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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244997/beliefs-and-determinants-of-use-of-traditional-complementary-alternative-medicine-in-pediatric-patients-who-undergo-treatment-for-cancer-in-south-america
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Valeria Rocha, Elena J Ladas, Meiko Lin, Walter Cacciavillano, Elizabeth Ginn, Kara M Kelly, Guillermo Chantada, Luis Castillo
Purpose The use of traditional complementary/alternative medicine (TCAM) among children with cancer has been well documented. South America has a rich history of traditional healers and medicinal resources; however, little is known about the use of TCAM among children with cancer. We sought to investigate patterns, beliefs, and determinants of TCAM use among South American children with cancer. Methods A cross-sectional survey was administered to 199 children treated for cancer at institutions located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244995/proceedings-of-the-strategy-meeting-for-the-development-of-an-international-consortium-for-chinese-medicine-and-cancer
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Jeffrey D White, Hongsheng Lin, Libin Jia, Roy S Wu, Stephen Lam, Jie Li, Jinhui Dou, Nagi Kumar, Lizhu Lin, Lixing Lao
On November 3, 2014, in Bethesda, MD, the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Cancer Institute held a meeting to examine the potential utility and feasibility of establishing an international consortium for Chinese medicine and cancer. There is significant interest in the West in using components of Chinese medicine (CM) -such as botanicals and herbal medicines, acupuncture and acupressure, and qigong-in the field of oncology, as potential anticancer agents, for symptom management, and to improve quality of life...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244862/application-of-system-dynamics-and-participatory-spatial-group-model-building-in-animal-health-a-case-study-of-east-coast-fever-interventions-in-lundazi-and-monze-districts-of-zambia
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Chisoni Mumba, Eystein Skjerve, Magda Rich, Karl M Rich
East Coast Fever (ECF) is the most economically important production disease among traditional beef cattle farmers in Zambia. Despite the disease control efforts by the government, donors, and farmers, ECF cases are increasing. Why does ECF oscillate over time? Can alternative approaches such as systems thinking contribute solutions to the complex ECF problem, avoid unintended consequences, and achieve sustainable results? To answer these research questions and inform the design and implementation of ECF interventions, we qualitatively investigated the influence of dynamic socio-economic, cultural, and ecological factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244491/surface-cluster-catalyst-for-n2-to-nh3-thermal-conversion
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Xue-Lu Ma, Jin-Cheng Liu, Hai Xiao, Jun Li
The ammonia synthesis from N2 is of vital importance, with imitating biological nitrogen fixation attracted much interest. Herein, we investigate the catalytic mechanisms of N2-to-NH3 thermal conversion on the singly dispersed bimetallic catalyst Rh1Co3/CoO(011), and find that the preferred pathway is an associative mechanism analogous to the biological process, in which alternating hydrogenations of the N2 occur, with H2 activation on both metal sites. We propose that the singly dispersed bimetallic M1An catalyst, in which the doped metal atom M substitutes an oxygen atom on the oxide surface of metal A, serves as a new surface single-cluster catalyst (SCC) design platform for the biomimetic N2-to-NH3 thermal conversion...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239871/integrative-medicine-as-an-adjunct-to-orthopaedic-surgery
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James R Ficke, Nathan M Moroski, Steven D Ross, Ranjan Gupta
Patients often seek nontraditional forms of treatment, including alternative/complementary medical options, such as chiropractic care and acupuncture, to meet their personal needs. In the United States, interest has grown in methods to reduce pain and improve function through Ayurvedic medicine, which uses plant-based supplements, such as turmeric. Traditional allopathic medicine attempts to provide patients with evidence-based therapeutic regimens for their musculoskeletal conditions. Integrative medicine often is used to prevent and manage the sequelae associated with injuries and illnesses; however, competitive athletes and military personnel use complementary medicine for performance enhancement...
December 11, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237571/identification-of-genes-related-to-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-through-rwr-algorithm-based-on-protein-protein-interaction-network
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Jian Zhang, Yan Suo, Min Liu, Xun Xu
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) is one of the most common complications of diabetes and can lead to blindness. Proteomic studies have provided insight into the pathogenesis of PDR and a series of PDR-related genes has been identified but are far from fully characterized because the experimental methods are expensive and time consuming. In our previous study, we successfully identified 35 candidate PDR-related genes through the shortest-path algorithm. In the current study, we developed a computational method using the random walk with restart (RWR) algorithm and the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network to identify potential PDR-related genes...
December 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237450/adding-chinese-herbal-medicine-to-conventional-therapy-brings-cognitive-benefits-to-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a-retrospective-analysis
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Jing Shi, Jingnian Ni, Tao Lu, Xuekai Zhang, Mingqing Wei, Ting Li, Weiwei Liu, Yongyan Wang, Yuanyuan Shi, Jinzhou Tian
BACKGROUND: Conventional therapy (CT) such as donepezil and memantine are well-known short-term treatments for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The efficacy of them, however, drops below baseline level after 9 months. In China, herbal therapy as a complementary therapy is very popular. Should conventional therapy combined with herbal therapy (CT + H) make add-on benefit? METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, 344 outpatients diagnosed as probable dementia due to AD were collected, with the treatment of either CT + H or CT alone in clinical settings...
December 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237332/traditional-complementary-and-alternative-medical-cures-for-hiv-rationale-and-implications-for-hiv-cure-research
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Xin Pan, Alice Zhang, Gail E Henderson, Stuart Rennie, Chuncheng Liu, Weiping Cai, Feng Wu, Joseph D Tucker
Traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine (TCAM) has been used by some people living with HIV (PLHIV) in an attempt to cure HIV. This article reviews the main factors influencing their decision to choose TCAM to cure HIV and discusses implications for HIV cure research. Those who decide to pursue traditional, complementary, and alternative medical cures may be influenced by the health system, cultural, and social dynamics, and their own individual beliefs and preferences. These same factors may impact participation in HIV cure research...
December 13, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234398/review-on-research-about-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-cancer-stem-cell
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REVIEW
Yaohan Wang, Li Feng, Bingkui Piao, Peitong Zhang
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are small subpopulations of neoplastic cells within a tumor, which have self-renewal and differentiation abilities and could generate new tumors with few cells. Researches have showed that CSCs are considered the most likely reason for cancer recurrence and metastasis. Accumulating evidences have showed that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has significant effect on CSCs. It could inhibit the proliferation, self-renew, and multidifferentiation of CSCs. We aimed to summarize the theories of CSCs in TCM, the inhibitory effect, and the pathway on CSCs of TCM...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234341/assuring-potato-tuber-quality-during-storage-a-future-perspective
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M C Alamar, Roberta Tosetti, Sandra Landahl, Antonio Bermejo, Leon A Terry
Potatoes represent an important staple food crop across the planet. Yet, to maintain tuber quality and extend availability, there is a necessity to store tubers for long periods often using industrial-scale facilities. In this context, preserving potato quality is pivotal for the seed, fresh and processing sectors. The industry has always innovated and invested in improved post-harvest storage. However, the pace of technological change has and will continue to increase. For instance, more stringent legislation and changing consumer attitudes have driven renewed interest in creating alternative or complementary post-harvest treatments to traditional chemically reliant sprout suppression and disease control...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234182/interleukin-10-and-interferon-%C3%AE-levels-in-patients-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-treated-with-cryotherapy
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Farhad Handjani, Saeed Reza Yousef, Nasrin Saki, Nasrin Hamidizadeh
Pentavalent antimonials, as the 1st choice for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), have various side effects. Also, there are some reports of drug resistance. Due to its safety, cryotherapy can be a good alternative or complementary treatment in CL. The aim of this study was to explore the possible systemic immunological mechanisms of cryotherapy besides its local effects in the treatment of CL. Twenty patients with CL were selected. The disease was confirmed via a direct smear. A venous blood sample was collected to determine IL-10 and IFN-γ levels before starting cryotherapy...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233423/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-education-in-u-s-schools-and-colleges-of-pharmacy
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Alice Scaletta, Nishi Ghelani, Subin Sunny
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this survey is to provide an update on the state of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) education and describe instructional and assessment methods across schools and colleges of pharmacy. METHODS: One hundred thirty-five schools of pharmacy were contacted to participate in a survey describing the incorporation of CAM education into their respective curricula. The survey also inquired about perceived barriers and future plans for CAM-related courses...
July 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233275/change-in-self-assessed-comfort-level-of-first-year-pharmacy-students-as-an-alternative-approach-to-measure-teaching-effectiveness-and-learning-outcomes
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Peter Oelschlaeger
INTRODUCTION: Objective measures for assessing teaching effectiveness and learning outcomes in the pharmacy curriculum are needed for improving quality of instruction and faculty development. The purpose of this article is to introduce a new teaching assessment method that focuses on self-assessed change in student comfort with the topics taught rather than evaluation of the instructor and to evaluate its performance in comparison to conventional student evaluations of teaching (SET)...
May 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231955/musicians-are-high-consumers-of-complementary-and-alternative-healthcare-services-the-norwegian-musicians-health-project
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Jonas Vaag, Ottar Bjerkeset
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the use of analgesic medication and manual and alternative healthcare services among Norwegian musicians compared to the general workforce. METHODS: 1,607 musicians from the Norwegian Musicians' Union answered an online questionnaire about demographic characteristics, use of healthcare services, and use of medication. They were compared to a sample of the Norwegian workforce (n=2,610) from the Norwegian survey of level of living. Based on logistic regression analysis, adjusting for age, sex and education, we compared the self-reported use of different forms of healthcare services and medication in musicians to the general workforce...
December 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230550/-acupuncture-covered-by-statutory-health-insurance-in-germany-an-observational-study-based-on-claims-data
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L Hickstein, S Kiel, C Raus, S Heß, J Walker, J-F Chenot
BACKGROUND: The coverage for acupuncture for chronic lower back or knee pain by the statutory health insurance was introduced in 2007. The aim of this study was to investigate characteristics of patients and providers of acupuncture and temporal and regional trends in the utilization of acupuncture. METHODS: This retrospective observational study used anonymized statutory health insurance claims data from a sample of roughly four million subjects. The sample is representative of the German population regarding age and gender in 2013...
December 11, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228650/ultrasensitive-plasma-ctdna-kras-assay-for-detection-prognosis-and-assessment-of-therapeutic-response-in-patients-with-unresectable-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Inna Chen, Victoria M Raymond, Jennifer A Geis, Eric A Collisson, Benny V Jensen, Kirstine L Hermann, Mark G Erlander, Margaret Tempero, Julia S Johansen
Precision oncology requires sensitive and specific clinical biomarkers. Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) is widely used in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) but lacks sensitivity and specificity. Nearly all PDAs harbor somatic KRAS mutations, nominating circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) KRAS as an alternative disease biomarker, however, variable clinical performance has limited its clinical utility. We applied an ultrasensitive, PCR mutation enrichment, next generation sequencing ctDNA KRAS assay in a large cohort of patients with unresectable PDA (N = 189) recruited to the BIOPAC study between 2008-2015...
November 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227277/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-georgia
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I Nadareishvili, K Lunze, N Tabagari, A Beraia, G Pkhakadze
In Georgia, like in most countries globally, people commonly resort to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, not much is known about CAM practices there. The aim of the study was to document common practices of CAM in Georgia and related patient attitudes. We collected data from peoples who commonly use CAM at 20 service provision centers in Georgia using cluster sampling from 300 patients. We admininstered a cross-sectional survey and conducted descriptive statistical analyses. People in Georgia use CAM either for prevention to improve general health (33%) or to treat chronic conditions (36%), spending about 25 Euros per month out of pocket...
November 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225453/a-comparison-of-methods-for-uncovering-sample-heterogeneity-structural-equation-model-trees-and-finite-mixture-models
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Ross Jacobucci, Kevin J Grimm, John J McArdle
Although finite mixture models have received considerable attention, particularly in the social and behavioral sciences, an alternative method for creating homogeneous groups, structural equation model trees (Brandmaier, von Oertzen, McArdle, & Lindenberger, 2013), is a recent development that has received much less application and consideration. It is our aim to compare and contrast these methods for uncovering sample heterogeneity. We illustrate the use of these methods with longitudinal reading achievement data collected as part of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort...
2017: Structural Equation Modeling: a Multidisciplinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223449/anti-hsv-2-activity-of-peganum-harmala-l-and-isolation-of-the-active-compound
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Roudaina Benzekri, Lamjed Bouslama, Adele Papetti, Majdi Hammami, Abderrazak Smaoui, Ferid Limam
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Nucleoside analogues such as acyclovir (ACV) are the usual therapy for treating HSV infection. However, the overuse of this drug has led to the emergence of resistant strains. Therefore, the search for new alternative or complementary molecules to overcome this obstacle is needed. In this objective, Peganum harmala was investigated for its HSV-2 activity. The organic extracts of the different plant organs were evaluated for their cytotoxicity on Vero cells by the MTT test and anti HSV-2 activity by plaque reduction assay...
December 6, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222161/detection-of-proteome-diversity-resulted-from-alternative-splicing-is-limited-by-trypsin-cleavage-specificity
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Xiaojing Wang, Simona G Codreanu, Bo Wen, Kai Li, Matthew Chambers, Daniel C Liebler, Bing Zhang
Alternative splicing dramatically increases transcriptome complexity but its contribution to proteome diversity remains controversial. Exon-exon junction spanning peptides provide direct evidence for the translation of specific splice isoforms and are critical for delineating protein isoform complexity. Here we found that junction-spanning peptides are underrepresented in publicly available mass spectrometry-based shotgun proteomics data sets. Further analysis showed that evolutionarily conserved preferential nucleotide usage at exon boundaries increases the occurrence of lysine- and arginine-coding triplets at the end of exons...
December 8, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
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