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A randomised double blind placebo controlled clinical trial of a standardised extract of fresh Crataegus berries in the treatment of patients with congestive heart failure NYHA II – Crataegisan

A randomised double blind placebo controlled clinical trial of a standardised extract of fresh Crataegus berries in the treatment of patients with congestive heart failure NYHA II – Crataegisan – Brief Article FH Degenring A placebo controlled, randomised, parallel group, multicentre trial conducted in accordance with the guidelines of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) shows the […]

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current understanding and progress toward integrative prevention

Alzheimer’s disease, amnestic mild cognitive impairment, and age-associated memory impairment: current understanding and progress toward integrative prevention Parris M. Kidd Abstract Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. AD initially targets memory and progressively destroys the mind. The brain atrophies as the neocortex suffers neuronal, synaptic, and dendritic losses, and the “hallmark” […]

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Lactobacillus sporogenes

Lactobacillus sporogenes – Monograph Description Lactobacillus sporogenes is a gram-positive, spore-forming, lactic-acid producing bacillus. It was originally isolated and described in 1933. The organism requires a complex mixture of organic substrates for growth, including fermentable carbohydrates and peptides. Pharmacokinetics Subsequent to oral administration, L. sporogenes passes through the stomach in its spore form and upon […]

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Impact of vitamin E and C supplementation on serum adhesion molecules in chronic degenerative aortic stenosis: a randomized controlled trial

Impact of vitamin E and C supplementation on serum adhesion molecules in chronic degenerative aortic stenosis: a randomized controlled trial M. Tahir Impact of vitamin E and C supplementation on serum adhesion molecules in chronic degenerative aortic stenosis: a randomized controlled trial. Tahir M, Foley B, Pate G, et al. Am Heart J 2005;150:302-306. BACKGROUND: […]

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Efficacy of kava-kava in the treatment of non-psychotic anxiety, following pretreatment with benzodiazepines

Efficacy of kava-kava in the treatment of non-psychotic anxiety, following pretreatment with benzodiazepines – Abstract A 5-week randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study was carried out to investigate the efficacy of kava-kava special extract WS(R)1490 in non-psychotic nervous anxiety, tension and restlessness states. During the first treatment week, the study dose drag was increased from 50 mg […]

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Microcirculatory efficacy of topical treatment with aescin plus essential phospholipids gel in venous insufficiency and hypertension: new clinical observations

Microcirculatory efficacy of topical treatment with aescin plus essential phospholipids gel in venous insufficiency and hypertension: new clinical observations G. Belcaro Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Dugall M. Angiology 2004;55:S1-S5. Aescin plus essential phospholipids (AEPL) topical gels are used for local treatment of venous and microcirculatory alterations (varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency). Bruises, swelling, thrombophlebitis, and […]

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Chondroitin sulfates

Chondroitin sulfates Introduction Chondroitin sulfates (CS), a class of glycosaminoglycans, are required for the formation of proteoglycans found in joint cartilage. It is believed they improve joint function by both enhancing endogenous synthesis and preventing enzymatic degradation of joint glycosaminoglycans. Evidence supports oral administration of chondroitin sulfates for degenerative joint disease, both as an agent […]

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Thiamine – Monograph

Thiamine – Monograph Introduction [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is a water-soluble, B-complex vitamin necessary for metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and tats. Thiamine is involved as a cofactor in numerous enzymes, and is essential in every cell for ATP production via the Krebs cycle. Biochemistry and Pharmacokinetics Thiamine functions as a coenzyme […]

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modulation by a polyphenolic extract from pine bark

Urinary catecholamines in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : modulation by a polyphenolic extract from pine bark M. Dvorakova Our study tested the hypothesis that treatment with a potent polyphenol complex not only reduces hyperactivity of children, but also catecholamine excretion and oxidative stress. Urine catecholamine concentrations were measured in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder […]

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Use of vitamin D in clinical practice

Use of vitamin D in clinical practice John J. Cannell Abstract The recent discovery–from a meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials–that supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D) significantly reduces all-cause mortality emphasizes the medical, ethical, and legal implications of promptly diagnosing and adequately treating vitamin D deficiency. Not only are such deficiencies common, and probably the rule, […]