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Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
Crucifying Julian Assange. The media's refusal to defend the WikiLeaks publisher is a betrayal of press freedom - TruthDig
- Study says attacks on infrastructure in Gaza and West Bank exact human costWhen civilian food, water and energy assets are targeted, human welfare and livelihoods are often part of the collateral damage - NewsWise
- Common Acid Reflux Medications Linked to Increased Kidney Disease Risk - NewsWise
- Study Finds Inadequate FDA Oversight of Prescribing of Fentanyl Products - FDA and manufacturers did not take action when evidence emerged that potentially lethal fentanyl products were being inappropriately prescribed to patients - NewsWise
- Young Bone Marrow Rejuvenates Aging Mouse Brains, Study FindsTransplanting Marrow From Young Lab Mice to Old Mice Preserves Memory and Learning Skills - NewsWise
- One thing you should always do when buying clothes - TreeHugger
- AAAS revokes award to scientists whose studies led to ban on glyphosate in Sri Lanka
AAAS apparently "caves" to agrochemical industry - GMWatch
- Placenta-on-a-chip test shows how caffeine passes from mother to baby - New Atlas
- Diagnosing 'art acne' in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings - PhysOrg
- Top 10 Truths About Organic - Friends of The Earth
- Great white shark genome has been sequenced, revealing clues to longevity and cancer resistance - New Atlas
- Dementia eliminates the ability to daydream, sufferers are "stuck in the moment" - New Atlas
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The Journal Pain report "The present study shows that mindful individuals are less sensitive to pain and exhibit significantly lower activation in the precuneus/dPCC, central nodes of self-referential and nociceptive processing.... These findings could be utilized to better develop adjunctive pain therapies (biofeedback; mindfulness meditation; dialectical behavioral therapy) to specifically target increases in trait mindfulness and reductions in PCC/precuneus activity to treat pain.
The Journal Nutrients report "Evidence from published reports is reasonably strong to indicate that consumption of cherries decreased markers for oxidative stress, inflammation, exercise-induced muscle soreness and loss of strength, and blood pressure acutely after ingesting cherries. Limited numbers of published reports also indicate beneficial effects of consuming cherries on arthritis, diabetes, blood lipids, sleep, cognitive functions, and possibly mood. It should be noted that many of these studies, which suggested health benefits of cherry consumption, used amounts (45–270 cherries/day) that might be considered to be a high dose."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report " Sleep plays an important role in individuals’ health. The functions of the brain, the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and the metabolic system are closely associated with sleep. As a prevalent sleep disorder, insomnia has been closely concerned, and it is necessary to find effective therapies. In recent years, a growing body of studies has shown that mind-body therapies (MBTs) can improve sleep quality and ameliorate insomnia severity.....MBTs can be effective in treating insomnia and improving sleep quality for healthy individuals and clinical patients.
Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience report "Yoga, a mind body intervention re-established immunological tolerance by aiding remission at molecular and cellular level along with significant reduction in depression. Thus in this inflammatory arthritis with a major psychosomatic component, yoga can be used as a complementary/adjunct therapy."
Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine report ":Aging is a multifactorial phenomenon, which attribute to different diseases and abnormalities in living systems. Oxidative stress, which is an important factor in aging, exacerbates this process via different mechanisms. Crocin (CR), one of the active components of saffron showed strong antioxidant effects. In the present study, anti-aging property of crocin was investigated in mice....Administration of crocin reduced d-galactose-induced aging in mice through inhibition of oxidative stress, reduction of inflammation and elevation of sex hormones"
Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine report "Saffron has beneficial effects on depression and homocysteine level in patients with major depression."
The Journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research report "Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and new therapeutic strategies are still required. Here we screened a synthetic cannabinoid library to identify compounds that uniformly reduce the viability of seven CRC cell lines......We identified three families of cannabinoid compounds that reduce CRC cell viability through a noncanonical receptor mechanism. Future modification of these compounds may lead to the development of novel therapies to treat this disease."
The Journal Environmental Research report "An organic diet was associated with significant reductions in urinary excretion of several pesticide metabolites and parent compounds. This study adds to a growing body of literature indicating that an organic diet may reduce exposure to a range of pesticides in children and adults. Additional research is needed to evaluate dietary exposure to neonicotinoids, which are now the most widely used class of insecticides in the world."
The American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology report "Zinc deficiency (ZnD) is implicated in hypertension, in part, by promoting cardiovascular and renal 224 dysfunction. However, a direct link had not been established. In this study, we directly explored the role of Zn2+ 225 bioavailability in Blood Pressure (BP) regulation. Using both in vivo and in vitro models of ZnD, our novel findings indicated that 1) Zn2+ contributes to BP regulation via modulating renal Na+ 226 transport, 2) renal NCC mediates ZnD-induced hypertension and 3) NCC is a Zn2+ 227 -regulated transporter that is 228 upregulated by ZnD"
Environmental Health News report "Kids exposed to phthalates prenatally and as 3-year-olds have decreased motor skills later in their childhood, according to a new study.The study is concerning because phthalates are so widely used. Previous research found that phthalate exposure is linked to decreased motor skills for infants and toddlers but this is the first study to suggest these problems may persist as the children age.
"As lower scores on measures of motor development have been associated with more problems in cognitive, socioemotional functioning and behavior, the findings of this study have implications related to overall child development," the researchers wrote in the study published online in Environmental Research.
The Journal of Nutrition report "This meta-analysis provides evidence that breakfast skipping is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and the association is partly mediated by BMI."
The Journal Nutrients report "To sum up, the present study provides initial clinical evidence about the independent and deleterious effect of both low adherence to the MedDiet and low physical activity practice on lung function in subjects without known pulmonary disease. More prospective and clinical trial interventions are warranted in the future to confirm the effectiveness of a healthy diet and physical activity in preventing respiratory disorders."
The Journal Chinese Medicine report "Baduanjin, a traditional Chinese exercise therapy, has been widely used in China to treat type 2 diabetes (T2DM) with depression (DD). However, the underlying mechanism of Baduanjin in anti-DD is unclear. This study was focused on investigating the effects of Baduanjin on symptoms of depression and blood glucose in patients with DD and the underlying mechanism....it was confirmed that Baduanjin is a safe and effective intervention for patients with DD because it can effectively ameliorate the symptoms of depression and blood glucose levels in patients with DD by regulating the dysregulated expression of lncRNA, mRNA, and circRNA.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Cervicitis is a common sexually transmitted disease. In recent years, the abuse of antibiotic in the treatment of cervicitis results in the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; alternative strategies are needed to be developed. In this research, we investigated the effects of Feilin Vaginal Gel (FVG), a Chinese herbal formula, on the treatment of cervicitis. ... These results suggest that FVG is capable of treating cervicitis through the inhibition of pathogens and the regulation of host immune responses. FVG may contribute as an alternative agent for the treatment of cervicitis."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "Administration of oral Cannabidiol (CBD) in addition to routine psychiatric care was associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom reduction in adults with PTSD. CBD also appeared to offer relief in a subset of patients who reported frequent nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD
The Journal lanta Medica report "Licorice has been traditionally recognized as a “guide drug” (drugs that enhance the effectiveness and reduce the toxicity of other ingredients) and is added to most traditional and modern prescriptions. Basic in vitro and in vivo pharmacological studies indicate that the combined treatment of licorice compounds, such as GA, ISLG, and LCA, with clinical chemotherapy drugs presents both synergistic antineoplastic effects and a reduction of the side effects of chemotherapeutics GL also reverses cisplatin resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Furthermore, GL pretreatment enhances UVB-induced apoptosis in melanoma cells, blocks UVB-induced skin tumor formation, and hinders ionizing radiation-induced tumor cell extravasation and lung metastasis. All of these findings indicate that a combined therapy may provide an optimal venue for licorice compounds in clinical application."
The Journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine report "In summary, this review provides some evidence that propolis can be a good alternative to the topical application of acyclovir in cases of HSV-1 infections"
JAMA Psychiatry report "Using genetic instruments identified from large-scale GWAS, robust evidence supports a protective relationship between objectively assessed—but not self-reported—physical activity and the risk for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Findings point to the importance of objective measurement of physical activity in epidemiologic studies of mental health and support the hypothesis that enhancing physical activity may be an effective prevention strategy for depression.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Airway mucus hypersecretion is the main pathogenic factor in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) and the control of mucus secretion is closely associated with survival. Louqin Zhisou decoction (LQZS) has been found to improve lung function and reduce sputum in AECOPD patients, but the mechanism remains unclear. In summary, this study demonstrated that LQZS could inhibit mucus hypersecretion in airway of AECOPD.
The Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine report "In conclusion, our study showed that hydro alcoholic extract of UD prevents establishment of atherosclerotic lesions in rat aorta, which is associated with positive effects on serum lipid profile without significantly affecting antioxidant status."
The Environmental Sciences Europe report "EPA and IARC reached diametrically opposed conclusions on glyphosate genotoxicity for three primary reasons: (1) in the core tables compiled by EPA and IARC, the EPA relied mostly on registrant-commissioned, unpublished regulatory studies, 99% of which were negative, while IARC relied mostly on peer-reviewed studies of which 70% were positive (83 of 118); (2) EPA’s evaluation was largely based on data from studies on technical glyphosate, whereas IARC’s review placed heavy weight on the results of formulated GBH and AMPA assays; (3) EPA’s evaluation was focused on typical, general population dietary exposures assuming legal, food-crop uses, and did not take into account, nor address generally higher occupational exposures and risks. IARC’s assessment encompassed data from typical dietary, occupational, and elevated exposure scenarios. More research is needed on real-world exposures to the chemicals within formulated GBHs and the biological fate and consequences of such exposures."
The Journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum report "Acupressure was associated with greater improvements than usual care in anxiety, pain, and symptoms of depression in breast cancer survivors with troublesome fatigue. These findings warrant further evaluation in suitably controlled randomized trials."
Antimicrobial and Antileishmanial Activity + Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Origanum vulgare, and Curcuma longa Essential Oils
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The major compounds in the essential oils were cinnamic aldehyde (C. zeylanicum), turmerone (C. longa), and cis-p-Menth-2-en-1-ol (O. vulgare). All three essential oils exhibited antimicrobial action, highlighting C. longaessential oil against S. aureus. Antileishmanial activity against promastigote forms of L. amazonensis was observed to C. longa essential oil, but not to C. zeylanicum and O. vulgare essential oil. C. longa essential oil activity against intracellular amastigote is the first description of activity against the parasite form found in mammal host, ensuring their potential antileishmanial activity. C. longa essential oil did not induce NO production in BALB/c peritoneal macrophages, suggesting that intracellular amastigote activity may be related to other mechanisms."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "All herbal preparations used in human studies have led to the alleviation of symptoms related to GERD. Myrtus communis and Cydonia oblonga showed marked reduction in GERD symptoms comparable to omeprazole. The therapeutic effect of Cydonia oblonga persisted after discontinuation of the drug. Tongjlang and rikkunshito showed therapeutic effects for non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) where PPIs failed to show a promising effect. Studies on Ceratonia siliqua have been solely focused on regurgitation in infants, and a remarkable decrease in the number of regurgitations was demonstrated.Conclusion: The multiple mechanisms of action of medicinal plants in GERD other than anti-secretory properties appear to provide more efficient treatment and helped to manage the histopathological changes associated with this disorder. Further studies are needed to understand the effects of medicinal plants on GERD better.
The Journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research report "The current available data on the pharmacology of cannabis root components provide significant support to the historical and ethnobotanical claims of clinical efficacy. Certainly, this suggests the need for reexamination of whole root preparations on inflammatory and malignant conditions employing modern scientific techniques."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "Keeping in view the current guidelines for treatment of diarrhea, honey is considered one of the potential candidates for treatment of diarrhea because it contains a natural combination of probiotics, prebiotics, and zinc. "
The Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology report "We conclude that there is convincing evidence that cigarette smoking increases the risk of cervical cancer among Japanese women.
The Journal Chinese Medicine report "Our findings suggest that moxibustion treats IBS by modulating the gut microbiota. We demonstrate that moxibustion could potentially be used to regulate gut microbiota imbalances and therefore to treat patients with IBS."
The Journal Nutrients report "plant-based, multi-vitamin/mineral, and phytonutrient (PMP) supplementation for eight weeks reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and prevented DNA damage without altering endogenous antioxidant system, and several plasma vitamins and phytonutrients were significantly correlated with ROS scavenging and prevention of DNA damage. Gene expression analysis in PBMC after PMP supplementation showed subtle changes in superoxide metabolic processes."
The Journal Planta Medica report "In summary, our results clearly suggest that saffron reduces the severity of depression based on HAM‑D and BDI scores, but the optimum dose and duration of treatment is still unclear. In the analyzed studies, the frequency of adverse reactions did not differ significantly from that of the placebo groups."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "In conclusion, Camellia sinensis extracts in a dose of 0.6% significantly promote more collagen and fibronectin deposition with higher expression of NO, promoting angiogenesis process via molecular controlling of circulating hypoxia responsive microRNAs: miR-424, miR-210, miR-199a, and miR-21 in diabetic and nondiabetic wounds. Our results support a functional role of circulating hypoxia responsive microRNAs, miR-424, miR-210, miR-199a, and miR-21, as a potential therapeutic targets in angiogenesis and vascular remodeling in diabetic wound healing."
The Journal Evidence Based Integrative Medicine report "Cellulite remains an obstinate clinical and cosmetic problem. In this study, we adapted the Thai traditional noninvasive treatment formulated with 5 additional herbals to improve blood flow, edema, and lipolysis, thereby augmenting cellulite treatment. This was a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled paired trial....No adverse actions were reported, and there were no dropouts, no missing data, and 100% adherence. Herbal compresses were efficacious against cellulite and thigh sizes. The herbal formula might be adapted to other delivery options, and rationally added herbals may increase effectiveness of traditional therapies and more sustainable actions."
The Journal of Nutrition report "In conclusion, our study adds to the growing body of knowledge supporting the benefits of hazelnut consumption. A large fraction of the US population has inadequate intakes of many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E (2–4, 22)—especially older adults, who often have lower intakes of micronutrients from food sources. Vitamin E is a so-called “shortfall” micronutrient [identified in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as a micronutrient which is frequently consumed at levels below the EAR (vitamin E: 12 mg/d)]. Therefore, promoting good dietary sources of vitamin E is important. Despite the limitations of this study, the significant increase in the α-tocopherol metabolite α-CEHC indicates that hazelnut consumption can improve vitamin E status and supports the notion of increased hazelnut consumption as part of a healthy dietary pattern."
The Journal Evidence Based Integrative Medicine report "The use of Psyllium seed in the treatment of functional constipation in patients with GERD is very safe, effective, cheap, and easily available, and this treatment also minimizes the chance of recurrence of GERD compared to omeprazole."
The Middle East Fertility Society Journal report "Many of the studied plants including Soybean, Raspberry, A. vera, L. pumila, C. nucifera, G. max, and G. glabra have anti-androgenic property and certain plants such as: P dactylifera, G. max, C. sinensis, M. piperita and T. vulgaris have antioxidant property that are effective in treating PCOS through improving the serum levels of sex hormones and decreasing oxidative stress. In the light of the evidence, different types of phytoestrogens and antioxidant compounds found in medicinal plants can improve PCOS symptoms and therefore be effectively used to treat this syndrome."
The Journal Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research report "In conclusion, despite the shortcomings of cross-sectional studies, our novel revelations of a strong dose-dependent decrease in the odds of both Acute Pancreatitis (AP) and Chronic Pancreatitis (CP) among alcohol users and increased odds of CP among non-alcohol-non-gallstones users are remarkable. We believe that more translational and longitudinal studies are warranted to clarify the relationship between cannabis and pancreatitis due to increasing decriminalization and legalization of cannabis globally. Studies are needed to identify the best cannabis strains and the right strategies of striking the adequate balance of CB1/2R agonism and antagonism to achieve maximum therapeutic benefits"
The European Journal of Integrative Medicine report "Moxibustion is commonly used as a traditional Chinese medicine treatment. The aim was to investigate how the exposure of moxa smoke influences sperm parameters, testis index and serum sex hormones in Wistar male rats....In our study, moxa smoke improved the sperm concentration, progressive motility and sperm motility in rats. It is interesting to have this result discovered because it is important for male fertility and women pregnancy. It can be explained from perspective of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that moxa smoke can tonify kidney yang and stimulate the function of yang of the whole body.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "In conclusion, results from in vitro and vivo studies suggest possible pathways for the detoxifying effect of standardized Smilax china L. root extracts (SSCR) rich in chlorogenic acid on liver and lung toxicity induced by nicotine from tobacco smoke condensate. First, SSCR directly hunts unpaired reactive oxygen species electrons. Second, SSCR played an important role in transcriptional upregulation of CYP2A6 for conversion of nicotine into cotinine. SSCR could be a useful ingredient for the prevention of diseases related to oxidative stress induced via nicotine or tobacco exposure."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Taken together, nutmeg extract free safrole and myristicin may increase muscle mass in aging rats partly via inducing AKT-mTOR-autophagy pathway. There is still open possibility in the phenomenon observed in our data whether these results especially in soleus muscle are caused by an increasing of muscle mass or preventing decrease muscle mass during aging. This potential nutmeg effect might become an alternative supplement for sarcopenia during aging."
Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass (0.5–1% loss per year after the age of 50),
The Journal of Psychosis and Related Disorders report "In summary, the present study demonstrated that a relatively brief course of metacognitive training (MCT+), a hybrid therapy program of group-based MCT and individualized cognitivebehavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp), was effective at reducing delusional symptoms, relative to an active control condition receiving cognitive remediation (CR). These findings were maintained at 6-month follow-up. While larger multi-site trials investigating MCT+ are warranted, the present study adds to the growing literature that psychological interventions can be effective in people with psychosis, and challenges earlier conceptions that delusions are “un-understandable,”and by implication, resistant to rational counter-argument
The Journal Herbal Medicine report "Our data suggest that administration of liquid Rose-hip reduces the incidence of colds by 18% and lowers the number of patients reporting the different symptoms of cold."
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science report "Coffee consumption is linked with reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD), and caffeine is generally believed to be the protective agent. However, several lines of evidence suggest the presence of additional compound(s) in coffee that can be protective as well. Here we show that eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide, which we purified from coffee as an agent that leads to enhanced enzymatic activity of the specific phosphatase PP2A that dephosphorylates the pathogenic protein α-synuclein, works in synergy with caffeine in protecting against mouse models of PD and Dementia with Lewy bodies. The mechanism of this synergy is also through enhancing PP2A, which is dysregulated in the brains of individuals with these α-synucleinopathies."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "The intervention group significantly decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate immediately after the intervention, with a large clinical effect; systolic blood pressure remained reduced 5 min after the intervention, and heart rate remained reduced 60 min after the intervention. No significant changes were observed in the control group.
Conclusions: Right carotid sinus compression could be clinically useful for regulating acute hypertension.
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "Findings of this study confirmed the therapeutic value of plants in the hospital environment as a noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients. Health care professionals and hospital administrators need to consider the use of plants and flowers to enhance healing environments for patients"
The Journal Alternative and Integrative Medicine report "Pranayama refers to the conscious manipulation of the breath in order to modulate the cosmic energy (prana) from the air in the environment. The techniques of Pranayam include practices that are performed in a slow or fast type.....Results of our study demonstrates that slow and fast pranayam practices are more effective to maintain sympatho-vagal balance by modulating sympathetic and parasympathetic division of autonomic nervous system.
JAMA Pediatrics report "Maternal depression and anxiety can have deleterious and lifelong consequences on child development. However, many aspects of the association of early brain development with maternal symptoms remain unclear. Understanding the timing of potential neurobiological alterations holds inherent value for the development and evaluation of future therapies and interventions.....These data highlight the importance of the prenatal period to early brain development and suggest that the underlying white matter microstructure is associated with the continuum of prenatal maternal depression and anxiety symptoms.
The Journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine report "This study found that Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)-related gains across primary and secondary headache related outcomes were maintained 6-months following treatment, with improvement remaining statistically significant and clinically meaningful long-term. Relapse following psychological approaches for chronic pain is a concern that has been previously emphasized by leaders in the field as a critical problem to address. Current results showed that MBCT may be particularly well-suited to equip patients with the necessary pain coping skillset to effectively deal with the set-backs and relapse triggers that will inevitably occur in the context of living with headache pain, and to continue to engage in meaningful life activities despite the pain.
The European Journal of Integrative Medicine reports "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder in children. Drug treatment is the most prevalent method used to control and cure it; however, considering the low efficacy and frequent side effects of current drugs, more attempts is needed to replace them with safer agents. Several studies have shown the beneficial role of micronutrients such as vitamin D in development and improving the performance of neuronal system. This research intends to study the effects of vitamin D supplementation in 6–13 year-old students with ADHD.
Conclusion - Vitamin D supplementation not only improves some behavioral problems but can prevent exacerbation in some symptoms of the disorder and reduce impulsivity."
The Journal Ann Am Thorac Soc.reports "In conclusion, our study showed that 25-OHD level less than or equal to 20 mg/L in children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is associated with a three times higher rate of pulmonary exacerbations than those sufficient in vitamin D. In addition, in adolescents with CF, a higher vitamin D level was associated with higher FEV1. Therefore, it is possible that treatment with vitamin D may preserve lung function and imp
The Journal Acta Pharmacologica Sinica reports "the present experiments demonstrated that apoptosis of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons was increased under high glucose (HG) (diabetes model) conditions, and this effect was attenuated in the presence of quercetin. Our data further suggest that these protective effects of quercetin may be attributable to influences on the Nrf-2/HO-1 pathway, scavenging ROS, and inhibition of NF-кB activation. The possibility that NF-кB may play a critical role in the pathogenesis of neuronal dysfunction due to hyperglycemia suggests that the inhibition of local NF-кB activity may be a beneficial strategy for preventing or alleviating diabetic neuropathy complications. Furthermore, our findings of the protective effects of quercetin on DRG neurons in a hyperglycemic environment point to quercetin as a potential medicine for diabetic neuropathy.
The European Journal of Integrative Medicine report "the available data suggest that Tong Bian decoction has good effects on the symptoms of constipation and the quality of life as well. There is no relevant difference in the adverse events. Tong Bian decoction shows safe and effective promising in the treatment of laxative dependence constipation in the elderly for a long-term care"
The Journal Integrative Medicine Research report "Licorice (Glycyrrhizae radix et rhizome, GRR) has long been used as an ingredient in Korean traditional medicinal herbal formulas for various metabolic and reproductive diseases. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in premenopausal women. In the present study, we examined the effects of GRR extract on PCOS-like symptoms in female rats.
Conclusion - These results suggest that GRR extract inhibits the symptoms of PCOS by regulating imbalanced hormonal levels and irregular ovarian follicles.
The Journal Nutrients report "To sum up, elderly people with a more active lifestyle exhibited increased available antioxidant machinery and an attenuated age-associated inflammatory status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBCMs). Regular daily activities and an active lifestyle leads to a scenario in which the antioxidant defenses are ready to cope with subsequent stressors, allowing a better antioxidant response......Early management of body composition and an active lifestyle could improve and maintain physical function in older adults and promote healthy aging."
The Journal Nutrients report "The information presented above allows for considering resveratrol as a promising drug in the treatment of cardiovascular conditions. The moderation of free radicals creation and proinflammatory response diminishment may prove to be helpful in slowing down atherosclerosis development as well as in limiting the changes connected to chronic hyperglycaemia. Potential properties stimulating neuronal renewal, if proven, would find application in the treatment of various forms of dementia. If resveratrol is demonstrated to have clinically meaningful anti-sclerotic activity in humans, one potential application may be to reduce the burden of certain neurodegenerative disorders. In perspective of future findings, it is worth to consider the use of not only resveratrol alone but also its derivatives with preferable effects. Additional studies are essential to verify efficacy of resveratrol in conditions specified in the paper.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The findings demonstrate that Picris japonica has remarkable antidiabetic effect in diabetic KK-Ay mice, which suggests that Picris japonica may be beneficial to the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus."
The Integrative Journal of Global Health report "In the current study we observed an inverse association between acute coronary syndrome and vitamin D deficiency. Since Vitamin D deficiency is a potentially modifiable risk factor people with cardiovascular risk factors should be screened and treated accordingly. Patients getting admitted with acute coronary syndrome should be evaluated for vitamin D deficiency and accordingly supplementation should be recommended. Even the family members of patients should be explained regarding vitamin D in today’s perspective."
The Journal Planta Medica reports "Epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG), one of green tea polyphenols, has potential anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. .....It is reported that homocysteine is rapidly taken up by neurons through a specific membrane transporter, leading to high intracellular levels of homocysteine in many cerebrovascular diseases. The results of the present study aimed to clarify the mechanism underlying the protective effect of EGCG against the neurotoxicity of homocysteine in the brain. We demonstrated that IC injection of homocysteine induced spatial memory impairments, increased MDA and decreased GSH, activated glial cells, up-regulated cytokines, apoptosis and disrupted BBB. Treatment of EGCG effectively ameliorated the homocysteine-induced spatial memory deficits, attenuated the increased oxidative stress, reduced homocysteine-induced neuro-inflammation and neurodegeneration, and protected BBB integrity. These results indicated that EGCG effectively suppressed the neurotoxic effect of homocysteine in the brain....Our data suggest that EGCG could be a promising candidate for arresting homocysteine-induced neurodegeneration and neuro-inflammation in the brain.
The Journal of Integrative Medicine report "The findings of this review reveal that the practice of yoga has brought about, among other things, improvement in managing and reducing stress and anxiety. Despite the limitations in most, if not all of the studies reviewed, in terms of heterogeneity and sample size, yoga appears to be an effective modality for helping children cope with stress and anxiety. It appears that if schools in Malaysia can incorporate yoga as part of the physical education curriculum, it will definitely benefit the students."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "T'ai chi and qigong (TCQ) might be beneﬁcial with respect to physical performance, lung function, remission of dyspnea, and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); however, caution is needed about drawing a ﬁrm conclusion because of the low methodological quality of the included trials. More rigorous randomized controlled trials with larger sample sizes and longer treatment periods will be required in the future. Overall, TCQ are effective in COPD"
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