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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140661/an-international-model-for-antibiotics-regulation
#1
Emilie Aguirre
We face a global antibiotics resistance crisis. Antibiotic drugs are rapidly losing their effectiveness, potentially propelling us toward a post-antibiotic world. The largest use of antibiotics in the world is in food-producing animals. Food producers administer these drugs in routine, low doses—the types of doses that are incidentally the most conducive to breeding antibiotic resistance. In general, individual countries have been too slow to act in regulating misuse and overuse of antibiotics in foodproducing animals...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140656/an-analysis-of-%C3%A2-natural%C3%A2-food-litigation-to-build-a-sesame-allergy-consumer-class-action
#2
Dana Shaker
In a world where food allergy is still an incurable disease, law and regulation stand as necessary mechanisms to provide food-allergic consumers with the information they need to protect their health. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 provided specific labeling requirements for the “Top Eight” allergens in the U.S.: milk, soy, gluten, egg, tree nut, peanut, fish, and Crustacean shellfish. Since then, sesame has become more prevalent as an allergen and remains just as dangerous, inducing anaphylactic shock in some sesame-allergic individuals...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140655/the-%C3%A2-natural%C3%A2-vs-%C3%A2-natural-flavors%C3%A2-conflict-in-food-labeling-a-regulatory-viewpoint
#3
Matthew J Goodman
Food branded with a Natural label can be found in any grocery store across the United States. Consumers consider this label to be an important attribute when making a purchasing decision and billions of dollars are spent annually on these products. While many consumers believe Natural foods are healthier, heavy reliance on that assumption is misguided as “Natural” has no formal legal definition—it’s merely defined pursuant to an FDA approved informal policy. Another important health attribute in a consumer’s purchasing decision is the presence of natural flavors in food...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124687/ultraviolet-light-induced-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species
#4
T L de Jager, A E Cockrell, S S Du Plessis
As ultraviolet (UV) radiation is naturally and ubiquitously emitted by the sun, almost everyone is exposed to it on a daily basis, and it is necessary for normal physiological function. Human exposure to solar UV radiation thus has important health implications. The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by UV radiation is one of the mechanisms through which UV light can manifest its possible detrimental effects on health. When an imbalance develops due to ROS generation exceeding the body's antioxidant defence mechanisms, oxidative stress can develop...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109054/assessing-the-presence-of-marine-toxins-in-bivalve-molluscs-from-southwest-india
#5
Andrew D Turner, Monika Dhanji-Rapkova, Stephanie Rowland-Pilgrim, Lucy M Turner, Ashwin Rai, Moleyur N Venugopal, Indrani Karunasagar, Anna Godhe
The south west coast of India has been showing a steady increase in shellfish cultivation both for local consumption and fishery export, over recent years. Perna viridis and Crassostrea madrasensis are two species of bivalve molluscs which grow in some selected regions of southern Karnataka, close to the city of Mangalore. In the early 1980s, shellfish consumers in the region were affected by intoxication from Paralytic Shellfish Poison present in local bivalves (clams and oysters) resulting in hospitalisation of many, including one fatality...
November 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107095/anticancer-activity-of-seaweeds
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REVIEW
Anllely G Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Claudia Juárez-Portilla, Tatiana Olivares-Bañuelos, Rossana C Zepeda
Cancer is a major health problem worldwide and still lacks fully effective treatments. Therefore, alternative therapies, using natural products, have been proposed. Marine algae are an important component of the marine environment, with high biodiversity, and contain a huge number of functional compounds, including terpenes, polyphenols, phlorotannins, and polysaccharides, among others. These compounds have complex structures that have shown several biological activities, including anticancer activity, in several in vitro and in vivo models...
October 26, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099715/-subtropical-cultures-fruit-biochimical-defirnition-of-its-consistency-considering-different-methods-of-selection
#7
Z Bukia, Sh Lamparadze, N Beridze
Many plant mixtures play a key role in human health. Bioactive mixtures synthesis ability gives an unchangeable role to plants. Polyphenols included in some food products and xenogenic kinds of antioxidants play an important role to neutralize free radicals. From this point of you is very interesting a lot of subtropical cultures. By the help of this cultures methodic selection it's possible to regulate in them consistence of useful mixtures for medicine and for health. The facts given in this work represent the results of research on subtropical cultures (raw and ready materials)...
October 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090703/20-s-protopanaxadiol-ppd-increases-the-radiotherapy-sensitivity-of-laryngeal-carcinoma
#8
Bo Teng, Lijing Zhao, Jing Gao, Peng He, Hejie Li, Junyu Chen, Qingjie Feng, Chunhui Yi
Laryngeal carcinoma (LC) is one of the most prevalent malignant tumors in the head and neck area. Due to its high morbidity and mortality, LC poses a serious threat to human life and health. Even with surgical removal, some patients were not sensitive to radiotherapy or experienced transfer or recurrence. 20(s)-Protopanaxadiol (PPD), a natural product from Panax ginseng, has been reported to have cytotoxic effects against several cancer cell lines. However, whether it can improve the radiation sensitivity and the underlying mechanism of PPD's sensitization effect is still unknown...
November 1, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080704/mother-natural-motivations-and-associations-for-consuming-natural-foods
#9
Emily M Moscato, Jane E Machin
Natural is perceived as innately positive and is a widely sought-after attribute in food products. The natural food industry continues to grow in response to rising consumer demand. This qualitative study explored mothers' motivations for purchasing and consuming natural food products for themselves and their families. Mothers are an important population because of their disproportionate influence on household food consumption. We employed participant photography and a series of three weekly focus groups to derive a rich understanding of the activities surrounding and motivations behind seeking natural in everyday buying decisions...
November 3, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034337/new-biomarkers-of-post-settlement-growth-in-the-sea-urchin-strongylocentrotus-purpuratus
#10
Alyaa Elsaid Abdelaziz Fadl, Magdy Elsayed Mahfouz, Mona Mabrouk Taha El-Gamal, Andreas Heyland
Some sea urchins, including the purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, have been successfully used in aquaculture, but their slow growth and late reproduction are challenging to overcome when developing efficient aquaculture production techniques. S. purpuratus develops via an indirect life history that is characterized by a drastic settlement process at the end of a larval period that lasts for several weeks. During this transition, the bilateral larva is transformed into a pentaradial juvenile, which will start feeding and growing in the benthic habitat...
October 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986373/the-murein-hydrolase-lytf-of-streptococcus-sanguinis-and-the-ecological-consequences-of-competence-development
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Nyssa Cullin, Sylvio Redanz, Kirsten J Lampi, Justin Merritt, Jens Kreth
The overall health of the oral cavity is dependent upon a proper homeostasis between health-associated bacterial colonizers and bacteria known to promote dental caries. Streptococcus sanguinis is a health-associated commensal, a known early colonizer of the acquired tooth pellicle, and is naturally competent. We have shown that LytF, a competence-controlled murein hydrolase, is capable of inducing the release of extracellular DNA (eDNA) from oral bacteria. Precipitated and purified LytF were used as treatments against planktonic cultures and biofilms...
October 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955311/safety-of-novel-microbes-for-human-consumption-practical-examples-of-assessment-in-the-european-union
#12
REVIEW
Theodor Brodmann, Akihito Endo, Miguel Gueimonde, Gabriel Vinderola, Wolfgang Kneifel, Willem M de Vos, Seppo Salminen, Carlos Gómez-Gallego
Novel microbes are either newly isolated genera and species from natural sources or bacterial strains derived from existing bacteria. Novel microbes are gaining increasing attention for the general aims to preserve and modify foods and to modulate gut microbiota. The use of novel microbes to improve health outcomes is of particular interest because growing evidence points to the importance of gut microbiota in human health. As well, some recently isolated microorganisms have promise for use as probiotics, although in-depth assessment of their safety is necessary...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942821/medicinal-plant-products-targeting-quorum-sensing-for-combating-bacterial-infections
#13
REVIEW
Abdelhakim Bouyahya, Nadia Dakka, Abdeslam Et-Touys, Jamal Abrini, Youssef Bakri
Traditional treatment of infectious diseases is based on compounds that aim to kill or inhibit bacterial growth. The bacterial resistance against antibiotics is a serious issue for public health. Today, new therapeutic targets other than the bacterial wall were deciphered. Quorum sensing or bacterial pheromones are molecules called auto-inducer secreted by bacteria to regulate some functions such as antibiotic resistance and biofilms formation. This therapeutic target is well-studied worldwide, nevertheless the scientific data are not updated and only recent researches started to look into its potential as a target to fight against infectious diseases...
August 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934562/the-enduring-legacy-of-250-years-of-pharmacology-in-edinburgh
#14
John S Kelly, Angus V P Mackay
Two hundred fifty years ago, the University of Edinburgh appointed Francis Home to the first chair of materia medica, the accumulated knowledge of materials used in healing. Francis Home and his colleagues were determined to improve the quality of medical training in Edinburgh by introducing a final examination and compiling a catalog of medicines validated by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The catalog, known as the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia, was a great success, partly due to the orderly nature of its contents, its routine editing to eliminate worthless entries, and the introduction of new treatments whose preparation was precisely documented...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915824/fucoidan-from-fucus-vesiculosus-suppresses-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-by-enhancing-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-activation
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Huifang Li, Junru Li, Yuan Tang, Lin Lin, Zhanglian Xie, Jia Zhou, Liyun Zhang, Xiaoyong Zhang, Xiaoshan Zhao, Zhengliang Chen, Daming Zuo
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a serious public health problem leading to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. As the clinical utility of current therapies is limited, the development of new therapeutic approaches for the prevention and treatment of HBV infection is imperative. Fucoidan is a natural sulfated polysaccharide that extracted from different species of brown seaweed, which was reported to exhibit various bioactivities. However, it remains unclear whether fucoidan influences HBV replication or not...
September 16, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911530/autophagy-inducing-effect-of-pterostilbene-a%C3%A2-prospective-therapeutic-preventive-option-for-skin-diseases
#16
Rong-Jane Chen, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Ya-Ling Yeh, Wun-Syuan Wu, Chi-Tang Ho, Chia-Yi Li, Bour-Jr Wang, Ying-Jan Wang
Pterostilbene is a naturally occurring analog of resveratrol with many health benefits. These health benefits are associated with its antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory effects, and chemopreventive effects attributed to its unique structure. The skin cancer chemopreventive potential of pterostilbene is supported by a variety of mechanistic studies confirming the anti-inflammatory effects in skin cancer models. Molecular biological studies have identified that pterostilbene targets pleotropic signaling pathways, including those involved in mitogenesis, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis...
January 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910310/gugulipid-causes-hypercholesterolemia-leading-to-endothelial-dysfunction-increased-atherosclerosis-and-premature-death-by-ischemic-heart-disease-in-male-mice
#17
Andrea Leiva, Susana Contreras-Duarte, Ludwig Amigo, Esteban Sepúlveda, Mauricio Boric, Verónica Quiñones, Dolores Busso, Attilio Rigotti
For proper cholesterol metabolism, normal expression and function of scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI), a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) receptor, is required. Among the factors that regulate overall cholesterol homeostasis and HDL metabolism, the nuclear farnesoid X receptor plays an important role. Guggulsterone, a bioactive compound present in the natural product gugulipid, is an antagonist of this receptor. This natural product is widely used globally as a natural lipid-lowering agent, although its anti-atherogenic cardiovascular benefit in animal models or humans is unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910182/consumers-perceptions-of-edible-marijuana-products-for-recreational-use-likes-dislikes-and-reasons-for-use
#18
Kristen C Giombi, Katherine M Kosa, Carrie Rains, Sheryl C Cates
BACKGROUND: Edible marijuana products have become extremely popular in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this research was to provide a better understanding of consumer perceptions of edible marijuana products, including why they prefer edibles relative to other forms of marijuana (e.g., smoking) and their concerns regarding the consumption of edibles. METHODS: We conducted eight focus groups (four groups in Denver, Colorado, and four groups in Seattle, Washington) in February 2016 with 62 adult consumers of edibles...
September 14, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900770/how-regularities-of-mortality-statistics-explain-why-we-age-despite-having-potentially-ageless-somatic-stem-cells
#19
Alexander V Khalyavkin, Vyacheslav N Krut'ko
Researchers working in the area of ageing have found numerous manifestations of this process at the molecular biological level, including DNA and protein damage, accumulation of metabolic by-products, lipids peroxidation, macromolecular cross-linking, non-enzymatic glycosylation, anti-oxidant/pro-oxidant misbalance, rising of pro-inflammatory cytokines, etc. This results in an increase in the proportion of cells in growth arrest, reduction of the rate of information processing, metabolic rate decrease, and decrease in rates of other processes characterizing dynamic aspects of the organism's interaction with its environment...
September 12, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890016/single-recombinant-and-purified-major-allergens-and-peptides-how-they-are-made-and-how-they-change-allergy-diagnosis-and-treatment
#20
REVIEW
Mirela Curin, Viktoriya Garib, Rudolf Valenta
OBJECTIVE: To review the current knowledge regarding recombinant and purified allergens and allergen-derived peptides. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, homepages relevant to the topic, and the National Institutes of Health clinical trial database were searched. STUDY SELECTIONS: The literature was screened for studies describing purified and recombinant allergens and allergen-derived peptides. Studies relevant to the topic were included in this review...
September 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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