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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166131/traditional-chinese-medicine-physicians-insights-into-interprofessional-tensions-between-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-biomedicine-a-critical-perspective
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Leanne Chang, Jing Ci Jill Lim
In Singapore, the institutional preference for biomedicine and the cultural importance of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have created tensions between the two medical systems and erected barriers to a more collaborative health-care system. This study foregrounds TCM physicians' voice to reveal ideological struggles and power imbalances that underlie the interprofessional tensions and accompanying marginalization of TCM. Through in-depth interviews with 22 TCM physicians in Singapore, this study reveals the incongruences in ideological underpinnings between biomedicine and TCM, reflected in their different worldviews and epistemological approaches to knowledge formation and evaluation...
November 22, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165123/prevalence-and-risk-factors-associated-with-hypertension-and-prehypertension-in-a-working-population-at-high-altitude-in-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yang Shen, Chun Chang, Jingru Zhang, Ying Jiang, Bingying Ni, Yanling Wang
BACKGROUND: Little information is available on the epidemiology of hypertension and prehypertension at high altitude in China, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of hypertension, prehypertension and their risk factors among Chinese working population at high altitude regions. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was performed in an occupational sample of 4198 employees aged 20-59 years on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau between May to July 2013. Information from a self-administered questionnaire, physical examinations and laboratory measurements were obtained from each participant...
April 4, 2017: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164821/cytotoxic-triterpenoids-from-roots-of-actinidia-chinensis
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Liu-Bin Wei, Si-Yuan Ma, Hong-Xing Liu, Chu-Sheng Huang, Na Liao
Phytochmical investigation of roots of Actinidia chinensis PLANCH led to the isolation triterpenoids 1 - 16, including a new compound 2α,3α,23,24-tetrahydroxyurs-12,20(30)-dien-28-oic acid (1). Their structures were identified on the basis of spectroscopic analysis, including 1D- and 2D-NMR, HR-ESI mass spectrometry, and by comparison with the literatures. The cytotoxicities of triterpenoids 1 - 16 against a panel of cultured human cancer cell lines (HepG2, A549, MCF-7, SK-OV-3, and HeLa) were evaluated. The new compound 1 exhibited moderate antitumor activities with IC50 values of 19...
November 21, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163845/improved-medical-expenditure-and-survival-with-integration-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-treatment-in-patients-with-heart-failure-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Ming-Yen Tsai, Wen-Long Hu, Jen-Huai Chiang, Yu-Chuen Huang, Shih-Yu Chen, Yu-Chiang Hung, Yung-Hsiang Chen
Background: No previous studies have evaluated the effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment on patients with heart failure (HF). Hence, in this study, we determined whether TCM treatment affects the healthcare burden and survival of HF patients. Methods: Samples were retrieved from the registry of catastrophic illness patients of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Based on a frequency (1:1) matched case-control design, patients with HF between 2000 and 2010 were designated as cases (TCM users) and controls (non-TCM users)...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163703/the-downregulation-of-c-myc-and-its-target-gene-htert-is-associated-with-the-antiproliferative-effects-of-baicalin-on-hl-60-cells
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Xia Ren, Zhiyong Zhang, Jing Tian, Hengxiao Wang, Guanhua Song, Qiang Guo, Jing Tian, Yang Han, Qiong Liao, Guoqiang Liu, Huifang Ding, Guosheng Jiang
Baicalin is a flavonoid compound isolated from Scutellaria baicalensis, a Chinese traditional medicinal herb, and is used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anxiolytic and hepatoprotective drug. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that baicalin exhibits potent antitumor properties by suppressing cell growth, arresting cell cycle progression and inducing differentiation or apoptosis in leukemia cell lines. However, whether or not the extrinsic pathway is involved in baicalin-induced apoptosis of leukemia cells and the mechanisms underlying the antitumor activity of baicalin remain unclear...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163181/shengfu-oil-enhances-the-healing-of-full-thickness-scalded-skin-accompanying-the-differential-regulation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-dlk1-and-cox-2
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Man-Tang Chen, Yan-Jing Yang, Yu-Sang Li, Xiao-Jun Li, Wei K Zhang, Jin-Ping Wang, Xu Wang, Gui-Hua Tian, He-Bin Tang
Shengfu oil is a traditional Chinese medicine formula containing 16 ingredients, including Scutellariae radix, Olibanum, and Rehmanniae radix. In this study, we aimed to enhance the wound healing of rabbit full-thickness scalded skin by Shengfu oil and to elucidate its regulatory effects on β-catenin, Dlk1, and COX-2. We found that Shengfu oil exhibited significant anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial activities. The structure of wound tissues in Shengfu oil group was intact, including regenerated cutaneous appendages, indicating better healing capability of Shengfu oil compared to the controls...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163163/guanxin-danshen-formulation-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-induced-left-ventricular-remodeling-by-upregulating-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE
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Xuehong Deng, Xiaoyan Xing, Guibo Sun, Xudong Xu, Haifeng Wu, Guang Li, Xiaobo Sun
Background: Guanxin Danshen formulation (GXDSF) is a traditional Chinese herbal recipe recorded in the Chinese Pharmacopeia since 1995 edition, which consists of Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix et Rhizoma, Notoginseng Radix et Rhizoma and Dalbergiae odoriferae Lignum. Our previous research suggested GXDSF had positive effect on cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the effects of GXDSF on myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury-induced left ventricular remodelling (MIRI-LVR). Methods: The effects of GXDSF on cardiac function were detected by haemodynamics and echocardiograms...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163161/inhibition-of-mir-128-3p-by-tongxinluo-protects-human-cardiomyocytes-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-upregulation-of-p70s6k1-p-p70s6k1
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Gui-Hao Chen, Chuan-Sheng Xu, Jie Zhang, Qing Li, He-He Cui, Xiang-Dong Li, Li-Ping Chang, Rui-Jie Tang, Jun-Yan Xu, Xia-Qiu Tian, Pei-Sen Huang, Jun Xu, Chen Jin, Yue-Jin Yang
Background and Aims: Tongxinluo (TXL) is a multifunctional traditional Chinese medicine that has been widely used to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, no studies have explored whether TXL can protect human cardiomyocytes (HCMs) from ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Reperfusion Injury Salvage Kinase (RISK) pathway activation was previously demonstrated to protect the hearts against I/R injury and it is generally activated via Akt or (and) Erk 1/2, and their common downstream protein, ribosomal protein S6 kinase (p70s6k)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162769/-chinese-journal-of-nuclear-medicine-and-molecular-imaging-volume-37-number-10-october-25-2017
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2017: Kaku Igaku. the Japanese Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162476/prevention-and-treatment-of-respiratory-viral-infections-presentations-on-antivirals-traditional-therapies-and-host-directed-interventions-at-the-5th-isirv-antiviral-group-conference
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Jennifer L McKimm-Breschkin, Shibo Jiang, David S Hui, John H Beigel, Elena A Govorkova, Nelson Lee
The International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases held its 5th Antiviral Group (isirv-AVG) Conference in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with the Shanghai Public Health Center and Fudan University from 14-16 June, 2017. The three-day programme encompassed presentations on some of the clinical features, management, immune responses and virology of respiratory infections, including influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H7N9) viruses, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, adenovirus Type 80, enterovirus D68, metapneumovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)...
November 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159556/effects-of-arsenic-trioxide-on-inf-gamma-gene-expression-in-mrl-lpr-mice-and-human-lupus
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Hongye Hu, Enjiu Chen, Yongji Li, Xiaochun Zhu, Ting Zhang, Xiaofang Zhu
Arsenic trioxide (As2O3; ATO), a traditional Chinese medicine, is used to treat patients with acute promye-locytic leukemia, while its application for treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is still under evaluation. The high expression of INF-gamma (INF-γ) is a primary pathogenic factor in SLE. It is found that ATO can reduce INF-γ expression levels in lupus-prone mice, whereas it is not clear whether ATO has the same effect on SLE patients. Therefore, this study was to investigate the underlying mechanism of the effects of ATO on the expression of INF-γ in splenocytes of MRL/lpr mice and PBMCs of human lupus...
November 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159429/phenolic-constituents-from-alisma-plantago-aquatica-linnaeus-and-their-anti-chronic-prostatitis-activity
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Ya-Sheng Huang, Qi-Qi Yu, Yin Chen, Min-Jie Cheng, Li-Ping Xie
BACKGROUND: The plant Alisma plantago-aquatica Linnaeus, which is widely distributed in southwest of China, is the main material of traditional Chinese medicine "Zexie". It was used as folk medicine for immune-modulation, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Previous chemical studies on A. plantago-aquatica reported the identification of triterpenes, diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, steroids, alkaloids and phenolic acid. Terpenes and phenolic acid were regard as major secondary metabolites from this medicine plant...
November 21, 2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159177/effectiveness-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-combined-with-antibiotics-for-extensively-drug-resistant-enterobacteria-and-nonfermentative-bacteria-infection-real-life-experience-in-a-retrospective-cohort
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Yangping Cai, Qing Zhang, Yuefeng Fu, Li Li, Ning Zhao, Aiping Lu, Qingquan Liu, Miao Jiang
Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) have been successfully used in the treatment of infectious diseases, yet the effectiveness of CHMs for extensively drug-resistant enterobacteria (XDRE) infection remains unclear. Herein we developed a retrospective multicenter study including 766 patients with XDRE and nonfermentative bacteria (NFB) infection to investigate the effectiveness of CHMs combined with antibiotics in the treatment of XDRE infections in clinical daily practice in a cohort of patients and compared the regular antibiotics monotherapy...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159022/chinese-herbal-medicine-compound-yi-zhi-hao-pellet-inhibits-replication-of-influenza-virus-infection-through-activation-of-heme-oxygenase-1
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Jinqiu Yin, Linlin Ma, Huiqiang Wang, Haiyan Yan, Jin Hu, Wen Jiang, Yuhuan Li
As a leading cause of respiratory disease, influenza A virus (IAV) presents a pandemic threat in annual seasonal outbreaks. Given the limitation of existing anti-influenza therapies, there remains to be a requirement for new drugs. Compound Yi-Zhi-Hao pellet (CYZH) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used in the clinic, whose formula has been recorded in Complication of National Standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat common cold. In this study, we found that CYZH exhibited a broad-spectrum anti-influenza activity and inhibited the expression of viral RNA and proteins in vitro...
November 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158049/down-regulation-of-pro-inflammatory-pathways-by-tanshinone-iia-and-cryptotanshinone-in-a-non-genetic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Francesco Maione, Marialuisa Piccolo, Simona De Vita, Maria Giovanna Chini, Claudia Cristiano, Carmen De Caro, Pellegrino Lippiello, Maria Concetta Miniaci, Rita Santamaria, Carlo Irace, Vincenzo De Feo, Antonio Calignano, Nicola Mascolo, Giuseppe Bifulco
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common form of dementia mainly characterized by the deposition of neurofibrillary tangles and β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides in the brain. Additionally, increasing evidence demonstrates that a neuro-inflammatory state plays a key role in the development of this disease. Beside synthetic drugs, the use of natural compounds represents an alternative for the development of new potential drugs for the treatment of AD. Among these, the root of Salvia miltiorhiza Bunge (also known as Danshen) used for the treatment of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular disease and CNS functional decline in Chinese traditional medicine is one of the most representative examples...
November 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157913/evaluation-of-optimum-conditions-for-achyranthes-bidentata-polysaccharides-encapsulated-in-cubosomes-and-immunological-activity-in-vitro
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Ning Ou, Yaqing Sun, Shuzhen Zhou, Pengfei Gu, Zhengguang Liu, Ruonan Bo, Yuanlaing Hu, Jiaguo Liu, Deyun Wang
Cubosomes, as biocompatible carriers in drug delivery systems, consist of curved bicontinuous lipid bilayers. With a honeycombed structure divided into two internal aqueous channels, cubosomes could be used for many bioactive ingredients. Achyranthes bidentata polysaccharides (ABPs) are isolated from the roots of Achyranthes bidentata, used in Chinese herbal medicine, and present a noticeable effect as an immunomodulator. This study investigates the optimal preparation of combined cubosome-ABP (Cub-ABP) nanoparticles using response surface methodology and explores their characteristics and stability...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157895/a-novel-homozygous-mutation-in-the-fshr-gene-is-causative-for-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Hongli Liu, Xiaofei Xu, Ting Han, Lei Yan, Lei Cheng, Yingying Qin, Wen Liu, Shidou Zhao, Zi-Jiang Chen
OBJECTIVE: To identify the potential FSHR mutation in a Chinese woman with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). DESIGN: Genetic and functional studies. SETTING: University-based reproductive medicine center. PATIENT(S): A POI patient, her family members, and another 192 control women with regular menstruation. INTERVENTION(S): Ovarian biopsy was performed in the patient. Sanger sequencing was carried out for the patient, her sister, and parents...
November 18, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157825/1-6-di-o-caffeoyl-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranoside-a-natural-compound-from-callicarpa-nudiflora-hook-impairs-p2y12-and-thromboxane-a2-receptor-mediated-amplification-of-platelet-activation-and-aggregation
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Jianjiang Fu, Xiaocui Zhu, Wei Wang, Hong Lu, Zhoumiao Zhang, Ting Liu, Huanjun Xu, Huizheng Fu, Shuangcheng Ma, Yuehua Luo
BACKGROUND: Platelet activation and subsequent accumulation at sites of vascular injury perform a central role in thrombus formation, which is believed to be the trigger of several cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and strokes. In this sense, the search for agents that are capable of blocking platelets aggregation has important implications for these diseases. Callicarpa nudiflora (C. nudiflora) Hook is a traditional Chinese medicine herb for eliminating stasis to subdue swelling and hemostasis...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157819/pro-angiogenic-effects-of-ilexsaponin-a1-on-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-in-vitro-and-zebrafish-in-vivo
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Jingjing Li, Jinming Zhang, Liang Zou, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Cui Yang, Sai-Wang Seto, George Pak-Heng Leung
BACKGROUND: Ilexsaponin A1 is the major bioactive ingredient of Ilex pubescens Hook. et Arn. This plant has been conventionally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases including stroke, coronary arterial disease, and peripheral vascular diseases. PURPOSE: To investigate the pro-angiogenic effect of Ilexsaponin A1 and its mechanism of action. STUDY DESIGN: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and transgenic zebrafish Tg(fli1:EGFP) were employed as an in vitro and in vivo model respectively...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157818/biological-characteristics-bioactive-components-and-antineoplastic-properties-of-sporoderm-broken-spores-from-wild-cordyceps-cicadae
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Yanfang Sun, Michael Wink, Pan Wang, Hongfei Lu, Hongxin Zhao, Hongtao Liu, Shixian Wang, Yang Sun, Zongsuo Liang
BACKGROUND: Cordyceps cicadae, an entomogenous fungus has been used as a dietary therapeutic in traditional Chinese medicine for several millennia, in the form of powders and decoction. However, wild C. cicadae is notably scarce. To date, there is still a lack of comprehensive and deep studies on the biological characteristics, chemical profiles and antineoplastic mechanisms of C. cicadae, especially its spores. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to identify wild C...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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