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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445955/metformin-is-associated-with-survival-benefit-in-pancreatic-cancer-patients-with-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ping-Ting Zhou, Bo Li, Fu-Rao Liu, Mei-Chao Zhang, Qian Wang, Yan-Yan Li, Ci Xu, Yuan-Hua Liu, Yuan Yao, Dong Li
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal disease with a poor prognosis while metformin has been associated with a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer. Although the benefit of metformin was observed for pancreatic cancer prevention, it is not clear whether it can also affect the survival of pancreatic cancer patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to assess the effect of metformin on the survival of pancreatic cancer patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445160/association-between-mmp2-1306-c-t-polymorphism-and-prostate-cancer-susceptibility-a-meta-analysis-based-on-3906-subjects
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Kaiping Zhang, Xianguo Chen, Jun Zhou, Cheng Yang, Meng Zhang, Min Chao, Li Zhang, Chaozhao Liang
Numerous investigations have addressed the correlation between MMP2-1306C/T polymorphism and prostate cancer (PCa) susceptibility. However, these conclusions were controversial. Thus, we conducted this current meta-analysis based on six studies from PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, China Biology Medicine disc (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) up to October 21st, 2016. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to evaluate the strength of the correlations. Additionally, different subgroup analyses and publication bias tests were performed...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443078/phytochemical-characterization-of-terminalia-catappa-linn-extracts-and-their-antifungal-activities-against-candida-spp
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Analucia G Terças, Andrea de Souza Monteiro, Eduardo B Moffa, Julliana R A Dos Santos, Eduardo M de Sousa, Anna R B Pinto, Paola C da Silva Costa, Antonio C R Borges, Luce M B Torres, Allan K D Barros Filho, Elizabeth S Fernandes, Cristina de Andrade Monteiro
Terminalia catappa Linn bark is used to treat dysentery by various populations in Southeast Asian countries, and its leaves have also been used in traditional medicine to treat hepatitis in India and the Philippines. Here, the antifungal actions of crude hydro-alcoholic extract (TcHE) and fractions from T. catappa leaves were assessed via the agar diffusion and microdilution tests on Candida reference strains and clinical isolates from patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Additionally, the potential cytotoxic effects of TcHE were assessed on cultured human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442506/genome-wide-association-studies-of-chemotherapeutic-toxicities-genomics-of-inequality
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Brandon Mapes, Omar El Charif, Shereen Al-Sawwaf, M Eileen Dolan
With an estimated global population of cancer survivors exceeding 32 million and growing, there is a heightened awareness of the long-term toxicities resulting from cancer treatments and their impact on quality of life. Unexplained heterogeneity in the persistence and development of toxicities, as well as an incomplete understanding of their mechanisms have generated a growing need for the identification of predictive pharmacogenomic markers. Early studies addressing this need used a candidate gene approach; however, over the last decade, unbiased and comprehensive genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided markers of phenotypic risk and potential targets to explore the mechanistic and regulatory pathways of biological functions associated with chemotherapeutic toxicity...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438729/gathering-opinions-on-depression-information-needs-and-preferences-samples-and-opinions-in-clinic-versus-web-based-surveys
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Matthew T Bernstein, John R Walker, Kathryn A Sexton, Alan Katz, Brooke E Beatie
BACKGROUND: There has been limited research on the information needs and preferences of the public concerning treatment for depression. Very little research is available comparing samples and opinions when recruitment for surveys is done over the Web as opposed to a personal invitation to complete a paper survey. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to (1) to explore information needs and preferences among members of the public and (2) compare Clinic and Web samples on sample characteristics and survey findings...
April 24, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436338/the-effect-of-boswellia-serrata-resin-diet-supplementation-on-production-hematological-biochemical-and-immunological-parameters-in-broiler-chickens
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A R M Al-Yasiry, B Kiczorowska, W Samolińska, E Kowalczuk-Vasilev, D Kowalczyk-Pecka
Boswellia serrata resin (BSR), exhibiting a variety of therapeutic properties, is applied in Asian traditional medicine. These properties can be used in poultry production as well. Application of the resin as a phytobiotic in broiler chicken rearing can increase the productivity and improve meat quality. However, the optimum and maximum levels of BSR in broiler diets need to be assessed. The study determined the effect of different levels of supplementation of BSR (directly derived, unprocessed) in diets for broiler chickens on the production traits, selected slaughter analysis parameters, nutrient digestibility and selected hematological, biochemical and immunological parameters...
April 24, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435233/patient-opinions-on-medicine-use-review-exploring-an-expanding-role-of-community-pharmacists
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Sirinya Aimaurai, Atthapinya Jumpated, Ines Krass, Teerapon Dhippayom
BACKGROUND: Current evidence supports the benefit of medicine-use review (MUR) for the safe and effective use of medicines. However, little is known about opinions of consumers regarding their preference for undertaking MUR, especially in the developing world, eg, in some Asian countries. We aimed to explore patients' opinions about potential MUR and other enhanced services provided by community pharmacists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A qualitative study using focus groups was conducted at Naresuan University's community pharmacy, Phitsanulok, Thailand...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426597/accommodating-immigrant-women-s-preferences-for-female-health-care-providers
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Christa Aubrey, Zubia Mumtaz, Patrick B Patterson, Radha Chari, B F Peter Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: To investigate obstetricians' perspectives of the importance, effect, and challenges of providing intrapartum care to immigrant women who request a female obstetrician. METHODS: A focused ethnography was conducted at a large teaching hospital, which serves a high proportion of immigrant clientele (predominantly North or East African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Data collection comprised single, semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 20 obstetric health care providers (10 resident and 10 staff obstetricians)...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422543/newer-insights-into-the-antidiarrheal-effects-of-acacia-catechu-willd-extract-in-guinea-pig
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Matteo Micucci, Roberto Gotti, Ivan Corazza, Gabriella Tocci, Alberto Chiarini, Marta De Giorgio, Luca Camarda, Maria Frosini, Carla Marzetti, Monica Cevenini, Roberta Budriesi
Acacia catechu Willd. is a plant diffused in India and other Asian countries, where it is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of several ailments including diarrhea, one of the most common pathologies worldwide. In this study, we determined the chemical composition of Acacia catechu Willd. extract (AC) and evaluated its effect on spontaneous and induced contractility in isolated guinea pig ileum and proximal colon. Preliminary data about its antimicrobial effect against some pathogen agents versus some microbiota intestinal strain have been also reported...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421090/comparative-genomics-and-phylogenomics-of-east-asian-tulips-amana-liliaceae
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Pan Li, Rui-Sen Lu, Wu-Qin Xu, Tetsuo Ohi-Toma, Min-Qi Cai, Ying-Xiong Qiu, Kenneth M Cameron, Cheng-Xin Fu
The genus Amana Honda (Liliaceae), when it is treated as separate from Tulipa, comprises six perennial herbaceous species that are restricted to China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Although all six Amana species have important medicinal and horticultural uses, studies focused on species identification and molecular phylogenetics are few. Here we report the nucleotide sequences of six complete Amana chloroplast (cp) genomes. The cp genomes of Amana range from 150,613 bp to 151,136 bp in length, all including a pair of inverted repeats (25,629-25,859 bp) separated by the large single-copy (81,482-82,218 bp) and small single-copy (17,366-17,465 bp) regions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407095/genetic-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-uk-african-ancestry-population-the-genra-case-control-study
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Matthew Traylor, Charles Curtis, Hamel Patel, Gerome Breen, Sang Hyuck Lee, Xiaohui Xu, Stephen Newhouse, Richard Dobson, Sophia Steer, Andrew P Cope, Hugh S Markus, Cathryn M Lewis, Ian C Scott
Objectives.: To evaluate whether genetic and environmental factors associated with RA in European and Asian ancestry populations are also associated with RA in African ancestry individuals. Methods.: A case-control study was undertaken in 197 RA cases and 868 controls of African ancestry (Black African, Black Caribbean or Black British ethnicity) from South London. Smoking and alcohol consumption data at RA diagnosis was captured. Genotyping was undertaken (Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles imputed...
April 12, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406102/strong-correlations-between-empathy-emotional-intelligence-and-personality-traits-among-podiatric-medical-students-a-cross-sectional-study
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Kurtis Bertram, John Randazzo, Nathaniel Alabi, Jack Levenson, John T Doucette, Peter Barbosa
BACKGROUND: The ability of health-care providers to demonstrate empathy toward their patients results in a number of positive outcomes improving the quality of care. In addition, a provider's level of emotional intelligence (EI) can further the doctor-patient relationship, stimulating a more personalized and comprehensive manner of treating patients. Furthermore, personality traits of a clinician may positively or negatively influence that relationship, as well as clinical outcomes. This study was designed to evaluate empathy levels in podiatric medical students in a 4-year doctoral program...
September 2016: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405866/ethnoveterinary-health-management-practices-using-medicinal-plants-in-south-asia-a-review
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Shanoo Suroowan, Faisal Javeed, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Mehwish Jamil Noor, Sadaf Kayani, Ali Javed, Mohamad Fawzi Mahomoodally
Animal rearing is the major occupation of most population of South Asian countries. Due to lack of resources and limited approach to modern medicine, most of the livestock raisers prefer to use plant-based traditional medicine also referred to as ethnoveterinary medicine (EVM). Indeed, the use of medicinal plants in South Asia dates back to several centuries with documented evidences. However, there is currently a dearth of documentation and compilation of use of medicinal plants for animal diseases in this part of the world...
April 12, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405152/association-between-cox-2-1195g-a-polymorphism-and-gastrointestinal-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Wei Zhang, Jun Li, Yu-Xing Jiang, Yu-Xiang Chen
AIM: To perform a meta-analysis to investigate the association between cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) -1195G>A gene polymorphism and gastrointestinal cancers. METHODS: Publications related to the COX-2 -1195G>A gene polymorphism and gastrointestinal cancers published before July 2016 were retrieved from PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, China Biological Medicine Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and CQVIP Database. Meta-analysis was performed using Stata11...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392464/anticancer-and-cancer-preventive-compounds-from-edible-marine-organisms
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Marta Correia-da-Silva, Emília Sousa, Madalena M M Pinto, Anake Kijjoa
A direct impact of food on health, which demonstrates that dietary habit is one of the most important determinants of chronic diseases such as cancers, has led to an increased interest of the consumers toward natural bioactive compounds as functional ingredients or nutraceuticals. Epidemiological studies revealed that the populations of many Asian countries with high consumption of fish and seafood have low prevalence of particular type of cancers such as lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers. This observation has led to extensive investigations of the benefits of compounds present in edible marine organisms such as fish, marine invertebrates (mollusks, echinoderms) and marine algae as cancer chemopreventive agents...
April 6, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390026/fabrication-of-highly-effective-mosquito-nanolarvicides-using-an-asian-plant-of-ethno-pharmacological-interest-priyangu-aglaia-elaeagnoidea-toxicity-on-non-target-mosquito-natural-enemies
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Giovanni Benelli, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Sengamalai Senthilmurugan, Periasamy Vijayan, Shine Kadaikunnan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Jamal M Khaled
Mosquitoes threaten the lives of humans, livestock, pets and wildlife around the globe, due to their ability to vector devastating diseases. Aglaia elaeagnoidea, commonly known as Priyangu, is widely employed in Asian traditional medicine and pest control. Medicinal activities include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anticancer, and anesthetic actions. Flavaglines, six cyclopenta[b]benzofurans, a cyclopenta[bc]benzopyran, a benzo[b]oxepine, and an aromatic butyrolactone showed antifungal properties, and aglaroxin A and rocaglamide were effective to control moth pests...
April 8, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389979/species-adulteration-in-the-herbal-trade-causes-consequences-and-mitigation
#17
REVIEW
Ramanujam Srirama, J U Santhosh Kumar, G S Seethapathy, Steven G Newmaster, S Ragupathy, K N Ganeshaiah, R Uma Shaanker, Gudasalamani Ravikanth
The global economy of the international trade of herbal products has been increasing by 15% annually, with the raw material for most herbal products being sourced from South and Southeast Asian countries. In India, of the 8000 species of medicinal plants harvested from the wild, approximately 960 are in the active trade. With increasing international trade in herbal medicinal products, there is also increasing concern about the widespread adulteration and species admixtures in the raw herbal trade. The adverse consequences of such species adulteration on the health and safety of consumers have only recently begun to be recognised and documented...
April 8, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389724/effectiveness-of-hip-external-rotator-strengthening-exercise-in-korean-postural-bowleg-women
#18
Seong Hoon Park, Jun Won Lee, Joo Hyun Kim, Kyoung Seok Tak, Byeong Ho Lee, In Suck Suh
Postural bowleg is a subclinical entity with both aesthetic and functional outcomes and appears to be common in East Asian countries. Internal rotation of the hip joint is associated with varus alignment at the knee joint of the bowleg. Strengthening exercise for the hip external rotator muscles seems to be effective in improving varus alignment of bowleg, but no standardized exercise program exists. A standardized active resistance strengthening exercise for hip external rotator muscles could improve varus alignment of the lower limb in bowlegged Korean women...
April 7, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388644/pangolin-distribution-and-conservation-status-in-bangladesh
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Scott J Trageser, Animesh Ghose, Muzaffar Faisal, Passing Mro, Poroy Mro, Shahriar Caesar Rahman
Asian pangolins are a highly-threatened species group, mainly due to the perceived medicinal value of their scales. Increased demand from China has resulted in pangolins being the most trafficked mammal in the world. Three pangolin species are reported to occur in Bangladesh: Manis pentadactyla, M. crassicaudata, and M. javanica. No peer-reviewed studies exist detailing these species' current distribution or status within Bangladesh. A literature review was conducted resulting in the clarification of conflicting reports and misidentified observations and specimen records...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385543/rosuvastatin-pharmacokinetics-in-asian-and-white-subjects-wild-type-for-both-oatp1b1-and-bcrp-under-control-and-inhibited-conditions
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Hsin-Fang Wu, Nadya Hristeva, Jae Chang, Xiaorong Liang, Ruina Li, Lynda Frassetto, Leslie Z Benet
The FDA recommends rosuvastatin dosage reductions in Asian patients because pharmacokinetic studies have demonstrated an approximate two-fold increase in median exposure to rosuvastatin in Asian subjects when compared to Caucasian controls. Yet, no explanation for this ethnic difference has been confirmed. Here we show that rosuvastatin exposure in Asians and Whites does not differ significantly when all subjects are wildtype carriers for both Solute Carrier Organic anion transporter1B1 *1a and ATP Binding Cassette Subfamily G Member 2 c...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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