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Taewoo Kim
This study examines the perceptual basis of diagnostic virtuosity in East Asian medicine, combining Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and an ethnographic investigation of Korean medicine in South Korea. A novice, being exposed to numerous clinical transactions during apprenticeship, organizes perceptual experience that occurs between him or herself and patients. In the process, the fledgling practitioner's body begins to set up a medically-tinged "intentionality" interconnecting his or her consciousness and medically significant qualities in patients...
October 21, 2016: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Oytip Nathalang, Puangpaka Panichrum, Kamphon Intharanut, Phatchira Thattanon, Siriporn Nathalang
Alloantibodies to the Diego (DI) blood group system, anti-Dia and anti-Dib are clinically significant in causing hemolytic transfusion reactions (HTRs) and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), especially in Asian populations with Mongolian ancestry. This study aimed to report the frequency of the DI*A and DI*B alleles in a Central Thai population and to compare them with those of other populations previously published. Altogether, 1,011 blood samples from unrelated healthy blood donors at the National Blood Centre, Thai Red Cross Society, Bangkok were included...
2016: PloS One
Ahmad H Ibrahim, Md Shamsuddin Sultan Khan, Sawsan S Al-Rawi, Aman Shah Bin Abdul Majid, Dan Ji, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid
Fermented Virgin Coconut Oil (FVCO) is widely used in the Southeast Asia as food and traditional medicine. The objective of the present study is the evaluation of chronic safety of the commercialized FVCO of Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. A single dose of 5000 mg/kg of FVCO was administered orally in rats (each group, n = 5) for the acute toxicity study and 175, 550 and 2000 mg/kg for sub-chronic and chronic studies (each group, n = 10), respectively. The behavior, mortality, and body weight of the rats were assessed to determine the toxic effects of FVCO...
October 15, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Qing-Chun Cai, Shu-Qi Zhao, Tong-Dong Shi, Hong Ren
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: We searched Embase, Grateful Med, Ovid, PubMed, and the China Biological Medicine Database. A meta-analysis was performed to assess whether HBV infection plays an independent impact on the development of CKD in the general population. Relative risks of CKD (defined as reduced glomerular filtration rate or proteinuria) according to HBsAg serologic status were studied...
October 18, 2016: Renal Failure
Kazuomi Kario
The essential benefit of the management of hypertension is derived from the blood pressure (BP) lowering per se, indicating the importance of BP throughout 24 hours. Recent guidelines stressed the importance of home BP for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. It is well-known that cardiovascular events occur more frequently in the morning BP levels have been shown to increase during the period from night to early morning. Clinical research using ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) or home BP monitoring has clarified that morning BP and BP surge are more closely related to the cardiovascular risk than office BP (Kario et al...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rajeev Gupta
High BP is the most important cause of mortality and disease burden globally as well as in South Asian region. Global Burden of Diseases Study has reported that in year 2013 high systolic BP globally led to 10.8 million deaths and 208.1 million DALYs and in South Asian countries led to 2.1 million deaths (19.4%) and 49.9 million DALYs (24.0%). Global Burden of Chronic Disease Risk Factors study has reported from years 1980 to 2008 that while mean BP declined in high income countries, it increased in South Asian countries...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pona Park, Hong-Ryul Jin
BACKGROUND: Warping remains a primary issue in the use of autologous costal cartilage for nasal augmentation. To mitigate such issues, diced cartilage in fascia (DCIF) has been proposed as an alternative for use in rhinoplasty. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of DCIF in nasal dorsal augmentation for Asian patients, with particular focus on the strengths and weaknesses of this material. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen patients who underwent major dorsal augmentation with DCIF during the last 2 years were retrospectively reviewed...
October 17, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Kangwook Lee, Sung-Gook Cho, Sang-Mi Woo, Ah Jeong Kim, Kang Min Lee, Ho Yeon Go, Seung-Ho Sun, Tae-Hun Kim, Ki-Yong Jung, You-Kyung Choi, Eun Mee Lim, Yun-Kyung Song, Jong-Hyeong Park, Chan-Yong Jun, Seong-Gyu Ko
Danggui-Sayuk-Ga-Osuyu-Senggang-Tang (DSGOST), one of the traditional Chinese medicines, has long been prescribed for patients suffering from Raynaud phenomenon (RP) in Northeast Asian countries, including China, Japan and Korea. Although a previous in vitro study from our laboratory revealed that DSGOST prevents cold (25˚C)‑induced RhoA activation and endothelin‑1 (ET‑1) production in endothelial cells (ECs), the mechanisms by which DSGOST is able to alleviate the symptoms of RP have yet to be fully elucidated...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Kamol Wattanakrai, Nattawut Chiemchaisri, Penpun Wattanakrai
BACKGROUND: Blepharoplasty is a common aesthetic surgery performed worldwide. In Asians, too high eyelid folds after blepharoplasty cause an unsatisfactory aesthetic outcome that is difficult to correct. In this article, the authors propose surgical techniques to correct the high eyelid fold after blepharoplasty. METHODS: During a 4-year period, 213 secondary blepharoplasties were performed to correct high folds. Postoperative results were reviewed, graded, and analyzed...
October 14, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Woo-Young Jeon, In-Sik Shin, Hyeun-Kyoo Shin, Seong Eun Jin, Mee-Young Lee
Gumiganghwal-tang is a traditional herbal prescription that is used widely for the treatment of the common cold and inflammatory diseases in Korea and other Asian countries. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of a Gumiganghwal-tang aqueous extract (GGTA) against airway inflammation and pulmonary fibrosis using a mouse model of chronic asthma. Chronic asthma was modeled in BALB/c mice via sensitization/challenge with an intraperitoneal injection of 1% ovalbumin (OVA) and inhalation of nebulized 1% OVA for 4 weeks...
2016: PloS One
Sarah Sallon, Yahav Dory, Yazeed Barghouti, Tsewang Tamdin, Rigzin Sangmo, Jamyang Tashi, Sonam Yangdon, Tenzin Yeshi, Tsetan Sadutshang, Michal Rotenburg, Elinor Cohen, Yehudit Harlavan, Galit Sharabi, Tali Bdolah-Abram
Mercury an important therapeutic substance in Tibetan Medicine undergoes complex "detoxification" prior to inclusion in multi-ingredient formulas. In an initial cross-sectional study, patients taking Tibetan Medicine for various conditions were evaluated for mercury toxicity. Two groups were identified: Group 1, patients taking " TSOTHEL: " the most important detoxified mercury preparation and Group 2, patients taking other mercury preparations or mercury free Tibetan Medicine. Atomic fluorescence spectrometry of Tibetan Medicine showed mercury consumption 130 µg/kg/day (Group 1) and 30 µg/kg/day (Group 2) (P ≤ 0...
October 13, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Sae-Rom Yoo, Yeji Kim, Mee-Young Lee, Ohn-Soon Kim, Chang-Seob Seo, Hyeun-Kyoo Shin, Soo-Jin Jeong
BACKGROUND: Gyeji-tang (GJT, Guizhi Tang in Chinese, Keishi-to in Japanese) is a traditional herbal decoction composed of 5 medicinal herbs. GJT has been used to treat the common cold, headaches, and fever in Asian countries including Korea, China, and Japan. In the present study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of a water extract of GJT on inflammatory response using the murine macrophage cell line, RAW 264.7. METHODS: RAW 264.7 macrophages were treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to upregulate inflammatory genes...
October 12, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hans Prakash Sathasivam, Sumairi Ismail, Abdul Rahim Ahmad, Nor Nazaliza Basri, Hartinie Muhamad, Nur Fazilah Mohd Tahir, Chee Lynn Saw, Nurshaline Hj Kipli, Shin Hin Lau
OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to obtain the clinicodemographic data regarding patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) treated at oral-maxillofacial medicine clinics, as there is a paucity of such information in the Asian setting. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective multicenter study involving clinicodemographic information of 320 patients with TN diagnosed between 2001 and 2012 at eight regional oral-maxillofacial medicine clinics and followed up for at least 6 months...
August 17, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Priyanka Pahwa, Rajesh Kumar Goel
Asparagus adscendens Roxb. commonly known as safed musli and belonging to the Liliaceae family is cultivated mainly in Asian countries. In traditional medicine, safed musli is recommended as nerve tonic and remedy for memory impairment. The present study was aimed to evaluate nootropic and antiamnesic activities of Asparagus adscendens extract (AAE) using in silico and in vivo approach. Phytoconstituents of A. adscendens root reported in literature were subjected to in silico prediction using PASS and Pharmaexpert...
October 4, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Wei Wei, Shaohua Shu, Wenjun Zhu, Ying Xiong, Fang Peng
Wolfiporia cocos is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees, and its dried sclerotium, known as Fuling in China, has been used as a traditional medicine in East Asian countries for centuries. Nearly 10% of the traditional Chinese medicinal preparations contain W. cocos. Currently, the commercial production of Fuling is limited because of the lack of pine-based substrate and paucity of knowledge about the sclerotial development of the fungus. Since protein kinase (PKs) play significant roles in the regulation of growth, development, reproduction, and environmental responses in filamentous fungi, the kinome of W...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jeong-Sun Seo, Arang Rhie, Junsoo Kim, Sangjin Lee, Min-Hwan Sohn, Chang-Uk Kim, Alex Hastie, Han Cao, Ji-Young Yun, Jihye Kim, Junho Kuk, Gun Hwa Park, Juhyeok Kim, Hanna Ryu, Jongbum Kim, Mira Roh, Jeonghun Baek, Michael W Hunkapiller, Jonas Korlach, Jong-Yeon Shin, Changhoon Kim
Advances in genome assembly and phasing provide an opportunity to investigate the diploid architecture of the human genome and reveal the full range of structural variation across population groups. Here we report the de novo assembly and haplotype phasing of the Korean individual AK1 (ref. 1) using single-molecule real-time sequencing, next-generation mapping, microfluidics-based linked reads, and bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) sequencing approaches. Single-molecule sequencing coupled with next-generation mapping generated a highly contiguous assembly, with a contig N50 size of 17...
October 5, 2016: Nature
Biswanath Dinda, Anthony M Kyriakopoulos, Subhajit Dinda, Vassilis Zoumpourlis, Nikolaos S Thomaidis, Aristea Velegraki, Charlambos Markopoulos, Manikarna Dinda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cornus mas L. (cornelian cherry) fruits have been used for centuries as traditional cuisine and folk medicine in various countries of Europe and Asia. In folk medicines, the fruits and other parts of the plant have been used for prevention and treatment of a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, fevers, rheumatic pain, skin and urinary tract infections, kidney and liver diseases, sunstroke, among others. This review provides a systematic and constructive overview of ethnomedicinal uses, chemical constituents and pharmacological activities of this plant as well as future research need for its commercial utilization as nutraceutical food supplement and medicine...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Fufang Ni, Sai Luo, Dongmei Yu, Yangdong Zhu, Yong Shang, Yida Chen, Haiqian Xu, Qing Wang, Lijun Hao
BACKGROUND: The presence of mild or moderate medial epicanthus is typical in Asian patients. Numerous epicanthoplasty techniques have been described previously. However, these methods usually leave obvious scars in the medial canthal area. The aim of this report is to introduce a novel epicanthoplasty technique and a concomitant double eyelidplasty which avoid leaving scars in the medial canthal region. METHODS: From July 2013 to July 2015, 252 patients received epicanthoplasty and concomitant double eyelidplasty with this new technique...
October 4, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
H Sadhna, R Harris, J L Miles-Chan, S Yves, M Jean-Pierre, J Noorjehan, A G Dulloo
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Global estimates of overweight and obesity prevalence are based upon the World Health Organisation (WHO) body mass index (BMI) cut-off values of 25 and 30 kg/m(2), respectively. To validate these BMI cut-offs for adiposity in the island population of Mauritius, we assessed the relationship between BMI and measured body fat mass in this population according to gender and ethnicity. METHODS: In 175 young adult Mauritians (age 20-42 years) belonging to the two main ethnic groups-Indians (South Asian descent) and Creoles (African/Malagasy descent), body weight, height and waist circumference (WC) were measured, total body fat assessed by Deuterium oxide (D2O) dilution, and trunk (abdominal) fat by segmental bioimpedance analysis...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Marian Bittner, Regina Schenk, Andreas Springer, Matthias F Melzig
INTRODUCTION: The medicinal plant Actaea racemosa L. (Ranunculaceae, aka black cohosh) is widely used to treat climacteric complaints as an alternative to hormone substitution. Recent trials prove efficacy and safety of the approved herbal medicinal products from extracts of pharmaceutical quality. This led to worldwide increasing sales. A higher demand for the plant material results in problems with economically motivated adulteration. Thus, reliable tools for herbal drug authentication are necessary...
November 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
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