogenic nature of the Mycobacterium and its diverse spots of localization in human body including lungs, liver, spleen, eye, meninges and lymph nodes. METHODS: The conventional drug therapy employed for the treatment of tuberculosis is not highly satisfactorily owing to low oral bioavailability of the drugs...
May 3, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472605/total-flavonoid-extract-from-abelmoschus-manihot-l-medic-flowers-attenuates-d-galactose-induced-oxidative-stress-in-mouse-liver-through-the-nrf2-pathway
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Yan Qiu, Peng-Fei Ai, Jian-Jun Song, Chang Liu, Zhi-Wei Li
Abelmoschus manihot (L.) Medic is an edible hibiscus that is rich in flavonoids, and its use as Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of diseases and health maintenance dates back to ancient times. The chemical compositions of total flavonoid of A. manihot (L.) Medic flower extract (TFAE) were identified and determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The effects of TFAE on antioxidative activities in a d-galactose (d-gal)-induced mouse model and Nrf2-mediated antioxidant responses were evaluated...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469152/lineage-specific-snps-for-genotyping-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-clinical-isolates
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Horng-Yunn Dou, Chien-Hsing Lin, Yih-Yuan Chen, Shiu-Ju Yang, Jia-Ru Chang, Keh-Ming Wu, Ying-Tsong Chen, Pei-Ju Chin, Yen-Ming Liu, Ih-Jen Su, Shih-Feng Tsai
Tuberculosis (TB) is a severe infectious disease worldwide. Genetic variation of the causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), determines the outcomes of infection and anti-TB treatment. Until recently, there has been no effective and convenient way for classifying clinical isolates based on the DNA sequences of the divergent lineages of MTB infecting human populations. Here, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of six representative strains from Taiwan by whole-genome sequencing and comparing the results to the sequence of the H37Rv reference strain...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468116/-study-on-the-author-and-its-edition-circulation-of-ao-shi-shang-han-jin-jing-lu-ao-s-records-of-golden-mirror-on-cold-pathogenic-diseases
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R Liang
Based on Ao's original work, Du Qingbi compiled Ao shi shang han jin jing lu (Ao's Records of Golden Mirror on Cold Pathogenic Diseases) . Though someone claimed that Ao shi shang han jin jing lu was an expert of Confucian classics, Ao Jiweng in the Yuan dynasty, unfortunately, no records reveal that he had been related to medicine, and it needs further investigation. It was seldom known since the completion of Ao shi shang han jin jing lu. Thanks to Xue Ji' of the Ming Dynasty who blockprinted this work twice and then it began to circulate...
March 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464025/pams-ameliorates-the-imiquimod-induced-psoriasis-like-skin-disease-in-mice-by-inhibition-of-translocation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-production-of-inflammatory-cytokines
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Rongkun Dou, Zongying Liu, Xue Yuan, Danzhou Xiangfei, Ruixue Bai, Zhenfei Bi, Piao Yang, Yalan Yang, Yinsong Dong, Wei Su, Diqiang Li, Canquan Mao
Psoriasis is a chronic and persistent inflammatory skin disease seriously affecting the quality of human life. In this study, we reported an ancient formula of Chinese folk medicine, the natural plant antimicrobial solution (PAMs) for its anti-inflammatory effects and proposed the primary mechanisms on inhibiting the inflammatory response in TNF-α/IFN-γ-induced HaCaT cells and imiquimod-induced psoriasis-like skin disease mouse model. Two main functional components of hydroxysafflor Yellow A and allantoin in PAMs were quantified by HPLC to be 94...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462145/antihypertensive-effect-of-allicin-in-dexamethasone-induced-hypertensive-rats
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Harikesh Dubey, Anamika Singh, Angad M Patole, Chandrashekhar R Tenpe
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoid is among the most commonly prescribed medicine. Unfortunately, Excess glucocorticoid level leads hypertension in 80-90% patients. Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used since ancient times and even nowadays as a part of popular medicine for various ailments and physiological disorders. Hence this study was undertaken to investigate the antihypertensive activity of allicin in dexamethasone induced hypertension in wistar rats. METHODS: The animals were randomly divided into four groups comprising of six rats per group...
March 2017: Integr Med Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462082/on-arsenic-trioxide-in-the-clinical-treatment-of-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
#15
REVIEW
Peng Zhang
Arsenic is generally considered hypertoxic. However, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times, to treat serious illnesses. Recently, a single dose of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) has been found especially effective in treating acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Generally speaking, As2O3 is a more effective treatment of APL than other, newer medications and has less severe adverse reactions and greater safety.
2017: Leukemia Research Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461119/taraxacum-mongolicum-extract-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-associated-apoptosis-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Xiao-Hong Li, Xi-Ran He, Yan-Yan Zhou, Hai-Yu Zhao, Wen-Xian Zheng, Shan-Tong Jiang, Qun Zhou, Ping-Ping Li, Shu-Yan Han
BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive and deadly breast cancer subtype with limited treatment options. It is necessary to seek complementary strategies for TNBC management. Taraxacum mongolicum, commonly named as dandelion, is a herb medicine with anti-cancer activity and has been utilized to treat mammary abscess, hyperplasia of mammary glands from ancient time in China, but the scientific evidence and action mechanisms still need to be studied. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study was intended to investigate the therapeutic effect and molecular mechanisms of dandelion extract in TNBC cell line...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446157/natural-products-isolated-from-tetragonula-carbonaria-cerumen-modulate-free-radical-scavenging-and-5-lipoxygenase-activities-in-vitro
#17
Karina D Hamilton, Peter R Brooks, Steven M Ogbourne, Fraser D Russell
BACKGROUND: Propolis and cerumen are plant-derived products found in honeybees and stingless bees, respectively. Although propolis is an ancient folk medicine, the bioactivities of cerumen obtained from Australian native stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) have not been widely studied. Therefore, we investigated selected anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of T. carbonaria cerumen. METHODS: A methanolic extract was prepared from the combined cerumen of 40 T...
April 26, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443617/the-therapeutic-potential-of-psychedelic-drugs-past-present-and-future
#18
Robin L Carhart-Harris, Guy M Goodwin
Plant-based psychedelics such as psilocybin have an ancient history of medicinal use. After the first English-language report on LSD in 1950, psychedelics enjoyed a short-lived relationship with psychology and psychiatry. Used most notably as aides to psychotherapy for the treatment of mood disorders and alcohol dependence, drugs such as LSD showed initial therapeutic promise before prohibitive legislature in the mid-1960s effectively ended all major psychedelic research programmes. Since the early 1990s, there has been a steady revival of human psychedelic research: last year saw reports on the first modern brain imaging study with LSD and 3 separate clinical trials of psilocybin for depressive symptoms...
April 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426839/medical-history-in-the-hellenic-journal-of-nuclear-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Andreas Otte
The Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary end of 2017. On board of the editorial team since 2003, this journal has influenced me like a good friend over the many past years. From time to time, the journal has published interesting and valuable historical notes. They show that nuclear medicine has a history and that medicine is its basis. They also teach us today, and some of the ancient perspectives and approaches are still valid. The reader of HJNM may be interested in these historical contributions, as they are timeless...
January 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419718/shifting-microbial-communities-sustain-multiyear-iron-reduction-and-methanogenesis-in-ferruginous-sediment-incubations
#20
M S Bray, J Wu, B C Reed, C B Kretz, K M Belli, R L Simister, C Henny, F J Stewart, T J DiChristina, J A Brandes, D A Fowle, S A Crowe, J B Glass
Reactive Fe(III) minerals can influence methane (CH4 ) emissions by inhibiting microbial methanogenesis or by stimulating anaerobic CH4 oxidation. The balance between Fe(III) reduction, methanogenesis, and CH4 oxidation in ferruginous Archean and Paleoproterozoic oceans would have controlled CH4 fluxes to the atmosphere, thereby regulating the capacity for CH4 to warm the early Earth under the Faint Young Sun. We studied CH4 and Fe cycling in anoxic incubations of ferruginous sediment from the ancient ocean analogue Lake Matano, Indonesia, over three successive transfers (500 days in total)...
April 17, 2017: Geobiology
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