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Clinical Manifestation and Management of ADPKD in Western Countries.

Related Articles Clinical Manifestation and Management of ADPKD in Western Countries. Kidney Dis (Basel). 2016 Oct;2(3):120-127 Authors: Sommerer C, Zeier M Abstract BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease. Whereas the EMA approved the release of tolvaptan, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested further data on side effects and the selection of patient cohorts who may benefit from treatment. SUMMARY: This review focused on advances in the management and treatment of ADPKD in Western countries. KEY MESSAGE: ADPKD represents the fourth most common cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in Western countries. ADPKD is a multisystemic disease characterized by the progressive development of bilateral renal cysts, resulting in enlargement of the kidney volume due to cystic formations, hypertension, hematuria, and loss of renal function. ADPKD is associated with high inter- and intrafamilial variability in disease appearance and progression. Patients with PKD1 mutations typically have a more severe phenotype than those with PKD2 mutations. ADPKD is under intensive investigation. Vasopressin and the associated cyclic adenosine monophosphate-related signaling pathways have been demonstrated to be important contributors to cyst growth in ADPKD. Supportive treatments are recommended with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality associated with disease manifestations. In the past years, several agents have been investigated in ADPKD patients, including mTOR inhibitors, somatostatin analogs, statins, and vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists. FACTS FROM EAST AND WEST: (1) ADPKD is diagnosed globally by ultrasound detection of kidney enlargement and presence of cysts. Recent analyses of variants of the PKD1 and PKD2 genes by next-generation sequencing in Chinese and Western ADPKD patients might lead to the development of reliable genetic tests. (2) Besides lifestyle changes (low-salt diet, sufficient fluid intake, and no smoking), blood pressure control is the primary nonspecific treatment recommended by Kidney Disease - Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) for ADPKD patients. How low the blood pressure target should be and what the means of achieving it are remain open questions depending on the severity of chronic kidney disease and the age of the patients. In a recent Chinese study, diagnostic needle aspiration and laparoscopic unroofing surgery successfully improved infection, pain, and hypertension. Peritoneal dialysis was found to be a feasible treatment for most Chinese ADPKD patients with ESRD. In most Western centers, patients without contraindication are selected for peritoneal dialysis. Kidney transplantation with concurrent bilateral nephrectomy was successful in relieving hypertension and infection in Chinese ADPKD patients. In Western countries, sequential surgical intervention with kidney transplantation after nephrectomy, or the other way round, is preferred in order to reduce risks. (3) The vasopressin 2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan was approved in Europe, Canada, Japan, and Korea to slow down progression of kidney disease in ADPKD patients. Tolvaptan is not yet approved in the USA or in China. mTOR pathway-targeting drugs are currently under evaluation: mTOR inhibitors could slow down the increase in total kidney volume in a cohort of Western and Japanese ADPKD patients. Western studies as well as an ongoing study in China failed to show benefit from rapamycin. A study performed in Italy indicates protective effects of the somatostatin analog octreotide in ADPKD patients. Western and Chinese studies revealed a potential beneficial effect of triptolide, the active substance of the traditional Chinese medicine Tripterygium wilfordii (Lei Gong Teng) to prevent worsening in ADPKD patients. PMID: 27921039 [PubMed - in process]

Daikenchuto (TU-100) Suppresses Tumor Development in the Azoxymethane and APC(min/+) Mouse Models of Experimental Colon Cancer.

Related Articles Daikenchuto (TU-100) Suppresses Tumor Development in the Azoxymethane and APC(min/+) Mouse Models of Experimental Colon Cancer. Phytother Res. 2017 Jan;31(1):90-99 Authors: Hasebe T, Matsukawa J, Ringus D, Miyoshi J, Hart J, Kaneko A, Yamamoto M, Kono T, Fujiya M, Kohgo Y, Wang CZ, Yuan CS, Bissonnette M, Musch MW, Chang EB Abstract Chemopreventative properties of traditional medicines and underlying mechanisms of action are incompletely investigated. This study demonstrates that dietary daikenchuto (TU-100), comprised of ginger, ginseng, and Japanese pepper effectively suppresses intestinal tumor development and progression in the azoxymethane (AOM) and APC(min/+) mouse models. For the AOM model, TU-100 was provided after the first of six biweekly AOM injections. Mice were sacrificed at 30 weeks. APC(min/+) mice were fed diet without or with TU-100 starting at 6 weeks, and sacrificed at 24 weeks. In both models, dietary TU-100 decreased tumor size. In APC (min/+) mice, the number of small intestinal tumors was significantly decreased. In the AOM model, both TU-100 and Japanese ginseng decreased colon tumor numbers. Decreased Ki-67 and β-catenin immunostaining and activation of numerous transduction pathways involved in tumor initiation and progression were observed. EGF receptor expression and stimulation/phosphorylation in vitro were investigated in C2BBe1 cells. TU-100, ginger, and 6-gingerol suppressed EGF receptor induced Akt activation. TU-100 and ginseng and to a lesser extent ginger or 6-gingerol inhibited EGF ERK1/2 activation. TU-100 and some of its components and metabolites of these components inhibit tumor progression in two mouse models of colon cancer by blocking downstream pathways of EGF receptor activation. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID: 27730672 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sustaining Effect of Intensive Nutritional Intervention Combined with Health Education on Dietary Behavior and Plasma Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients.

Related Articles Sustaining Effect of Intensive Nutritional Intervention Combined with Health Education on Dietary Behavior and Plasma Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients. Nutrients. 2016 Sep 13;8(9): Authors: Fan R, Xu M, Wang J, Zhang Z, Chen Q, Li Y, Gu J, Cai X, Guo Q, Bao L, Li Y Abstract Diabetes mellitus is very common in elderly Chinese individuals. Although nutritional intervention can provide a balanced diet, the sustaining effect on at-home dietary behavior and long-term plasma glucose control is not clear. Consequently, we conducted a long-term survey following one month of experiential nutritional intervention combined with health education. Based on the Dietary Guidelines for a Chinese Resident, we found that the food items met the recommended values, the percentages of energy provided from fat, protein, and carbohydrate were more reasonable after one year. The newly formed dietary patterns were "Healthy", "Monotonous", "Vegetarian", "Japanese", "Low energy", and "Traditional" diets. The 2h-PG of female participants as well as those favoring the "Japanese diet" decreased above 12 mmol/L. Participants who selected "Japanese" and "Healthy" diets showed an obvious reduction in FPG while the FPG of participants from Group A declined slightly. "Japanese" and "Healthy" diets also obtained the highest DDP scores, and thus can be considered suitable for T2DM treatment in China. The results of the newly formed dietary patterns, "Japanese" and "Healthy" diets, confirmed the profound efficacy of nutritional intervention combined with health education for improving dietary behavior and glycemic control although health education played a more important role. The present study is encouraging with regard to further exploration of comprehensive diabetes care. PMID: 27649232 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Cultural factors influencing dietary and fluid restriction behaviour: perceptions of older Chinese patients with heart failure.

Related Articles Cultural factors influencing dietary and fluid restriction behaviour: perceptions of older Chinese patients with heart failure. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Mar;26(5-6):717-726 Authors: Rong X, Peng Y, Yu HP, Li D Abstract AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore the cultural factors related to dietary and fluid restriction behaviours among older Chinese patients. BACKGROUND: Excess dietary sodium and fluid intake are risk factors contributing to the worsening and rehospitalisation for heart failure in older patients. Managing the complex fluid and diet requirements of heart failure patients is challenging and is made more complicated by cultural variations in self-management behaviours in response to a health threat. DESIGN: Qualitative study using semi-structured in interviews and framework analysis. METHODS: The design of this study is qualitative descriptive. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 heart failure patients. Data were analysed through content analysis. RESULTS: Seven cultural themes emerged from the qualitative data: the values placed on health and illness, customary way of life, preference for folk care and the Chinese healthcare system, and factors related to kinship and social ties, religion, economics and education. CONCLUSIONS: Dietary change and management in response to illness, including heart failure, is closely related to individuals' cultural background. Healthcare providers should have a good understanding of cultural aspects that can influence patients' conformity to medical recommendations. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Heart failure patients need support that considers their cultural needs. Healthcare providers must have a good understanding of the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. PMID: 27532343 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Comparison of lipid parameters to predict cardiovascular events in Japanese mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemic patients with and without type 2 diabetes: Subanalysis of the MEGA study.

Related Articles Comparison of lipid parameters to predict cardiovascular events in Japanese mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemic patients with and without type 2 diabetes: Subanalysis of the MEGA study. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2016 Mar;113:14-22 Authors: Sone H, Nakagami T, Nishimura R, Tajima N, MEGA Study Group Abstract AIMS: To determine whether specific lipid parameters are better predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Japanese mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemic patients with and without diabetes. METHODS: Mildly or moderately hypercholesterolemic patients with no history of CVD received diet therapy or diet therapy plus pravastatin. In this post-hoc subanalysis, 5-year data from 3170 patients (668 diabetes, 2502 non-diabetes) on diet therapy alone were used to compare lipid parameters as predictors of CVD. We examined the data by tertiles, using hazard ratio (HR) per one-standard deviation (SD) increment (decrease for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, HDL-C), χ(2) value, receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, and spline analysis. RESULTS: In mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemic patients with diabetes, increased total cholesterol (TC)/HDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)/HDL-C and decreased HDL-C were strongly associated with increased incidence of CVD (tertile analysis). In non-diabetes, increased non-HDL-C, and LDL-C/HDL-C were significantly associated with increased incidence of CVD. A one-SD decrease in HDL-C and a one-SD increment in non-HDL-C, TC/HDL-C, and LDL-C/HDL-C were significantly associated with increased HRs for CVD in both diabetes and non-diabetes. Linear CVD risk increases were found for non-HDL-C in diabetes and for non-HDL-C and HDL-C in non-diabetes (spline analysis). CONCLUSIONS: In mild-to-moderate hypercholesterolemia, CVD risk prediction by stratifications of single or combination of traditional lipid parameter values illustrates various patterns. Parameters including HDL-C are better predictors of cardiovascular risk than only using TC or LDL-C alone. Non-HDL-C could be the most useful lipid parameter to assess CVD risk, considering it is easy to calculate and less affected by food intake. PMID: 26972955 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Gender difference on the association between dietary patterns and metabolic syndrome in Korean population.

Related Articles Gender difference on the association between dietary patterns and metabolic syndrome in Korean population. Eur J Nutr. 2016 Oct;55(7):2321-30 Authors: Kang Y, Kim J Abstract PURPOSE: Dietary patterns are found to be associated with metabolic risk factors. We explored gender difference on the association between dietary patterns and the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the general Korean population. METHOD: A total of 13,410 Korean adults (aged ≥19 years, 5384 men and 8026 women) who participated in the fifth KNHANES were studied. Dietary intake was assessed by the 24-h recall method. MetS was defined by the joint interim statement of the International Diabetes Federation and the American Heart Association/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Multivariable-adjusted logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the relationship between dietary pattern and MetS and its components by gender. RESULTS: Three dietary patterns were derived using factor analysis by sex: traditional, Westernized, and healthy. The traditional pattern was positively associated with hypertriglyceridemia (P for trend = 0.0098), low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (P for trend = 0.0007), elevated blood pressure (P for trend = 0.0328), and MetS (P for trend = 0.0003) in women only after adjusting for age, body mass index, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle factors. In contrast, the healthy pattern (HP) was negatively associated with abdominal obesity (P for trend = 0.0051) in women. For men, the HP was negatively associated with hypertriglyceridemia (P for trend = 0.0025) after adjustment for potential confounders. The Westernized pattern was not associated with MetS or its components in either men or women. CONCLUSION: There may be gender differences on the relationship between dietary patterns and metabolic risk factors in Korean population. PMID: 26659071 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The Difference in Nutrient Intakes between Chinese and Mediterranean, Japanese and American Diets.

Related Articles The Difference in Nutrient Intakes between Chinese and Mediterranean, Japanese and American Diets. Nutrients. 2015 Jun 09;7(6):4661-88 Authors: Zhang R, Wang Z, Fei Y, Zhou B, Zheng S, Wang L, Huang L, Jiang S, Liu Z, Jiang J, Yu Y Abstract Across countries, the predominant diets are clearly different and highly related with human health. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate dietary nutrients between them. This study aimed to evaluate dietary nutrients in China and compare those between Chinese and Mediterranean (Italian), Japanese and American diets. Dietary intakes of 2659 subjects in south-east China, Zhejiang province, from 2010 to 2012, were estimated by three consecutive 24-h dietary recalls. The contribution of carbohydrate to total energy in Chinese subjects was lower than that in Japanese and American subjects, but higher than that in Italian subjects. However, the energy contribution from fat in Chinese subjects was higher than that in Japanese and American subjects, and similar to that in Italian subjects. Moreover, the Chinese diet had lower daily intakes of fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C, compared with the Japanese, American and Italian diets. Nevertheless, intakes of sodium, iron, copper and vitamin E were higher among Chinese people relative to the people of other three countries. The present study demonstrated that the structure of the Chinese diet has been shifting away from the traditional diet toward high-fat, low-carbohydrate and low-fiber diets, and nutrients intakes in Chinese people have been changing even worse than those in American people. PMID: 26066014 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Socio-cultural influences on the behaviour of South Asian women with diabetes in pregnancy: qualitative study using a multi-level theoretical approach.

Related Articles Socio-cultural influences on the behaviour of South Asian women with diabetes in pregnancy: qualitative study using a multi-level theoretical approach. BMC Med. 2015 May 21;13:120 Authors: Greenhalgh T, Clinch M, Afsar N, Choudhury Y, Sudra R, Campbell-Richards D, Claydon A, Hitman GA, Hanson P, Finer S Abstract BACKGROUND: Diabetes in pregnancy is common in South Asians, especially those from low-income backgrounds, and leads to short-term morbidity and longer-term metabolic programming in mother and offspring. We sought to understand the multiple influences on behaviour (hence risks to metabolic health) of South Asian mothers and their unborn child, theorise how these influences interact and build over time, and inform the design of culturally congruent, multi-level interventions. METHODS: Our sample for this qualitative study was 45 women of Bangladeshi, Indian, Sri Lankan, or Pakistani origin aged 21-45 years with a history of diabetes in pregnancy, recruited from diabetes and antenatal services in two deprived London boroughs. Overall, 17 women shared their experiences of diabetes, pregnancy, and health services in group discussions and 28 women gave individual narrative interviews, facilitated by multilingual researchers, audiotaped, translated, and transcribed. Data were analysed using the constant comparative method, drawing on sociological and narrative theories. RESULTS: Key storylines (over-arching narratives) recurred across all ethnic groups studied. Short-term storylines depicted the experience of diabetic pregnancy as stressful, difficult to control, and associated with negative symptoms, especially tiredness. Taking exercise and restricting diet often worsened these symptoms and conflicted with advice from relatives and peers. Many women believed that exercise in pregnancy would damage the fetus and drain the mother's strength, and that eating would be strength-giving for mother and fetus. These short-term storylines were nested within medium-term storylines about family life, especially the cultural, practical, and material constraints of the traditional South Asian wife and mother role and past experiences of illness and healthcare, and within longer-term storylines about genetic, cultural, and material heritage - including migration, acculturation, and family memories of food insecurity. While peer advice was familiar, meaningful, and morally resonant, health education advice from clinicians was usually unfamiliar and devoid of cultural meaning. CONCLUSIONS: 'Behaviour change' interventions aimed at preventing and managing diabetes in South Asian women before and during pregnancy are likely to be ineffective if delivered in a socio-cultural vacuum. Individual education should be supplemented with community-level interventions to address the socio-material constraints and cultural frames within which behavioural 'choices' are made. PMID: 25998551 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

[The role of fractional nitric oxide in exhaled breath (FeNO) in clinical practice of asthma].

Related Articles [The role of fractional nitric oxide in exhaled breath (FeNO) in clinical practice of asthma]. Rinsho Byori. 2014 Dec;62(12):1226-33 Authors: Nagase H Abstract The measurement of FeNO (fractional nitric oxide concentration in exhaled breath) is a noninvasive method to assess airway inflammation. The elevated level of FeNO in asthma patients was first reported in 1993, and measurement has been covered by insurance in Japan since April 2013. NO is generated through the conversion of L-arginine to L-citrulline by the action of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and iNOS is highly expressed in asthmatic airways. FeNO is expiratory flow-ependent, and measurement at 50 mL/s is recommended. As a nitrate-rich diet and the contamination of nasal NO increase, and smoking and spirometry decrease FeNO, these factors should be avoided or taken into account when measuring FeNO. For clinical application, FeNO may be used for the diagnosis or as a guide to treat asthma. Although FeNO correlates well with eosinophilic airway inflammation, it is not present in all asthma patients, and eosinophilic bronchitis or a part of COPD also shows eosinophilic inflammation. Thus, FeNO may be used as an adjunct for asthma diagnosis, and in ATS guideline, it is recommended to use FeNO for the diagnosis of eosinophilic airway inflammation and determining the likelihood of responsiveness to steroids. Several studies attempted to use FeNO to determine the dose of ICS (inhaled corticosteroids) and compared FeNO with traditional guideline-based management. The results were inconsistent, and the Cochrane review found that FeNO-based treatment did not lead to a reduction in the ICS dose or improved asthma outcomes. Nevertheless, a study of a pregnant woman showed reduced exacerbations with a refined algorithm, and further research will shed light on the appropriate application of FeNO measurement for asthma management. In this paper, the mechanism of NO generation, background and method of FeNO measurement, and clinical application will be reviewed and an outline of the official ATS clinical practice guideline will be introduced. PMID: 25823239 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for functional dyspepsia.

Related Articles Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for functional dyspepsia. J Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb;50(2):125-39 Authors: Miwa H, Kusano M, Arisawa T, Oshima T, Kato M, Joh T, Suzuki H, Tominaga K, Nakada K, Nagahara A, Futagami S, Manabe N, Inui A, Haruma K, Higuchi K, Yakabi K, Hongo M, Uemura N, Kinoshita Y, Sugano K, Shimosegawa T, Japanese Society of Gastroenterology Abstract General interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders is increasing among Japanese doctors as well as patients. This increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including recent increased interest in quality of life and advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of gastrointestinal disease. Japan recently became the world's first country to list "functional dyspepsia" as a disease name for national insurance billing purposes. However, recognition and understanding of functional dyspepsia (FD) remain poor, and no standard treatment strategy has yet been established. Accordingly, the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology (JSGE) developed an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for FD, consisting of five sections: concept, definition, and epidemiology; pathophysiology; diagnosis; treatment; and prognosis and complications. This article summarizes the Japanese guideline, with particular focus on the treatment section. Once a patient is diagnosed with FD, the doctor should carefully explain the pathophysiology and benign nature of this condition, establish a good doctor-patient relationship, and then provide advice for daily living (diet and lifestyle modifications, explanations, and reassurance). The proposed pharmacological treatment is divided into two steps: initial treatment including an acid inhibitory drug (H2RA or PPI) or prokinetics, (strong recommendation); second-line treatment including anxiolytics, antidepressants, and Japanese traditional medicine (weak recommendation). H. pylori eradication, strongly recommended with a high evidence level, is positioned separately from other treatment flows. Conditions that do not respond to these treatment regimens are regarded as refractory FD. Patients will be further examined for other organic disorders or will be referred to specialists using other approaches such as psychosomatic treatment. PMID: 25586651 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The experiences and needs of Chinese-Canadian stroke survivors and family caregivers as they re-integrate into the community.

Related Articles The experiences and needs of Chinese-Canadian stroke survivors and family caregivers as they re-integrate into the community. Health Soc Care Community. 2015 Sep;23(5):523-31 Authors: Yeung EH, Szeto A, Richardson D, Lai SH, Lim E, Cameron JI Abstract Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and community re-integration is a priority for stroke rehabilitation. In North America, we have a growing population of individuals whose first language is not English. Little is known about the experiences of visible minorities living in North America as they re-integrate into the community post stroke or how these experiences change over time. Specifically, this research aimed to explore the experiences and needs of Chinese stroke survivors and family caregivers as they return to community living using the Timing it Right Framework as a conceptual guide. We recruited Cantonese-speaking stroke survivors and family caregivers from outpatient rehabilitation programmes. Using qualitative interviews conducted in Cantonese or English, we examined their experiences and needs as they return to community living and explored the influence of culture and time on their experiences. The interviews were transcribed and translated, and then analysed using framework analysis. Using framework analysis, we coded the data corresponding to the phases of the Timing it Right framework to determine the influence of time on the themes. We interviewed five Cantonese-speaking stroke survivors and 13 caregivers in 2009. We identified two main themes: (i) Participants' education and support needs change over time and (ii) Chinese resources are needed across care environments. These resources include access to care in their preferred language, traditional Chinese medicine, and Chinese food during their recovery and rehabilitation. To optimise Chinese stroke survivors' and caregivers' community re-integration, healthcare professionals should provide timely and accessible education and be aware of the role of Chinese diet and traditional medicine in stroke survivors' rehabilitation. PMID: 25443438 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Pulverized konjac glucomannan ameliorates oxazolone-induced colitis in mice.

Related Articles Pulverized konjac glucomannan ameliorates oxazolone-induced colitis in mice. Eur J Nutr. 2015 Sep;54(6):959-69 Authors: Onitake T, Ueno Y, Tanaka S, Sagami S, Hayashi R, Nagai K, Hide M, Chayama K Abstract PURPOSE: Pulverized konjac glucomannan (PKGM) is a natural biologically active compound extracted from konjac, a Japanese traditional food. In the present study, we investigated the role of PKGM in intestinal immunity in a mouse model of oxazolone (OXA)-induced colitis. METHODS: C57BL/6(B6) mice were fed PKGM or control food from 2 weeks before the induction of OXA colitis. Body weight change, colon length, and histological change in the colon were examined. The mononuclear cells were purified from colon and stimulated with PMA/ionomycin. The levels of TNF-α, interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4, and IL-13 from the supernatant were measured by ELISA. RESULTS: Oral administration of PKGM prevented the body weight loss and shortening of colon length associated with OXA-induced colitis. Histological analysis revealed that the colonic inflammation was improved by the administration of PKGM. The levels of IL-4 and IL-13, the critical inflammatory cytokines in OXA colitis, derived from mononuclear cells from the lamina propria of the colon were significantly suppressed by PKGM administration. PKGM-fed mice showed a significantly lower IL-4/IFN-γ ratio in the colonic lamina propria compared with that in control-fed mice. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis revealed that natural killer (NK) 1.1(+) T cells in the liver were significantly decreased in PKGM-fed mice. Finally, the preventive role of PKGM in OXA-induced colitis was not observed in invariant natural killer T cell-deficient mice. CONCLUSIONS: PKGM ameliorated OXA-induced colitis in mice. This effect is associated with a decreased population of NK1.1(+) T cells and induction of Th1-polarized immune responses. PMID: 25253162 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The effect of 'sleep high and train low' on weight loss in overweight Chinese adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

Related Articles The effect of 'sleep high and train low' on weight loss in overweight Chinese adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Jun 25;15:250 Authors: Wang R, Liu D, Wang X, Xiao W, Wu N, Gao B, Chen P Abstract BACKGROUND: Exercise and diet are the cornerstones for the treatment of obesity in obese children and adolescents. However, compensatory changes in appetite and energy expenditure elicited by exercise and dieting make it hard to maintain a reduced weight over the longterm. The anorexic effect of hypoxia can be potentially utilized to counteract this compensatory increase, thereby enhancing the success of weight loss. The purpose of the study is to assess the effectiveness of four week intermittent hypoxia exposure added to a traditional exercise and diet intervention on inducing short- and longterm weight loss in obese adolescents. METHODS/DESIGN: In this randomized parallel group controlled clinical trial, 40 obese adolescents (20 boys and 20 girls, 11 to 15-years-old), will be recruited from a summer weight loss camp at the Shanghai University of Sport, China. Participants will be stratified by gender and randomly assigned to either the control group or the hypoxia group. During the four-week intervention period, both groups will exercise and eat a balanced diet. Additionally, the control group will sleep in normal conditions, while the hypoxia group will sleep in a normobaric hypoxia chamber (sleep high and train low). The primary outcome will be body composition and the main secondary outcomes will be the circulating levels of appetite regulatory gastrointestinal hormones. All the outcome measures will be assessed at baseline, after the four-week intervention, and at two months follow-up. DISCUSSION: Our study will be the first to evaluate the effectiveness of 'sleep high and train low' on short- and longterm weight loss among obese adolescents. A potential mechanism for the appetite regulatory effect of hypoxia will also be explored. The results of the study will provide an evidence-based recommendation for the use of hypoxia in a weight loss intervention among obese children and adolescents. Furthermore, the clarification of mechanisms leading to weight loss in 'sleep high and train low' might provide information for the development of new strategies in combating obesity. TRIAL REGISTRATION: This trial was registered on 10 January 2014 at the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry with the registration number: ChiCTR-TRC-14004106. PMID: 24962246 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Miso (Japanese soybean paste) soup attenuates salt-induced sympathoexcitation and left ventricular dysfunction in mice with chronic pressure overload.

Related Articles Miso (Japanese soybean paste) soup attenuates salt-induced sympathoexcitation and left ventricular dysfunction in mice with chronic pressure overload. Fukuoka Igaku Zasshi. 2014 Feb;105(2):48-56 Authors: Ito K, Hirooka Y, Sunagawa K Abstract The hypothalamic mineralocorticoid receptor (MR)-angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) pathway is activated in mice with chronic pressure overload (CPO). When this activation is combined with high salt intake, it leads to sympathoexcitation, hypertension, and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Salt intake is thus an important factor that contributes to heart failure. Miso, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, rice, wheat, or oats, can attenuate salt-induced hypertension in rats. However, its effects on CPO mice with salt-induced sympathoexcitation and LV dysfunction are unclear. Here, we investigated whether miso has protective effects in these mice. We also evaluated mechanisms associated with the hypothalamic MR-AT1R pathway. Aortic banding was used to produce CPO, and a sham operation was performed for controls. At 2 weeks after surgery, the mice were given water containing high NaCl levels (0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5%) for 4 weeks. The high salt loading in CPO mice increased excretion of urinary norepinephrine (uNE), a marker of sympathetic activity, in an NaCl concentration-dependent manner; however, this was not observed in Sham mice. Subsequently, CPO mice were administered 1.0% NaCl water (CPO-H) or miso soup (1.0% NaCl equivalent, CPO-miso). The expression of hypothalamic MR, serum glucocorticoid-induced kinase-1 (SGK-1), and AT1R was higher in the CPO-H mice than in the Sham mice; however, the expression of these proteins was attenuated in the CPO-miso group. Although the CPO-miso mice had higher sodium intake, salt-induced sympathoexcitation was lower in these mice than in the CPO-H group. Our findings indicate that regular intake of miso soup attenuates salt-induced sympathoexcitation in CPO mice via inhibition of the hypothalamic MR-AT1R pathway. PMID: 24908908 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Daikenchuto stimulates colonic motility after laparoscopic-assisted colectomy.

Related Articles Daikenchuto stimulates colonic motility after laparoscopic-assisted colectomy. Hepatogastroenterology. 2014 Jan-Feb;61(129):85-9 Authors: Yaegashi M, Otsuka K, Itabashi T, Kimura T, Kato K, Fujii H, Koeda K, Sasaki A, Wakabayashi G Abstract BACKGROUND/AIMS: Paralytic ileus after laparoscopic-assisted surgery often occurs. We investigated whether daikenchuto (DKT), a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, improves intestinal motility in patients undergoing laparoscopic-assisted colectomy for colon cancer. METHODOLOGY: Fifty-four patients who underwent colectomy at Iwate Medical University Hospital between October 2010 and March 2012 were randomized to either the DKT group (7.5 g/day, p.o.) or the control group (lactobacillus preparation, 3g/day, p.o.). Primary endpoints included time to first flatus, bowel movement, and tolerance of diet after extubation. Secondary endpoints were WBC count, C-reactive protein (CRP) level, length of hospital stay, and postoperative ileus. Colonic transit time was measured using radiopaque markers and abdominal radiographs. RESULTS: Fifty-one patients (DKT, 26 vs. control, 25) were included in the per-protocol analysis. The DKT group had significantly faster time until first flatus (67.5 +/- 13.6h vs. 77.9 +/- 11.8h, P < 0.01) and bowel movement (82.9 +/- 17.8h vs. 99.5 +/- 18.9h, P < 0.01) and colonic transit time (91.9 +/- 19.8h vs. 115.2 +/- 12.8 h, P < 0.05). There were no significant intergroup differences in secondary endpoints and adverse events. CONCLUSIONS: DKT accelerates colonic motility in patients undergoing laparoscopic-assisted colectomy for colon cancer. PMID: 24895799 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

TU-100 (Daikenchuto) and ginger ameliorate anti-CD3 antibody induced T cell-mediated murine enteritis: microbe-independent effects involving Akt and NF-κB suppression.

Related Articles TU-100 (Daikenchuto) and ginger ameliorate anti-CD3 antibody induced T cell-mediated murine enteritis: microbe-independent effects involving Akt and NF-κB suppression. PLoS One. 2014;9(5):e97456 Authors: Ueno N, Hasebe T, Kaneko A, Yamamoto M, Fujiya M, Kohgo Y, Kono T, Wang CZ, Yuan CS, Bissonnette M, Chang EB, Musch MW Abstract The Japanese traditional medicine daikenchuto (TU-100) has anti-inflammatory activities, but the mechanisms remain incompletely understood. TU-100 includes ginger, ginseng, and Japanese pepper, each component possessing bioactive properties. The effects of TU-100 and individual components were investigated in a model of intestinal T lymphocyte activation using anti-CD3 antibody. To determine contribution of intestinal bacteria, specific pathogen free (SPF) and germ free (GF) mice were used. TU-100 or its components were delivered by diet or by gavage. Anti-CD3 antibody increased jejunal accumulation of fluid, increased TNFα, and induced intestinal epithelial apoptosis in both SPF and GF mice, which was blocked by either TU-100 or ginger, but not by ginseng or Japanese pepper. TU-100 and ginger also blocked anti-CD3-stimulated Akt and NF-κB activation. A co-culture system of colonic Caco2BBE and Jurkat-1 cells was used to examine T-lymphocyte/epithelial cells interactions. Jurkat-1 cells were stimulated with anti-CD3 to produce TNFα that activates epithelial cell NF-κB. TU-100 and ginger blocked anti-CD3 antibody activation of Akt in Jurkat cells, decreasing their TNFα production. Additionally, TU-100 and ginger alone blocked direct TNFα stimulation of Caco2BBE cells and decreased activation of caspase-3 and polyADP ribose. The present studies demonstrate a new anti-inflammatory action of TU-100 that is microbe-independent and due to its ginger component. PMID: 24857966 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

[Scientific statement] Report of the Salt Reduction Committee of the Japanese Society of Hypertension(2) Goal and strategies of dietary salt reduction in the management of hypertension.

Related Articles [Scientific statement] Report of the Salt Reduction Committee of the Japanese Society of Hypertension(2) Goal and strategies of dietary salt reduction in the management of hypertension. Hypertens Res. 2013 Dec;36(12):1020-5 Authors: Miura K, Ando K, Tsuchihashi T, Yoshita K, Watanabe Y, Kawarazaki H, Matsuura H, Kusaka M, Kai H, Kawamura M, Kawano Y Abstract In this section of the Report of the Salt Reduction Committee of the Japanese Society of Hypertension, the target level of dietary salt reduction and its scientific evidence, present status of salt consumption in Japan, salt-reducing measures/guidance methods in individuals and population strategies to reduce salt intake are introduced. In the Dietary Reference Intake for the general population in Japan (2010 version), the target levels of salt restriction in men and women were established as less than 9.0 per day and 7.5 g per day, respectively. The Japanese Society of Hypertension Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension 2009 recommended the target level of dietary salt restriction in patients with hypertension as less than 6 g per day. However, the National Health and Nutrition Survey of Japan in 2010 reported that the mean salt intake in adults was 10.6 g per day (men: 11.4 g per day and women: 9.8 g per day). To effectively decrease salt intake in Japan, it is necessary to reduce the consumption of high-salt foods (especially traditional foods) and replace high-salt seasonings (soy sauce and so on) with low-salt alternatives. Health-care professionals must effectively perform salt-reduction guidance for hypertensive patients in hospitals/administrative organizations. To promote population strategies for salt reduction in the whole society of Japan, social strategies, such as administrative policies, companies' cooperation and educational staff's cooperation, are necessary. PMID: 24152612 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Blood pressure reduction by Japanese traditional Miso is associated with increased diuresis and natriuresis through dopamine system in Dahl salt-sensitive rats.

Related Articles Blood pressure reduction by Japanese traditional Miso is associated with increased diuresis and natriuresis through dopamine system in Dahl salt-sensitive rats. Clin Exp Hypertens. 2014;36(5):359-66 Authors: Du DD, Yoshinaga M, Sonoda M, Kawakubo K, Uehara Y Abstract OBJECTIVES: We investigated the antihypertensive mechanism of long-term Miso soup consumption in Dahl salt-sensitive (Dahl S) rats with salt-induced hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Female Dahl S rats fed a low-salt (0.3% NaCl) diet were divided into three groups: (1) six rats given water, (2) six rats given 0.65% (w/v) saline solution or (3) eight rats given 5% (w/v) Miso soup containing 0.65% (w/v) saline solution. They were followed for 12 weeks. Variables in the plasma or 24-h urine were determined. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured by the tail-cuff method. RESULTS: The SBP increased in an age-dependent manner in Dahl S rats drinking saline solutions. The elevation of SBP was significantly attenuated in Dahl S rats given Miso soup although the ultimate cumulative salt loading was much greater in the Miso group than those given the saline solutions. This SBP reduction in the Miso group was associated with an increase in fractional excretion of Na (FENa) and free water clearance in the kidney. Urinary dopamine excretions were increased in the Miso group compared with that in the saline group. The increase in urinary dopamine excretions was associated with a decrease in brain oxidative stress. Urinary dopamine excretions were an independent predictor of SBP in the Miso group. CONCLUSIONS: Long-term consumption of Miso soup attenuated blood pressure elevation in Dahl salt-sensitive rats with salt-induced hypertension. The blood pressure reduction was due to, at least in part, constituent(s) of the Miso that increase natriuresis and diuresis and enhance dopaminergic nervous activity in the kidney. PMID: 24047246 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

[Challenges for the future of psychiatry and psychiatric medical care].

Related Articles [Challenges for the future of psychiatry and psychiatric medical care]. Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi. 2013;115(1):76-83 Authors: Higuchi T Abstract In addition to the prolonged economic recession and global financial crisis, the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 has caused great fear and devastation in Japan. In the midst of these, Japanese people have felt to lose the traditional values and common sense they used to share, and it has become necessary to build a new consciousness. Engaged in psychiatry and psychiatric care under these circumstances, we have to analyze the challenges we face and to brainstorm on appropriate prescriptions that can be applied to solve the problems. Five points in particular were brought up: [1] The persistently high number of suicides. [2] The increase in depression and overflowing numbers of patients visiting clinics and outpatient departments at hospitals. [3] The absolute shortage of child psychiatrists. [4] Little progress with the transition from hospitalization-centered to community-centered medical care. [5] The disappearance of beds for psychiatry patients from general hospitals. The situations surrounding these five issues were briefly analyzed and problems were pointed out. The following are five problems that psychiatry is facing: 1) A lack of large clinical trials compared to the rest of the world. 2) The drug lag and handling of global trials. 3) The lack of staff involved in education and research (in the field of psychiatry). 4) Following the DSM diagnostic criteria dogmatically, without differentiating therapeutics. 5) Other medical departments, the industry, patients, and their families are demanding objective diagnostic techniques. After analyzing the problems, and discussing to some extent what kind of prescription may be considered to solve the problems, I gave my opinion. (1) The first problem is the deep-rooted prejudice and discrimination against psychiatric disorders that continue to be present among Japanese people. The second problem is the government's policy of low remuneration (fees) for psychiatric services. The third problem, symbolic of the situation, is the fact that the "psychiatry exception" system (unbalanced ratio of staff to psychiatric patients) is still present today. (2) To reach a fundamental solution, the policy of low fees for psychiatric services has to be abolished. (3) Multi-disciplinary medical teams, as practiced in other developed countries, is not yet adequately applied in Japan. From the aspect of medical fees, it is not adequately encouraged either. The only place where team medicine is actually practiced is in the "forced hospitalization" ward, but, as stated in the supplementary resolution of the Japanese diet (national assembly), high-quality medicine should not only be practiced in the "forced hospitalization" ward, but also in general psychiatry. (4) The policy of transition from hospitalization-centered to community-centered medical care, which was initiated a long time ago by the Japanese government, is not proceeding in reality, and it is time that we put our heads together and find ways to overcome this problem. It is significant that "psychiatric disorders" have been included as one of the "five diseases," (a system adopted by the government concerning community health care), and now we have the best opportunity to improve community-centered psychiatric care. PMID: 23691798 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

[Cognitive behavioral therapy for obesity].

Related Articles [Cognitive behavioral therapy for obesity]. Nihon Rinsho. 2013 Feb;71(2):329-34 Authors: Nozaki T, Sawamoto R, Sudo N Abstract A change in the traditional Japanese diet to include foods from other countries and increased reliance on motorized transportation has resulted in higher-caloric intake and lower energy expenditure. In consequence, the number of obese patients has grown rapidly, as has the number of patients with type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hyperuricemia, hypertension and coronary vascular disease. These have come to be called lifestyle-related diseases because changes in lifestyle are deeply associated with their onset and development. In the U.S. and Europe, lifestyle modification and medication are considered important to the treatment of such diseases. Cognitive behavioral therapy plays a central role in lifestyle modification. We here focus on our cognitive behavioral therapy for obesity. PMID: 23631216 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]