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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764430/drug-prescribing-during-pregnancy-in-a-central-region-of-italy-2008-2012
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Martina Ventura, Alice Maraschini, Paola D'Aloja, Ursula Kirchmayer, Ilaria Lega, Marina Davoli, Serena Donati
BACKGROUND: Drug consumption during pregnancy is a matter of concern, especially regarding drugs known or suspected to be teratogens. Little is known about drug use in pregnant women in Italy. The present study is aimed at examining the prevalence, and to detect potential inappropriateness of drug prescribing among pregnant women in Latium, a region of central Italy. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on a cohort of women aged 18-45 years who delivered between 2008 and 2012 in public hospitals...
May 15, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763447/hepatitis-b-and-c-seroprevalence-knowledge-practice-and-associated-factors-among-medicine-and-health-science-students-in-northeast-ethiopia
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Wondmagegn Demsiss, Abdurahaman Seid, Temesgen Fiseha
BACKGROUND: Health care professionals, especially medical students, are at greater risk of contracting hepatitis B and C virus infections due to their occupational exposure to percutaneous injuries and other body fluids. The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C virus infections among medicine and health science students in Northeast Ethiopia and to assess their knowledge and practice towards the occupational risk of viral hepatitis. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among a total of 408 medicine and health science students during the period from March to September 2017...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757991/a-review-the-bioactivities-and-pharmacological-applications-of-polygonatum-sibiricum-polysaccharides
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REVIEW
Xiaowei Cui, Shiyuan Wang, Hui Cao, Hong Guo, Yujuan Li, Fangxue Xu, Mengmeng Zheng, Xiaozhi Xi, Chunchao Han
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been widely used in China and is regarded as the most important therapeutic. Polygonatum sibiricum (PS), a natural plant used in traditional Chinese medicine, has various functions associated with a number of its components. There are many compositions in PS including polysaccharides, steroids, anthraquinone, alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, lignin, vitamins, various acids, and so on. Of these, polysaccharides play a significant role in PS-based therapeutics. This article summarizes Polygonatum sibiricum polysaccharides (PSP) have many pharmacological applications and biological activities, such as their antioxidant activity, anti-aging activity, an anti-fatigue effect, immunity enhancement effect, antibacterial effect, anti-inflammatory effect, hypolipidemic and antiatherosclerotic effects, anti-osteoporosis effect, liver protection, treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM), anti-cancer effect, and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, and so on...
May 14, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757135/a-nationwide-retrospective-study-on-prevalence-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-italian-blood-donors
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Enea Spada, Simonetta Pupella, Giulio Pisani, Roberto Bruni, Paola Chionne, Elisabetta Madonna, Umbertina Villano, Matteo Simeoni, Sara Fabi, Giuseppe Marano, Cinzia Marcantonio, Patrizio Pezzotti, Anna R Ciccaglione, Giancarlo M Liumbruno
BACKGROUND: In Europe, hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is mainly a food-borne zoonosis, but it can also be transmitted by blood transfusion. It is usually a mild and self-limited infection. However, immunocompromised persons, who are also those more likely to undergo blood transfusions, may develop chronic hepatitis and often cirrhosis. Since this is a potential threat to blood safety, we aimed to investigate HEV prevalence in Italian blood donors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used plasma donations collected during 2015-2016 by blood services (BS) scattered throughout the Italian regions and intended for the production of plasma-derived medicines...
May 4, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751698/-pharmacological-effect-of-schisandrae-chinensis-fructus-and-relative-active-components-on-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-diseases
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Min-Yu Zhang, Hong-Wei Wu, Li-Ping Xu, Hong-Jun Yang
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases (CCDs) are the primary causes of death in Chinese adults. With the increase in morbidity and mortality rates and the decrease in the age of onset, CCD becomes a very natural target for traditional Chinese medicine. Schisandrae Chinensis Fructus (SCF) is the dry ripe fruit of Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill., which features a sweet and sour taste and the effects of calming the heart and tranquilizing the mind. It is mainly used for treatment of dysphoria and palpitation, insomnia and dreamful sleep due to the lack of spirit preservation...
April 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742197/antifungal-and-antioxidant-activities-of-mature-leaves-of-myrcia-splendens-sw-dc
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F C Pontes, V C P Abdalla, M Imatomi, L F G Fuentes, S C J Gualtieri
In recent years, natural products with antifungal and antioxidant activities are being increasingly researched for a more sustainable alternative to the chemicals currently used for the same purpose. The plant pathogenic fungus Alternaria alternata is a causative agent of diseases in citrus, leading to huge economic losses. Antioxidants are important for the production of medicines for various diseases that may be related to the presence of free radicals, such as cancer, and in the cosmetic industry as an anti-aging agent and the food industry as preservatives...
May 7, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730698/klotho-preservation-by-rhein-promotes-toll-like-receptor-4-proteolysis-and-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-kidney-injury
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Fangfang Bi, Fang Chen, Yanning Li, Ai Wei, Wangsen Cao
Renal anti-aging protein Klotho exhibits impressive properties of anti-inflammation and renal protection, however is suppressed early after renal injury, making Klotho restoration an attractive strategy of treating renal inflammatory disorders. Here, we reported that Klotho is enriched in macrophages and Klotho preservation by Rhein, an anthraquinone derived from medicinal plant rhubarb, attenuates lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute inflammation essentially via promoting toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) degradation...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725983/liberty-asthma-quest-phase-3-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-parallel-group-study-to-evaluate-dupilumab-efficacy-safety-in-patients-with-uncontrolled-moderate-to-severe-asthma
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William W Busse, Jorge F Maspero, Klaus F Rabe, Alberto Papi, Sally E Wenzel, Linda B Ford, Ian D Pavord, Bingzhi Zhang, Heribert Staudinger, Gianluca Pirozzi, Nikhil Amin, Bolanle Akinlade, Laurent Eckert, Jingdong Chao, Neil M H Graham, Ariel Teper
INTRODUCTION: Dupilumab, a fully human anti-IL-4Rα monoclonal antibody, inhibits signaling of both interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, which are key drivers of type 2-mediated inflammation. Dupilumab is approved in the EU, USA, and other countries for the treatment of adults with inadequately controlled moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. Following positive phase 2 results in asthma, the phase 3 Liberty Asthma QUEST trial was initiated to provide further evidence for dupilumab efficacy and safety in patients with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe asthma...
May 3, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709468/glycated-hemoglobin-targets-and-glycemic-control-link-with-lipid-uric-acid-and-kidney-profile
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Anthony P Sunjaya, Angela F Sunjaya
AIMS: To compare uric acid, lipid, and kidney profile along with management and complications of Indonesian diabetic patients with good and poor glycemic control based on glycated hemoglobin profile. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data was obtained from medical records of Internal Medicine Clinic in Hermina Podomoro General Hospital for the period January-December 2015. Subjects were grouped into good and poor glycemic control groups based on their glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels...
April 24, 2018: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706421/factors-associated-with-uninvestigated-dyspepsia-in-students-at-4-latin-american-schools-of-medicine-a-multicenter-study
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L Talledo-Ulfe, O D Buitrago, Y Filorio, F Casanova, L Campos, F Cortés, C R Mejia
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Dyspepsia is a multifactorial disease that can involve alcohol, tobacco, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, as well as lifestyle, diet, socioeconomic elements, or psychologic factors. The aim of the present article was to establish the frequency of uninvestigated dyspepsia and determine its associated factors in students at 4 Latin American schools of medicine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional, analytic study was conducted, in which a survey made up of closed-ended questions was applied at just one point in time...
April 26, 2018: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705839/stress-and-systemic-inflammation-yin-yang-dynamics-in-health-and-diseases
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Qing Yan
Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) would provide better insights into the "whole mind-body system." Systems biology models of the complex adaptive systems (CASs), such as a conceptual framework of "Yin-Yang dynamics," may be helpful for identifying systems-based biomarkers and targets for more effective prevention and treatment. The disturbances in the Yin-Yang dynamical balance may result in stress, inflammation, and various disorders including insomnia, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, skin disorders, and cancer...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705807/rapamycin-protects-skin-fibroblasts-from-ultraviolet-b-induced-photoaging-by-suppressing-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Dengke Qin, Runjian Ren, Chuanlong Jia, Yongzhou Lu, Qingjian Yang, Liang Chen, Xinyuan Wu, Jingjing Zhu, Yu Guo, Ping Yang, Yiqun Zhou, Ningwen Zhu, Bo Bi, Tianyi Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation alters multiple molecular pathways in the skin, thereby inducing skin photoaging. Murine dermal fibroblasts (MDFs) were subjected to a series of 4 sub-cytotoxic UVB doses (120 mJ/cm2), resulting in changes in cell shape, DNA damage, cell cycle arrest, extracellular matrix variations, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and alterations in major intracellular antioxidant and cellular autophagy levels. Rapamycin (RAPA) is a new macrolide immunosuppressive agent that is primarily used in oncology, cardiology, and transplantation medicine and has been found to extend the lifespan of genetically heterogeneous mice...
April 25, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701283/therapeutic-effect-of-northern-labrador-tea-extracts-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Colin M McGill, Patrick L Tomco, Regina M Ondrasik, Kaitlyn C Belknap, Gaelen K Dwyer, Daniel J Quinlan, Thomas A Kircher, Cheryl P Andam, Timothy J Brown, David F Claxton, Brian M Barth
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive hematological malignancy that is one of the more common pediatric malignancies in addition to occurring with high incidence in the aging population. Unfortunately, these patient groups are quite sensitive to toxicity from chemotherapy. Northern Labrador tea, or Rhododendron tomentosum Harmaja (a.k.a. Ledum palustre subsp. decumbens) or "tundra tea," is a noteworthy medicinal plant used by indigenous peoples in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland to treat a diversity of ailments...
April 27, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29700787/exploring-the-use-of-molecular-biomarkers-for-precision-medicine-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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REVIEW
Laura Lorés-Motta, Eiko K de Jong, Anneke I den Hollander
Precision medicine aims to improve patient care by adjusting medication to each patient's individual needs. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a heterogeneous eye disease in which several pathways are involved, and the risk factors driving the disease differ per patient. As a consequence, precision medicine holds promise for improved management of this disease, which is nowadays a main cause of vision loss in the elderly. In this review, we provide an overview of the studies that have evaluated the use of molecular biomarkers to predict response to treatment in AMD...
April 26, 2018: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682806/biomarkers-for-heart-failure-small-molecules-with-high-clinical-relevance
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REVIEW
C Magnussen, S Blankenberg
Heart failure (HF) is a rising epidemic due to the ageing population and progress in all areas of medicine. Thus, research efforts are made to ensure a timely diagnosis, to improve prognosis and treatment of the disease and to facilitate risk prediction at the population level. Because of their noninvasive determination with mostly high sensitivity and accuracy, circulating blood biomarkers are becoming increasingly important for daily clinical practice. Natriuretic peptides, especially B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) and midregional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) and cardiac troponins are established blood biomarkers in HF diagnosis and prognosis of HF-related outcomes...
April 22, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682574/baseline-predictors-of-visual-acuity-outcome-in-patients-with-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration
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REVIEW
Xinyuan Zhang, Timothy Y Y Lai
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of severe vision loss in people over 60 years. Wet AMD (wAMD) causes more severe visual acuity (VA) loss compared with the dry form due to formation of choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents such as ranibizumab and aflibercept are now the standard of care treatment for wAMD. Unfortunately, up to a quarter of anti-VEGF-treated wAMD patients might not fully benefit from intravitreal injections and CNV activity may not respond to the treatment and these patients are called anti-VEGF nonresponders...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680944/effect-of-terbinafine-on-the-biosynthetic-pathway-of-isoprenoid-compounds-in-carrot-suspension-cultured-cells
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Begoña Miras-Moreno, Lorena Almagro, María Angeles Pedreño, Ana Belén Sabater-Jara
Terbinafine induced a significant increase of squalene production. Terbinafine increased the expression levels of squalene synthase. Cyclodextrins did not work as elicitors due to the gene expression levels obtained. Plant sterols are essential components of membrane lipids, which contributing to their fluidity and permeability. Besides their cholesterol-lowering properties, they also have anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and anticancer activities. Squalene, which is phytosterol precursor, is widely used in medicine, foods and cosmetics due to its anti-tumor, antioxidant and anti-aging activities...
April 21, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671678/chronological-age-vs-biological-age-a-retrospective-analysis-on-age-specific-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-levels-for-3280-females-in-reproductive-center-clinic
#18
Jieru Zhu, Tao Li, Weijie Xing, Hui Lin, Jianping Ou
The aim of the present study was to determine the correlation between chronological age and biological age by characterizing age-specific serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) values for 3280 Chinese women. A retrospective analysis including 3280 females between 10 to 52 years old was conducted from January 2016 to December 2016 in the clinical laboratory of Center for Reproductive Medicine, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China. All included women were divided into several groups by age...
April 19, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670524/semen-cassiae-extract-improves-glucose-metabolism-by-promoting-glut4-translocation-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-diabetic-rats
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Meiling Zhang, Xin Li, Hangfei Liang, Huqiang Cai, Xueling Hu, Yu Bian, Lei Dong, Lili Ding, Libo Wang, Bo Yu, Yan Zhang, Yao Zhang
Diabetes mellitus is a clinical syndrome characterised by hyperglycaemia; its complications lead to disability and even death. Semen Cassiae is a traditional Chinese medicine, which has anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidaemia, anti-oxidation, and anti-ageing properties. Our study was designed to evaluate the action of total anthraquinones of Semen Cassiae extract (SCE) on the improvement of glucose metabolism in diabetic rats and to elucidate the underlying mechanism. First, we evaluated the effect of SCE on normal rats...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667524/optimization-of-the-extraction-of-bioactive-molecules-from-lycium-barbarum-fruits-and-evaluation-of-the-antioxidant-activity-a-combined-study
#20
Chiara Povolo, Alberto Foschini, Giovanni Ribaudo
Novel food, super food, wolfberry, the Himalayan longevity fruit. Several different and, even more, colourful names define the fruits of Lycium barbarum L., one of the most popular food supplements and anti-aging remedies of the recent years. Goji derivatives find application at the interface between food and medicine thanks to the claimed antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. Aiming at identifying the most effective extraction protocol for processing different goji berries samples (fresh and dried, commercial and from an Italian cultivar), combinations of extractive and analytical techniques were attempted...
April 18, 2018: Natural Product Research
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