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Cheryl Ann Green
Prayer is viewed in modern medicine as a complimentary alternative treatment. However, to many patients, it is a source of hope and comfort. Patients, when facing illness, advanced disease, disability or death, can benefit from prayer. For healthcare providers, comfort with praying with patients can be deemed as unprofessional conduct or blurred therapeutic boundaries, particularly, when prayer is offered to patients' unsolicited by the patient or their family member(s). Therefore, it is imperative that healthcare providers await the request of prayer by the patient before prayer is initiated...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Religion and Health
Ceren Aksoy, Feride Severcan
The effect of aging process on stem cell function is crucial because of their critical role in tissue regeneration and repair. The impact of aging on stem cells needs to be understood clearly for the success of clinical application and obtaining desired therapeutic outcome throughout the novel stem cell based therapies. The existing methods used to monitor and characterize the stem cells have some unwanted effects on the properties of stem cells and these methods also do not provide real-time information about cellular conditions...
February 21, 2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Rajanikanta Sahu, Tausif Ahmed, Ramchandra Sangana, Ravindra Punde, Bharat Bhusan Subudhi
Tinospora cordifolia (TC) has been used as a complimentary/alternative medicine against diabetes. Considering its potential to modulate metabolic enzymes, Tinospora cordifolia extract (TCE) may influence the metabolism of the antidiabeic drug Glibenclamide following co-administration. Accordingly, this work was undertaken to evaluate impact of TCE on fate of Glibenclamide. Activity of clinically important Cytochrome P450 isoenzymes were inhibited in the order of CYP2C9 > CYP2D6 > CYP2C19 > CYP1A2 > CYP3A4...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Krisda H Chaiyachati, Rebecca A Hubbard, Alyssa Yeager, Brian Mugo, Stephanie Lopez, Elizabeth Asch, Catherine Shi, Judy A Shea, Roy Rosin, David Grande
Importance: Transportation barriers contribute to missed primary care appointments for patients with Medicaid. Rideshare services have been proposed as alternatives to nonemergency medical transportation programs because of convenience and lower costs. Objective: To evaluate the association between rideshare-based medical transportation and missed primary care appointments among Medicaid patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: In a prospective clinical trial, 786 Medicaid beneficiaries who resided in West Philadelphia and were established primary care patients at 1 of 2 academic internal medicine practices located within the same building were included...
February 5, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Denise K Patten, Bob G Schultz, Daniel J Berlau
Chronic inflammatory diseases are complex to treat and have an impact on a large number of patients. Due to the difficulty of treating these diseases and the great impact on quality of life, patients often seek off-label, complimentary, or alternative medicines to gain relief from symptoms. Low-dose naltrexone has been used off-label for treatment of pain and inflammation in multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, and other diseases. Naltrexone is a mu-opioid receptor antagonist indicated by the Food and Drug Administration for opioid and alcohol dependence...
January 27, 2018: Pharmacotherapy
Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Evangelos K Oikonomou, Demetrios Moris, Dimitrios Schizas, Konstantinos P Economopoulos, Konstantinos S Mylonas
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD) constitutes the most prevalent and heterogeneous group of congenital anomalies. Although surgery remains the gold standard treatment modality, stem cell therapy has been gaining ground as a complimentary or alternative treatment option in certain types of CHD. The aim of this study was to present the existing published evidence and ongoing research efforts on the implementation of stem cell-based therapeutic strategies in CHD. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted by searching Medline, ClinicalTrials...
December 12, 2017: Circulation
T Notter, J M Coughlin, A Sawa, U Meyer
A great deal of interest in psychiatric research is currently centered upon the pathogenic role of inflammatory processes. Positron emission tomography (PET) using radiolabeled ligands selective for the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) has become the most widely used technique to assess putative neuroimmune abnormalities in vivo. Originally used to detect discrete neurotoxic damages, TSPO has generally turned into a biomarker of 'neuroinflammation' or 'microglial activation'. Psychiatric research has mostly accepted these denotations of TSPO, even if they may be inadequate and misleading under many pathological conditions...
January 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Dimos D Mitsikostas, Douglas S Goodin
Establishing the relative efficacy and safety of the different disease modifying therapies (DMTs) in multiple sclerosis (MS) is critical to the choice of agent that clinicians recommend for individual MS patients. The best evidence for the relative efficacy of the different DMTs comes from head-to-head randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Understanding that outcome-measures with the best established validity are the relapse rate and the actual (not the "confirmed") change in the extended disability status scale (EDSS), we conclude from these head-to-head RCTs that interferon-beta (IFNβ) given subcutaneously multiple times per week (either IFNβ-1b or IFNβ-1a) and glatiramer acetate (GA) are about equivalent in terms of efficacy and that both of these agents, as well as many of the other DMTs, are superior to weekly intramuscular IFNβ-1a...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Erhan Süleymanoğlu
Despite the significant efforts towards applying improved non-destructive and label-free measurements of biomolecular structures of lipid-based gene delivery vectors, little is achieved in terms of their structural relevance in gene transfections. Better understanding of structure-activity relationships of lipid-DNA complexes and their gene expression efficiencies thus becomes an essential issue. Raman scattering offers a complimentary measurement technique for following the structural transitions of both DNA and lipid vesicles employed for their transfer...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Florian Uteschil, Andriy Kuklya, Klaus Kerpen, Robert Marks, Ursula Telgheder
A laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) was used as a complimentary detection system for time-of-flight ion mobility spectrometry (TOF-IMS). A LIF detection system is potentially faster than a conventional electrometer detector and can provide additional (to usual for IMS drift time) analytical information, namely wavelength of fluorescence maxima and fluorescence lifetime. Therefore, better discrimination ability can be expected. Additionally, the combination of IMS and LIF operates at atmospheric pressure. This allows fluorescence measurements of specified ions and ion clusters, which would not survive in a mass spectrometer...
August 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Dan Jiang, Lily Li, Bai-Yun Zeng
Female infertility is when a woman of reproductive age and sexual active, without contraception, cannot get pregnant after a year and more or keeps having miscarriages. Although conventional treatments for infertility such as hormone therapy, in vitro fertilization and many more, helped many female patients with infertility get pregnant during past a few decades, it is far from satisfactory with prolonging treatment time frames and emotional and financial burden. In recent years, more patients with infertile problems are seeking to alternative and complementary medicines to achieve a better outcome...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
Ivette J Suárez-Arroyo, Yaliz Loperena-Alvarez, Raysa Rosario-Acevedo, Michelle M Martínez-Montemayor
For the past several decades, cancer patients in the U.S. have chosen the use of natural products as an alternative or complimentary medicine approach to treat or improve their quality of life via reduction or prevention of the side effects during or after cancer treatment. The genus Ganoderma includes about 80 species of mushrooms, of which several have been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine for their medicinal properties, including anticancer and immunoregulatory effects. Numerous bioactive compounds seem to be responsible for their healing effects...
March 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
T Lakshmipriya, T Soumya, P R Jayasree, P R Manish Kumar
Plants have proved to be an important source of anti-cancer drugs. Wrightia arborea, an Indian Ayurvedic medicinal plant, is used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments. This study evaluates the antiproliferative/apoptotic potential of Wrightia arborea leaf extracts, prepared in different organic solvents, on cancer cell lines. MTT assay, light and fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, DNA laddering, alkaline comet assay, and western blotting were some of the techniques used for evaluation. Combinations of camptothecin, either with CHK1 inhibitor-PD407824 or with W...
July 20, 2017: Protoplasma
Parameswari R, Kamini A Rao, K Mano, M Aruna, A S Vickram, M Rameshpathy, T B Sridharan
Complimentary or natural antioxidant type of alternative medicine is developed worldwide to treat male infertility. The aim of this study is to the extraction of T. arjuna bark and activity against human sperm DNA damage in asthenoteratospermic smoker's subjects-an in vitro study. All preliminary and antioxidant assays (DPPH, H2O2, and total antioxidant, reducing power activity) were done. T. arjuna bark metal analysis was done with AAS. On the other hand, patients were asked to fill a direct questionnaire about smoking history; 25 infertile smokers were identified as asthenoteratospermic; 34 fertile non-smokers (control) were assessed for semen parameters by CASA, seminal plasma Zinc analysis by AAS, DNA fragmentation by colorimetric method and semen genomic DNA damage inhibition by modified non-enzymatic salting out extraction method...
July 2017: 3 Biotech
Elvin D de Araujo, Pimyupa Manaswiyoungkul, Johan Israelian, Jisung Park, Karen Yuen, Shiva Farhangi, Angelika Berger-Becvar, Lubna Abu-Jazar, Patrick T Gunning
The development of STAT protein-specific inhibitors has been the focus of a number of drug discovery programs. STAT activation occurs through phosphorylation at the STAT SH2 domain, resulting in dimerization, translocation to the nucleus, and transcription of proliferative genes. Due to the functional significance of the SH2 domain in mediating multiple components of the STAT signalling cascade, many libraries of inhibitors have been designed to target the SH2 domain. This has triggered the requirement for effective high-throughput screening platforms for analyzing binding by larger chemical libraries to STAT proteins...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Ting Li, Xiuqiong Fu, Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Hui Guo, Kin Wah Lee, Bin Liu, Tao Su, Xueyu Wang, Zhiling Yu
A herbal formula (SL) comprising Sophorae Flos and Lonicerae Japonicae Flos was traditionally used to treat melanoma. Constitutively active signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been proposed as a therapeutic target in melanoma. Here we investigated whether an ethanolic extract of SL (SLE) exerted anti-melanoma activities by inhibiting STAT3 signaling. B16F10 allograft model, A375 and B16F10 cells were employed to assess the in vivo and in vitro anti-melanoma activities of SLE. A375 cells stably expressing STAT3C, a constitutively active STAT3 mutant, were used to determine the role of STAT3 signaling in SLE's anti-melanoma effects...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Denis Menshykau
The pharmaceutical industry is tackling increasingly complex multifactorial diseases, resulting in increases in research & development (R&D) costs and reductions in the success rates for drug candidates during Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, with a lack of efficacy being the primary reason for drug candidate failure. This implies that the predictive power of current preclinical assays for drug candidate efficacy is suboptimal and, therefore, that alternatives should be developed. Here, I review emerging in vitro, imaging, and in silico technologies and discuss their potential contribution to drug efficacy assessment...
May 22, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
Wathsala Wijesinghe, Senaka Pilapitiya, Priyani Hettiarchchi, Buddhika Wijerathne, Sisira Siribaddana
Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown aetiology is a significant public health problem in Sri Lanka. The final report by the WHO mission recommended regulation of herbal medicines containing aristolochic acid, which is an established nephrotoxin. The use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has a history of more than 2500 years in Sri Lanka. Aristolochia species are rarely used in Ayurveda and traditional medicine in Sri Lanka. Before regulating the analysis of herbal preparations using Aristolochia, collecting data from CAM practitioners regarding the use of Aristolochia is necessary...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
William Speier, Aniket Deshpande, Lucy Cui, Nand Chandravadia, Dustin Roberts, Nader Pouratian
The P300 Speller is a common brain-computer interface communication system. There are many parallel lines of research underway to overcome the system's low signal to noise ratio and thereby improve performance, including using famous face stimuli and integrating language information into the classifier. While both have been shown separately to provide significant improvements, the two methods have not yet been implemented together to demonstrate that the improvements are complimentary. The goal of this study is therefore twofold...
2017: PloS One
Clifford R Weiss, Anjaneya S Kathait
Obesity is a public health epidemic in the United States, which results in significant morbidity, mortality, and cost to the healthcare system. Despite advancements in traditional therapeutic options for the obese patients, there is a treatment gap for patients in whom lifestyle modifications alone have not been successful, but for whom bariatric surgery is not a suitable option. Areas covered: This treatment gap needs to be addressed and thus, complimentary or alternative treatments to lifestyle changes and surgery are urgently needed...
April 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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