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  1. Weight gain is common after breast cancer (BC) treatment and may increase the risk of disease recurrence. Complementary medicine (CM) use is high amongst BC patients. This paper describes the use of CM from a ...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Adele Elizabeth Cave, Dhevaksha Naidoo and John Boyages

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:332

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  2. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a modern refractory disease, and its etiology has been difficult to discern. Studies have shown that UC is closely associated with the gut microbiota. Garidisan is composed of wild p...

    Authors: Ling-yan Pei, Yu-shi Ke, Huan-hu Zhao, Wei-zhi Liu, Lin Wang, Chao Jia, Meng-ni Shi, Qian-hui Fu, Jian Cui and Shu-chun Li

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:329

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  3. In recent years, acupuncture has been increasingly integrated into pediatric care worldwide. However, recent epidemiological studies about pediatric users of acupuncture are lacking. The current study aimed to...

    Authors: Chieh Wang, Yu-Chen Lee, Mei-Yao Wu, Cheng-Li Lin, Mao-Feng Sun, Jaung-Geng Lin and Hung-Rong Yen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:328

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  4. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of Berberis vulgaris (BV) juice consumption on plasma levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), and the expression of P...

    Authors: Saeed Pirouzpanah, Sanaz Asemani, Ali Shayanfar, Behzad Baradaran and Vahid Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:324

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  5. Platycodon grandiflorum is a flowering plant that is used in traditional medicine for treating pulmonary and respiratory disorders. It exerts various pharmacological effects, including immunomodulatory and anti-c...

    Authors: Eun-Mi Noh, Jeong-Mi Kim, Hak Yong Lee, Hyun-Kyung Song, Sang Ok Joung, Hye Jeong Yang, Min Jung Kim, Kang Sung Kim and Young-Rae Lee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:322

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  6. This study aimed to develop and validate scales to assess attitudes towards patient’ s use of TCM (APUTCM) and to measure a communicative competence in TCM (CCTCM) among nurses.

    Authors: Hsiao-Yun Chang, Chia-Lun Lo and Yun-Ying Hung

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:321

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  7. Cerebral ischemia is the second-leading cause of death and the main cause of permanent adult disabilities worldwide. Qingkailing (QKL) injection, a patented Chinese medicine approved by the China Food and Drug...

    Authors: Chongyang Ma, Xueqian Wang, Tian Xu, Xue Yu, Shuang Zhang, Shuling Liu, Yushan Gao, Shuning Fan, Changxiang Li, Changming Zhai, Fafeng Cheng and Qingguo Wang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:320

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  8. ChondroT is a complex herbal medicine consisting of water extracts of Ostericum koreanum (Maxim.) Kitag., Lonicera japonica Thunb., Angelica gigas Nakai, Clematis manshurica Rupr., and Phellodendron amurense Rupr...

    Authors: Rui Hong Guo, Seon-Jong Kim, Chan-hun Choi, Chang-su Na, Bok Yun Kang and Young Ran Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:319

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  9. Altered cellular metabolism is considered to be one of the hallmarks of cancer (Coller, Am J Pathol 184:4–17, 2014; Kim and Bae, Curr Opin Hematol 25:52–59, 2018). However, few studies have investigated the ro...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Zi-ming Zhao, Yuan-liang Liu, Hua-feng Pan and Li-zhu Lin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:318

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  10. Doxorubicin (DOX) is a chemotherapy drug for malignant tumors. The clinical application of DOX is limited due to its dosage relative cardiotoxicity. Oxidative damage and cardiac inflammation appear to be invol...

    Authors: Sheng Zhang, Zhen-Qiang You, Lin Yang, Li-Li Li, You-Ping Wu, Li-Qiang Gu and Yan-Fei Xin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:317

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  11. Icariin (ICA) is the major active ingredient extracted from Chinese herbal medicine Epimedium, which has the effects of improving cardiovascular function, inducing tumor cell differentiation and increasing bon...

    Authors: Lingli Hu, Lulu Li, Hongying Zhang, Qiuping Li, Shan Jiang, Jian Qiu, Jing Sun and Jingcheng Dong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:316

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  12. Pseudomonas aeruginosa has become a main cause of Gram-negative infection, particularly in patients with compromised immunity. High rates of resistance to antibiotics are associated with nosocomial infections cau...

    Authors: Molly Mombeshora and Stanley Mukanganyama

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:315

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  13. Inflammation is recognized as the key pathological mechanism of type 2 diabetes. The hypoglyceamic effects of berberine (BBR) are related to the inhibition of the inflammatory response, but the mechanism is no...

    Authors: Jing Gong, Jingbin Li, Hui Dong, Guang Chen, Xin Qin, Meilin Hu, Fen Yuan, Ke Fang, Dingkun Wang, Shujun Jiang, Yan Zhao, Wenya Huang, Zhaoyi Huang and Fuer Lu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:314

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  14. Jianpi-yangwei (JPYW), a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), helps to nourish the stomach and spleen and is primarily used to treat functional declines related to aging. This study aimed to explore the antiagi...

    Authors: Liling Zeng, Zhimin Yang, Tianchan Yun, Shaoyi Fan, Zhong Pei, Ziwen Chen, Chen Sun and Fuping Xu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:313

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  15. Cervical cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related mortality in females. Coix lacryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen (Rom.Caill.) Stapf ex Hook. f. is the most widely recognized medicinal herb for its remedial e...

    Authors: Eun Suk Son, Se-Hee Kim, Young Ock Kim, Young Eun Lee, Sun Young Kyung, Sung Hwan Jeong, Yu Jin Kim and Jeong-Woong Park

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:312

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  16. To provide evidence for medical management of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in China based on comparisons of all clinical practical interventions using Bayesian network meta-analysis.

    Authors: Qingyang Shi, Lizi Tan, Chunxiang Liu, Huijun Wang, Junhua Zhang, Hui Wang and Jingbo Zhai

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:311

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  17. Heracleum moellendorffii roots (HM-R) have been long treated for inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, backache and fever. However, an anti-inflammatory effect and the specific mechanism of HM-R were not yet c...

    Authors: Ha Na Kim, Jeong Dong Kim, Joo Ho Yeo, Ho-Jun Son, Su Bin Park, Gwang Hun Park, Hyun Ji Eo and Jin Boo Jeong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:310

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  18. Sheng Mai San (SMS) has been proven to exhibit cardio-protective effects. This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms of SMS on hyperglycaemia (HG)-induced apoptosis in H9C2 cells.

    Authors: Bing Pang, Li-Wei Shi, Li-juan Du, Yun-Chu Li, Mei-Zhen Zhang and Qing Ni

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:309

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  19. Dental caries is a biofilm-diet-dependent worldwide public health problem, and approaches against microorganisms in cariogenic biofilms are necessary.

    Authors: Sabrina M. Ribeiro, Érick D. O. Fratucelli, Paula C. P. Bueno, Marlene Kelly V. de Castro, Amanda Alcalá Francisco, Alberto José Cavalheiro and Marlise I. Klein

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:308

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  20. Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav. (Asphodelaceae) has traditional reputability in treatment of diarrhea and constipation but no scientific study has been reported for its gastrointestinal effects. Present study was con...

    Authors: Naveed Aslam and Khalid Hussain Janbaz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:307

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  21. The chemical composition of many essential oils indicates that they have sedative and hypnotic effects, but there is still a lack of systematic studies on the sedative and hypnotic effects of essential oils. I...

    Authors: Yu Zhong, Qin Zheng, Pengyi Hu, Xiaoying Huang, Ming Yang, Guilin Ren, Qing Du, Jun Luo, Kenan Zhang, Jing Li, Haixia Wu, Yuanyuan Guo and Shanshan Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:306

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  22. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care (PC-CSHC) has emerged as a primary approach to health care. This care focuses on the cultural diversity of the patients rather than the views of the health car...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, Frauke Musial and Trine Stub

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:305

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  23. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of the Bolbostemma paniculatum (Maxim.) Franquet (BP) active compound, BP total saponins (BPTS), on MDA-MB-231 cells, and investigate the underlying mechani...

    Authors: Jian-Wei Dou, Rong-Guo Shang, Xiao-Qin Lei, Kang-Le Li, Zhan-Zi Guo, Kai Ye, Xiao-Juan Yang, Yu-Wei Li, Yun-Yun Zhou, Jia Yao and Qian Huang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:304

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  24. Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogen that causes oral candidiasis and denture stomatitis. It has also been reported to infect oral mucositis lesions in patients who suffer from cancer affecting the head ...

    Authors: Marie-Pier Veilleux and Daniel Grenier

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:303

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  25. Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that Tables 3 and 4 were incorrect due to a production error.

    Authors: Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Ali Almajwal and Muhammad Rashid Khan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:302

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    The original article was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:49

  26. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among infertile women is popular in many countries, including Korea. Previous research has repeatedly found more than half of infertile women surveyed use CAM t...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yi Young Kim, Hyea Bin Im and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:301

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  27. Both doctors’ and patients’ opinions are important in the process of treatment and healthcare of Chinese medicine. This study is to compare patients’ and doctors’ treatment satisfaction over the course of two ...

    Authors: Yanhong Zhang, Jiqian Fang, Wei Gao, Ying Han, Runshun Zhang, Liyun He and Baoyan Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:300

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  28. Physical identical and pharmacological inert are the basic requirements for placebo design, which are essential in clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention. However, it is difficult to makeu...

    Authors: Xuan Zhang, Ran Tian, Chen Zhao, Xudong Tang, Aiping Lu and Zhaoxiang Bian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:299

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  29. For decades, bioprospecting has proven to be useful for the identification of compounds with pharmacological potential. Considering the great diversity of Colombian plants and the serious worldwide public heal...

    Authors: Andrea Isabel Trujillo-Correa, Diana Carolina Quintero-Gil, Fredyc Diaz-Castillo, Winston Quiñones, Sara M. Robledo and Marlen Martinez-Gutierrez

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:298

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  30. Radix isatidis (Isatis indigotica Fort.) is an ancient medicinal herb, which has been applied to the prevention and treatment of influenza virus since ancient times. In recent years, the antioxidant activity of R...

    Authors: Ping Xiao, Hongzhi Huang, Xiang Li, Jianwei Chen and Jin-ao Duan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:297

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  31. Bergenia ciliata is a medicinal plant used for the treatment of diarrhea, vomiting, fever, cough, diabetes, cancer, pulmonary disorders and wound healing.

    Authors: Roheena Zafar, Habib Ullah, Muhammad Zahoor and Abdul Sadiq

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:296

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  32. NGF-TrkA is well known to play a key role in propagating and sustaining pruritogenic signals, which form the pathology of chronic pruritus. Inhibition of NGF-TrkA is a known strategy for the treatment of pruri...

    Authors: Yueling Zhong, Hong Xu, Yi Zhong, Xuemiao Zhang, Ting Zeng, Limei Li, Gaojie Xu, Minhui Li, Jin Liu and Tai Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:295

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  33. Obesity and dyslipidemia are major risk factors associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD refers to the accumulation of fat in more than 5% of the liver without alcohol consumption. NAFL...

    Authors: Chattraya Ngamlerst, Arunwan Udomkasemsab, Ratchanee Kongkachuichai, Karunee Kwanbunjan, Chaowanee Chupeerach and Pattaneeya Prangthip

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:294

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  34. Numerous health benefits have been demonstrated for curcumin which is extracted from turmeric (Curcuma longa L). However, due to its poor absorption in the free form in the gastrointestinal tract and rapid biotra...

    Authors: Sidney J. Stohs, C. Y. O. Chen, Harry G. Preuss, Sidhartha D. Ray, Luke R. Bucci, Jin Ji and Kevin J. Ruff

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:293

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  35. The herbal medicine Bryophyllum pinnatum has been used as a tocolytic agent in anthroposophic medicine and, recently, in conventional settings alone or as an add-on medication with tocolytic agents such as atosib...

    Authors: S. Santos, C. Haslinger, M. Mennet, U. von Mandach, M. Hamburger and A. P. Simões-Wüst

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:292

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  36. Vaccinium oldhamii (V. oldhamii) has been reported to exert a variety of the pharmacological properties such as anti-oxidant activity, anti-cancer activity, and inhibitory activity of α-amylase and acetylcholines...

    Authors: Ha Na Kim, Jueng Kyu Baek, Su Bin Park, Jeong Dong Kim, Ho-Jun Son, Gwang Hun Park, Hyun Ji Eo, Jae Ho Park, Hyuk-Sang Jung and Jin Boo Jeong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:291

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  37. Nigella sativa or commonly known as black seed or black cumin is one of the most ubiquitous complementary medicine. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) of type 2 is defined by the balance between wound hea...

    Authors: Abid Nordin, Haziq Kamal, Muhammad Dain Yazid, Aminuddin Saim and Ruszymah Idrus

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:290

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  38. Natural extracts with beneficial biological activities are nowadays of high interest, in various treatment or prophylaxis. Hypericum capitatum has been known for its curative effects for centuries and its extract...

    Authors: Anca D. Farcas, Augustin C. Mot, Cezara Zagrean-Tuza, Madalina Ticolea, Bogdan Sevastre, Muhittin Kulak, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu and Alina Parvu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:289

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  39. Extracts from medicinal plants with phytochemicals with known antimicrobial properties can be an effective adjunct in the complex treatment of infectious diseases. This study aimed to evaluate the antimicrobia...

    Authors: Aliya S. Mamatova, Izabela Korona-Glowniak, Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak, Aleksandra Józefczyk, Krzysztof K. Wojtanowski, Tomasz Baj, Zuriyadda B. Sakipova and Anna Malm

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:288

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  40. Sarcopenia, the decline of skeletal muscle tissue attributed to primary aging is a major concern in older adults. Flavonoids might have potential benefits by modulating the regulation of satellite cells, thus ...

    Authors: Jin-A Kim, Seong Min Kim, Sang Eun Ha, Preethi Vetrivel, Venu Venkatarame Gowda Saralamma, Eun Hee Kim and Gon Sup Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:287

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  41. Edible insects, including Oxya chinensis sinuosa Mishchenko (Oc), which is consumed as food in Asia, are considered as a human food shortage alternative, and also as a preventive measure against environmental des...

    Authors: A-Rang Im, InWha Park, Kon-Young Ji, Joo Young Lee, Ki Mo Kim, MinKyun Na and Sungwook Chae

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:286

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  42. Electroacupuncture (EA) is often used in clinical settings due to its analgesic effect, but its safety has not been verified due to the lack of clear criteria. This study examined the critical range of the cor...

    Authors: Kwang-Ho Choi, Sun Hee Yeon, Seong Jin Cho, O Sang Kwon, Sanghun Lee, Su Yeon Seo, Suk-Yun Kang and Yeonhee Ryu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:285

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  43. Stem bark of Luehea ochrophylla (L. ochrophylla) is used by the traditional Brazilian medicine for treatment of rheumatic diseases and tumors. This study aimed to investigate inhibition of acute and chronic infla...

    Authors: Clináscia Rodrigues Rocha Araújo, Thiago de Melo Silva, Michaelle Geralda dos Santos, Marcelo Henrique Fernandes Ottoni, Elaine Maria de Souza Fagundes, Humberto de Sousa Fontoura, Gustavo Eustáquio Brito Alvim de Melo and Antônio Flávio de Carvalho Alcântara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:284

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  44. A potato protein hydrolysate, APPH is a potential anti-obesity diet ingredient. Since, obesity leads to deterioration of liver function and associated liver diseases, in this study the effect of APPH on high f...

    Authors: Shibu Marthandam Asokan, Tsu-Han Hung, Zong-Yan Li, Wen-Dee Chiang and Wan-Teng Lin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:283

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  45. Aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of scalp, tongue, and Jin’s 3-needle acupuncture for the improvement of postapoplectic aphasia.

    Authors: He-yong Tang, Wei Tang, Feng Yang, Wei-wei Wu and Guo-ming Shen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:282

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  46. Cedrus deodara (Roxb.) Loud (normally called as deodar), one out of four species in the genus Cedrus, exhibits widely biological activities. The Cedrus deodara total lignans from the pine needles (CTL) were extra...

    Authors: Xiaofeng Shi, Ruiqin Du, Junmin Zhang, Yanping Lei and Hongyun Guo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:281

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  47. Peritoneal fibrosis (PF) remains a serious complication of long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD). The goal of this study was to investigate the anti-fibrotic effects of curcumin on the PF response to PD and its’ ...

    Authors: Jun-Li Zhao, Ting Zhang, Xia Shao, Jun-Jun Zhu and Mei-Zi Guo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:280

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  48. Rapid emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) organisms in hospital and community settings often result into treatment failure, thus leading the clinicians with fewer treatment options. Cyathea gigantea, an ethnom...

    Authors: Kathakali Nath, Anupam Das Talukdar, Mrinal Kanti Bhattacharya, Deepshikha Bhowmik, Shiela Chetri, Debarati Choudhury, Abhijit Mitra and Nargis Alom Choudhury

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:279

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  49. Recent epidemiological and experimental studies suggest that cadmium and diabetes-related hyperglycemia may act synergistically to worsen metabolic regulation. The present study aims to evaluate the potential ...

    Authors: Mohammad Nazmul Hasan, Farah Sabrin, Begum Rokeya, Md Shahinul Haque Khan, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Abel Matondo, Md Morsaline Billah and Salima Akter

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:278

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  50. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) play an important role in clinical practice, and they require appropriate evaluation, especially in application. This study explores the application evaluation method of CPG...

    Authors: Huayang Cai, Hui Li, Huizhen Zeng, Danping Xu, Wenwei Ouyang and Aiping Lv

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:277

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