The War On Bacteria -- Who Are We Really Harming?

This study was not an anomaly. There have been many papers published supporting these same ideas and it is not just confined to antibiotic use. Heartburn medication called Proton pump inhibitors are one of the most over-prescribed drugs today and absolutely wreak havoc on both human health and the health of intestinal bacteria. NSAIDS are another such drug. Of course there are situations where antibiotic use is justified and necessary but I have found the conventional medical community to be guilty of gross overprescription of these drugs. Patients are often given prescriptions for cold and flu when the reality is viral infections don't respond to this treatment. Antibiotics are frequently used preventatively, with doctors saying that it can't hurt-but it can. In many cases there are natural alternatives that spare gut bacteria. Diet and lifestyle changes can heal the underlying issue in many cases making medication unnecessary. It is time to consider the actual need and greater picture when making the decision to prescribe or take these drugs. (Don't) Let them eat cake! Unfortunately, medications aren't the only thing that negatively impact microbial communities. The #1 effector is diet and lifestyle. Nothing is more important than maintaining a healthful way of eating every day that will feed and energize the beneficial strains. Processed foods with high sugar and fat content will not support helpful bacterial strains and it won't enrich human existence either. Plants, f...
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Authors: Cao M, Zhou M, Zhang J Abstract Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) beyond second line treatment have a poor prognosis. Regorafenib, TAS-102, fruquintinib, panitumumab and cetuximab are recommended single-agent chemotherapy regimens for patients exhibiting disease progression, this meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of these regimens in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Eight RCTs with 3,832 cancer patients were included. Results showed that there was no significant difference in OS and PFS among the four drugs when comparing all patients or patients who have the KRAS ...
Source: Journal of Chemotherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Chemother Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The best of our knowledge it is the third description of brachial plexus schwannoma associated with breast cancer and the first with a synchronous association. The knowledge of this pathology and its potential to alter treatment justify the reporting of the present case. PMID: 32083563 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Breast Disease - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Breast Dis Source Type: research
In this study, dosimeters were used to measure the testicular dose with and without testicular shielding to verify the effect of shielding. Anthropomorphic phantoms representing a human were used to estimate the doses absorbed in testicular and whole-body studies. The anthropomorphic phantom was irradiated according to the treatment protocol for colorectal cancer. Measurements were made using optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeters (OSLDs), composed of carbon-doped aluminum oxide, with characteristics suitable for radiotherapy dosimetry studies. A set of OSLDs was placed on a testicular phantom, attached to the lower e...
Source: Radiation Physics and Chemistry - Category: Physics Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Colorectal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Transl Immunology Source Type: research
Authors: Herold A Abstract Hemorrhoidal disease is one of the most common illnesses in industrialized nations. Up to 70% of adults suffer from the disease once in their lifetime. This underlines the necessity and importance of knowing about the differential diagnosis of hemorrhoids. One can differentiate between differential diagnoses of symptoms (bleeding, pain, itching, tumor) and differential diagnoses of the phenotype findings (anal prolapse, mucosal prolapse and rectal prolapse, skin tags, hypertrophied anal papillae, condylomata acuminata, anal fissure, perianal venous thrombosis, anal cancer). PMID: 3207...
Source: Der Hautarzt: Zeitschrift fur Dermatologie, Venerologie, und verwandte Gebiete - Category: Dermatology Tags: Hautarzt Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 February 2020Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Maryam Ezzati, Bahman Yousefi, Kobra Velaei, Amin SafaAbstractBreast cancer is one of the well-known malignant tumors among women. In spite of attempts to classifying breast cancer according to its histological and molecular properties, it is almost considered as a dilemma in treatment. Nowadays, public and medical attentions have primary focused on foods with anti-cancer properties to alleviate the cancer problems. Flavonoid components such as Quercetin (Qu) as dietary substances with high attention of ordinary people might provide potentia...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
In this study, we will investigate the therapeutic effects of berberine (BBR) in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) induced chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG). Furthermore, potential mechanisms of BBR in regulating IRF8-IFN-γ signaling axis will also be investigated.Materials and methodsH. pylori were utilized to establish CAG model of rats. Therapeutic effects of BBR on serum supernatant indices, and histopathology of stomach were analyzed in vivo. Moreover, GES-1 cells were infected by H. pylori, and intervened with BBR in vitro. Cell viability, morphology, proliferation, and quantitative analysis were detected by high-...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
In this study, fluorescence emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) were employed to define the putative interaction sites and their accessibility for the biologically important metals of Irving William Series.Key findingsSeveral hotspot residues in the ZAG scaffold involved in these interactions were mapped and their binding affinity score for each metal has been determined. Their binding abilities of these sites and aggregation propensities of ZAG were monitored by fluorescence emission spectroscopy.SignificanceThe prediction of such binding affinity with metals on the active sites and its impact on the c...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: PolymerAuthor(s): Inès Hamouda, Cédric Labay, Maria Pau Ginebra, Erwan Nicol, Cristina CanalAbstractAtmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJ) have great potential in wound healing, bacterial disinfection and in cancer therapy. Recent studies pointed out that hydrogels can be used as screens during APPJ treatment, or even be used as reservoirs for reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generated by APPJ in liquids. Thus, novel applications are emerging for hydrogels which deserve fundamental exploration of the possible modifications undergone by the polyme...
Source: Polymer - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
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