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BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Dec 27;13:373. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-373.

An in vitro study of neuroprotective properties of traditional Chinese herbal medicines thought to promote healthy ageing and longevity.

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  • 1Centre of Complementary Medicine Research, School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia.



Age is the leading risk factor for acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the oldest known compendium of Chinese materia media, lists herbal medicines that were believed to exert neither fast acting pharmacological effects nor discernible toxicity, but to promote general health and longevity. In modern terms, these herbal medicines could be considered as complementary health care products for prevention rather than treatment of diseases. In the present study, we examined whether a selection of 13 such herbal medicines exhibited neuroprotective activity.

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Ozone Therapy-Lumbar Disc Herniation

Minimally invasive oxygen-ozone therapy for lumbar disk herniation.



Oxygen-ozone therapy is a minimally invasive treatment for lumbar disk herniation that exploits the biochemical properties of a gas mixture of oxygen and ozone. We assessed the therapeutic outcome of oxygen-ozone therapy and compared the outcome of administering medical ozone alone with the outcome of medical ozone followed by injection of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic at the same session.

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Cytotoxic Chemotherapy and 5-year Survival (Horrible Outcomes)

The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy
to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies

Graeme Morgan*, Robyn Wardy, Michael Bartonz
*Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore
Hospital, Sydney, NSW; yDepartment of Medical Oncology,
St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW; zCollaboration for Cancer
Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Liverpool Health Service, Sydney, NSW, Australia

 2004 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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In adults, cytotoxic chemotherapy became established in the1970s as a curative treatment in advanced Hodgkin’s disease[1], non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma [2], teratoma of testis [3] and as an adjuvant treatment for early breast cancer [4].The initial results suggested the potential use of cytotoxic chemotherapy as a definitive treatment or as an adjuvant therapy in asymptomatic patients with the aim of improving
survival. However, as stated by Braverman [5] and others [6e8], the early gains in a few tumour sites have not been seen in the more common cancers. continue reading »

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