Ability to Suppress TGF- β-Activated Myofibroblast Differentiation Distinguishes the Anti-pulmonary Fibrosis Efficacy of Two Danshen-Containing Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescriptions
Conclusion: This study suggests that a clinically efficacious cardiovascular Chinese herbal medicine (DLP) can be successfully repurposed to treat a lung disease in pulmonary fibrosis guided by TCM theory. Our comparative study between DLP and DHP demonstrated a critical requirement of suppressing both pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic pathways for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis, supporting that a multi-component prescription capable of “removing both phlegm and blood stasis” will better achieve co-protection of heart and lung in PHD. Introduction Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and life-threatening disease characterized by a progressive decline in lung function (Gross and Hunninghake, 2001). It is associated with an extremely poor prognosis and limited curative therapies (Raghu et al., 2011; Richeldi et al., 2017), causing the median survival time of patient from diagnosis to 2–4 years and very high lethality (Bjoraker et al., 1998; Ley et al., 2011; Richeldi et al., 2017). The pathogenesis of IPF was hypothesized to be due to the excessive deposition of dysregulated extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins leading to fibroblast proliferation and abnormal re-epithelialization, following alveolar injury and progressive respiratory failure (Wynn and Ramalingam, 2012). Since varieties of chronic respiratory diseases may be accompanied with the remodeling of right ventricle (Fishman, 1976), abnormal lung function also can affect the hea...
Publication date: Available online 21 January 2020Source: Genes &DiseasesAuthor(s): W.E.I. Zilun, Y.A.N.G. Yining, L.I. Qiaoling, Y.I.N. Yong, W.E.I. Zhonghai, Z.H.A.N.G. Wenfeng, M.U. Dan, N.I. Jie, S.U.N. Xuan, X.U. BiaoAbstract and KeywordsHypertension (HT) is the most common public-health challenge and shows a high incidence around the world. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity among the elderly (age> 65 years) in the United States. Now, there is widespread acceptance of the causal link between HT and acute myocardial infarction (MI). This is the first data-mining study to id...
ConclusionHigh levels of lifestyle-related cancer-risk behaviors were found in most of the Hong Kong construction workers studied. The present study contributes to understanding how cancer-related lifestyle risk behaviors cluster among construction workers and relative impact factors of risk behaviors. It is essential to tailor health behavior interventions focused on multiple risk behaviors among different groups for further enlarging the effects on cancer prevention.
Publication date: Available online 21 January 2020Source: Urology Case ReportsAuthor(s): Joseph Santiapillai, Sachin AgrawalAbstractA 61 year old gentleman had a large renal cyst, thought to be causing a ‘pseudo-hydrocalyx’ leading to recurrent stones. Definitive treatment with laparoscopic deroofing was planned, however intra-operatively this was abandoned due to complex anatomy and scared adherent tissue. Patient went on to have a flexible ureteroscopy and ‘through and through’ puncture of an intrarenal cyst with PCNL to treat his stones and renal cyst simultaneously. CT scan 12 months later showe...
We report one case, in which the patient presented to the emergency department with lower urinary tract symptoms, fever and consumptive syndrome. Acute prostatitis was initially suspected, but subsequently prostate adenocarcinoma was diagnosed.This case enables us to consider the possibility of prostate adenocarcinoma as the diagnose in patients with fever of unknown origin, and the role of procalcitonin to rule out the presence of infection.
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