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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634545/herbal-and-alternative-medicine-use-in-tanzanian-adults-admitted-with-hypertension-related-diseases-a-mixed-methods-study
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Anthony Liwa, Rebecca Roediger, Hyasinta Jaka, Amina Bougaila, Luke Smart, Stacey Langwick, Robert Peck
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is increasingly common in sub-Saharan Africa where traditional medicine use is also common. We conducted a hospital-based, mixed-methods study to determine prevalence, pattern, and correlates of herbal and alternative medicine use in Tanzanian adults hospitalized with hypertension. METHODS: A standardized questionnaire was administered. In-depth interviews were performed on a subset of participants. Factors associated with herbal medicine use were determined by logistic regression...
2017: International Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632818/benefits-of-islet-transplantation-as-an-alternative-to-pancreas-transplantation-retrospective-study-of-more-than-10-ten-years-of-experience-in-a-single-center
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Barbora Voglová, Martina Zahradnická, Peter Girman, Jan Kríž, Zuzana Berková, Tomáš Koblas, Ema Vávrová, Lenka Németová, Lucie Kosinová, David Habart, Eva Fábryová, Eva Dovolilová, Ivan Leontovyc, Tomáš Neškudla, Jan Peregrin, Jozef Kovác, Kvetoslav Lipár, Matej Kocík, Tomáš Marada, Jirí Svoboda, František Saudek
BACKGROUND: Pancreas transplantation (PTx) represents the method of choice in type 1 diabetic patients with conservatively intractable hypoglycemia unawareness syndrome. In 2005, the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) launched a program to investigate the safety potential of islet transplantation (ITx) in comparison to PTx. AIM: This study aims to compare the results of PTx and ITx regarding severe hypoglycemia elimination, metabolic control, and complication rate...
2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632418/therapeutic-monitoring-of-unfractionated-heparin-trials-and-tribulations
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Israfil Baluwala, Emmanuel Favaloro, Leonardo Pasalic
Heparin is one of the oldest biological medicines with an established role in prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thromboembolism. Published therapeutic ranges for unfractionated heparin (UFH) mostly precede the large increase in the number of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) reagent/instrument combinations that now show wide variability. Areas covered: This paper explores the use of UFH, the development of heparin therapeutic ranges (HTRs), and the strengths and limitations of the methods used to monitor heparin's anticoagulant effect...
June 20, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
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/28631171/qualitative-assessment-of-vaccination-hesitancy-among-members-of-the-apostolic-church-of-zimbabwe-a-case-study
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Z Machekanyanga, S Ndiaye, R Gerede, K Chindedza, C Chigodo, M E Shibeshi, J Goodson, F Daniel, L Zimmerman, R Kaiser
Vaccine hesitancy or lack of confidence in vaccines is considered a threat to the success of vaccination programs. The rise and spread of measles outbreaks in southern Africa in 2009-2010 were linked to objections among Apostolic Church members, estimated at about 3.5 million in Zimbabwe as of 2014. To inform planning of interventions for a measles-rubella vaccination campaign, we conducted an assessment of the factors contributing to vaccine hesitancy using data from various stakeholders. Among nine districts in three regions of Zimbabwe, we collected data on religious attitudes toward, and perceptions of, vaccines through focus group discussions with health workers serving Apostolic communities and members of the National Expanded Programme on Immunization; semi-structured interviews with religious leaders; and open-ended questions in structured interviews with Apostolic parents/caregivers...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630419/iscador-qu-inhibits-doxorubicin-induced-senescence-of-mcf7-cells
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T Srdic-Rajic, J F Santibañez, K Kanjer, N Tisma-Miletic, M Cavic, D Galun, M Jevric, N Kardum, A Konic-Ristic, T Zoranovic
Chemotherapy in patients with inoperable or advanced breast cancer inevitably results in low-dose exposure of tumor-cell subset and senescence. Metabolically active senescent cells secrete multiple tumor promoting factors making their elimination a therapeutic priority. Viscum album is one of the most widely used alternative anti-cancer medicines facilitating chemotherapy tolerance of breast cancer patients. The aim of this study was to model and investigate how Viscum album extracts execute additive anti-tumor activity with low-dose Dox using ER + MCF7 breast cancer cells...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28629411/prevalence-and-predictors-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-among-people-with-coronary-heart-disease-or-at-risk-for-this-in-the-sixth-troms%C3%A3-study-a-comparative-analysis-using-protection-motivation-theory
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Agnete E Kristoffersen, Fuschia M Sirois, Trine Stub, Anne Helen Hansen
BACKGROUND: Engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy diet and regular physical activity, are known to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is known to be associated with having a healthy lifestyle. The primary aim of this study was to examine the prevalence and predictors of CAM use in CHD patients, and in those without CHD but at risk for developing CHD, using Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) as a guiding conceptual framework...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629290/functional-foods-how-functional-are-they-a-case-report-of-supplement-induced-psychosis
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Priyanka Yadav, Kyle Stigall, Hannah E Johnson, Abner O Rayapati, Nitin Chopra
There is rising evidence of patients' use of alternative and complementary medicine. The percentage of the U.S. population who used at least one dietary supplement increased from 42% in 1988-1994 to 53% in 2003-2006. We present a case of an Asian female in her 40s, with no previous psychiatric illness, who presented to the emergency room following a brief psychotic episode, during which she self-amputated the tips of her fingers, after using multivitamins and herbal supplements including ginseng, gui yuan rou (Chinese herb), astaxanthin, goji (Chinese fruit), selenium, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, citrus bioflavanoid, lutein (zeaxantin), resvexatrol, sun chlorella, spirulina powder, phytoceramides, phytoestrogen, glucosatrin, bromelain plus, and American bee pollen...
August 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627237/characteristic-analysis-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-randomized-controlled-trials-of-oncology
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Huiqing Zhang, Geliang Yang, Wei Zhang, Wei Gu, Yonghua Su, Changquan Ling
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been widely used by cancer patients and oncologists in the past decades. The present study aimed to examine and compare the characteristics and registration status of published studies in a sample of recently published CAM randomized controlled trial (RCT) reports of oncology in leading journals of 3 categories: general and internal medicine (GIM), clinical oncology (CO), and CAM. METHODS: Articles published in the top 5 journals of the 3 categories from 2006 to 2015 were searched in PubMed...
March 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627033/silodosin-versus-naftopidil-in-the-treatment-of-premature-ejaculation-a-prospective-multicenter-trial
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Yoshikazu Sato, Toshikazu Otani, Toshiyasu Amano, Tohru Araki, Nobuyuki Kondou, Masanori Matsukawa, Musashi Tobe, Kazunori Haga, Kousuke Uchida, Ichiya Honma
OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy of two α1-adrenoceptor antagonists with different affinities for α1-adrenoceptor subtypes, silodosin and naftopidil, in the treatment of premature ejaculation. METHODS: This was a prospective, open-label, multicenter trial. A total of 26 patients with untreated acquired premature ejaculation were enrolled. Premature ejaculation was defined based on the International Society for Sexual Medicine recommendation. Patients self-administered on demand silodosin 4 mg or naftopidil 25 mg 1 h before intercourse, alternating drugs at least three times each...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626964/impact-of-prior-distributions-and-central-tendency-measures-on-bayesian-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-model-fitting
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Oscar Gustafsson, Mikael Montelius, Göran Starck, Maria Ljungberg
PURPOSE: Bayesian model fitting has been proposed as a robust alternative for intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model-fitting parameter estimation. However, consensus regarding choice of prior distribution and posterior distribution central tendency measure is needed. The aim of this study was to compare the quality of IVIM parameter estimates produced by different prior distributions and central tendency measures, and to gain knowledge about the effect of these choices. METHODS: Three prior distributions (uniform, reciprocal, and lognormal) and two measures of central tendency (mean and mode) found in the literature were studied using simulations and in vivo data from a tumor mouse model...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626962/three-dimensional-motion-corrected-sensitivity-encoding-reconstruction-for-multi-shot-multi-slice-mri-application-to-neonatal-brain-imaging
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Lucilio Cordero-Grande, Emer J Hughes, Jana Hutter, Anthony N Price, Joseph V Hajnal
PURPOSE: To introduce a methodology for the reconstruction of multi-shot, multi-slice magnetic resonance imaging able to cope with both within-plane and through-plane rigid motion and to describe its application in structural brain imaging. THEORY AND METHODS: The method alternates between motion estimation and reconstruction using a common objective function for both. Estimates of three-dimensional motion states for each shot and slice are gradually refined by improving on the fit of current reconstructions to the partial k-space information from multiple coils...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626510/multispecialty-rating-of-evidence-based-conditions-for-intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-using-a-3-axis-prioritization-algorithm
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Jordan S Orange, Matt Johnson, Barb Lennert, Katarzyna Shields, Michael Eaddy
BACKGROUND: A 3-axis prioritization algorithm was proposed and was evaluated in a US multispecialist pilot study to obtain uniform consensus regarding effective practices for the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to use consensus-building methodologies to rate disease states for IVIG utilization while considering disease severity and the efficacy of alternative therapeutic options to IVIG from the perspective of US multispecialists...
May 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625995/novel-antibiotic-resistance-determinants-from-agricultural-soil-exposed-to-antibiotics-widely-used-in-human-medicine-and-animal-farming
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Calvin Ho-Fung Lau, Kalene van Engelen, Stephen Gordon, Justin Renaud, Edward Topp
Antibiotic resistance has emerged globally as one of the biggest threats to human and animal health. Although the excessive use of antibiotics is recognized for accelerating the selection for resistance, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that natural environments are "hotspots" for the development of both ancient and contemporary resistance mechanisms. Given that pharmaceuticals can be entrained onto agricultural land through anthropogenic activities, this could be a potential driver for the emergence and dissemination of resistance in soil bacteria...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625948/anticholinesterase-activity-and-identification-of-huperzine-a-in-three-mexican-lycopods-huperzia-cuernavacensis-huperzia-dichotoma-and-huperzia-linifolia-lycopodiaceae
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Mariana Vázquez García, Gilsane Lino von Poser, Miriam Apel, Rosa Cerros Tlatilpa, Aniceto Mendoza-Ruiz, María Luisa Villarreal, Amelia Teresinha Henriques, Alexandre Cardoso Taketa
Huperzine A (Hup A), the alkaloid produced by the Chinese medicinal plant Huperzia serrata, has been documented to be a promising agent for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease due to its potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitory (AChEI) activity. The search for anticholinesterase natural products, as well as for alternative sources of Hup A in Mexican lycopods, prompted us to investigate these plants. The action of methanolic and alkaloidal extracts of three Huperzia species (H. cuernavacensis, H. dichotoma, and H...
January 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624626/alternative-polyadenylation-patterns-for-novel-gene-discovery-and-classification-in-cancer
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Oguzhan Begik, Merve Oyken, Tuna Cinkilli Alican, Tolga Can, Ayse Elif Erson-Bensan
Certain aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cancer patients are still important challenges to be addressed. Therefore, we propose a pipeline to uncover patterns of alternative polyadenylation (APA), a hidden complexity in cancer transcriptomes, to further accelerate efforts to discover novel cancer genes and pathways. Here, we analyzed expression data for 1045 cancer patients and found a significant shift in usage of poly(A) signals in common tumor types (breast, colon, lung, prostate, gastric, and ovarian) compared to normal tissues...
June 15, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624255/-psoriatic-patients-analysis-of-patients-dissatisfied-with-their-management
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E Mahé, F Maccari, A Beauchet, N Quiles-Tsimaratos, N Beneton, J Parier, H Barthelemy, C Goujon-Henry, G Chaby, D Thomas-Beaulieu, G Géner, L Wagner, V Pallure, S Devaux, A Vermersch-Langlin, P Pfister, J Jégou, C Livideanu, M-L Sigal
BACKGROUND: The French are frequently regarded as grouchy. In a recent study, we observed a high proportion of patients initially consulting for psoriasis because they were dissatisfied with their previous therapy. We analyzed the characteristics of these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional multicenter study in 40 centers belonging to the ResoPso (psoriasis treatment network) multicenter study group, with consecutive inclusions over a period of 11months in 2014...
June 14, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622827/copaifera-multijuga-oleoresin-and-its-constituent-diterpene-copalic-acid-genotoxicity-and-chemoprevention-study
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Jacqueline M Alves, Juliana M Senedese, Luís F Leandro, Pâmela T Castro, Daiane E Pereira, Luiza J Carneiro, Sérgio R Ambrósio, Jairo K Bastos, Denise C Tavares
Copaiba oleoresins are used in alternative medicine as anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, and antimicrobial treatments. (-)-Copalic acid (CA) is the major diterpene found in exudates from Copaifera species. We have examined the genotoxicity and the chemopreventive potential of Copaifera multijuga oleoresin (CM) and CA. Genotoxicity assessment was examined with the peripheral blood micronucleus test and the comet assay (male Swiss mouse hepatocytes). In the chemoprevention study, we evaluated the effects of CM and CA on the formation of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH)-induced aberrant crypt foci (ACF) in male Wistar rat colon...
July 2017: Mutation Research
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