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Effects of a Dietary Supplement Containing Salacia Extract, Citrus Bioflavono ids, and Trivalent Chromium on Markers of Glucose Control and Quality of Life: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study

The purpose of this investigation was to compare the efficacy of a combination of Salacia chinensis extract, citrus bioflavonoids, and trivalent chromium (SEC) on glucose and insulin control, psychobiological perceptions of hunger, and adverse events reported from 12 weeks of supplementation. Using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study design, subjects were randomized to consume SEC or a placebo (PLA). Participants completed two study visits (baseline and after 12 weeks of supplementation) where they were assessed for glucose and insulin changes after an oral su crose tolerance test (OSTT), perceptual indicators of hunger and appetite, waist circumference, and clinical biomarkers of metabolic and physiological function associated with glucose and insulin control. Twelve weeks of SEC supplementation sig nificantly reduced cravings for sweets, reduced insulin and glucose responses to an OSTT, and increased adiponectin levels. Improvements in BUN: creatinine ratio provides preliminary support for maintaining healthy kidney function. These re sults support the role of botanical supplements in improving outcomes associated with obesity, metabolic health and glu cose intolerance.
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Effects of a Dietary Supplement Containing Salacia Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids, and Trivalent Chromium on Markers of Glucose Control and Quality of Life: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study

The purpose of this investigation was to compare the efficacy of a combination of Salacia chinensis extract, citrus bioflavonoids, and trivalent chromium (SEC) on glucose and insulin control, psychobiological perceptions of hunger, and adverse events reported from 12 weeks of supplementation. Using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study design, subjects were randomized to consume SEC or a placebo (PLA). Participants completed two study visits (baseline and after 12 weeks of supplementation) where they were assessed for glucose and insulin changes after an oral su crose tolerance test (OSTT), perceptual indicators of hunger and appetite, waist circumference, and clinical biomarkers of metabolic and physiological function associated with glucose and insulin control. Twelve weeks of SEC supplementation sig nificantly reduced cravings for sweets, reduced insulin and glucose responses to an OSTT, and increased adiponectin levels. Improvements in BUN: creatinine ratio provides preliminary support for maintaining healthy kidney function. These re sults support the role of botanical supplements in improving outcomes associated with obesity, metabolic health and glu cose intolerance
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Efficacy of Standardized Ginger Extract in Subjects with Occasional Constipation: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Study

Occasional constipation is associated with infrequent bowel movement and difficulty in passing stools without any obvious symptoms. Ginger has been used traditionally to manage various gastric conditions like constipation, dyspepsia, belching, bloating, epigastric discomfort, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. The current study evaluated the effects of a standardized Ginger extract (GE) on objective and subjective markers of occasional constipation in a randomized, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled design
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A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating the Effects of an Investigational Study Product on Exercise Induced Muscle Soreness, Markers of Inflammation, Muscle Damage and Exercise Performance in Healthy Males

Gherkin, a pure botanical extract from cucumber is a phytonutrient rich vegetable which may have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The purpose of this randomized double-blind placebo study was to determine the effects of Gherkin (Cuvitus™, Actido®)on exercise performance, markers of inflammation and acute muscle soreness in healthy males.
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Treatment of Dentin Hypersensitivity: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials

Dentin hypersensitivity (DH) is generally described as “a brief, sharp, and acute pain emanating from exposed dentin in response to thermal, tactile, osmotic, or chemical stimuli, as well as exposure to air that cannot be attributed to any dental anomaly or pathology”.
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Pharmacy Compounding Quality Control and Pharmaceutical Development Strategies for Seventeen alpha Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate in Prevention of Preterm Delivery

Seventeen alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC) is the only FDA-approved drug labeled for prevention of preterm delivery. This drug is also available as a compounded product from licensed compounding pharmacies. This article reviews the FDA approval history and pharmacy compounding quality control data of 17-OHPC, as well as briefly discusses possible future pharmaceutical development strategies for 17-OHPC.
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Effects of Transfer Point Glucan #300 Supplementation on Children exposed to Passive Smoking - Placebo-driven Double-blind Clinical Trials

In this study, we focused on the effect of β-glucan supplementation of children with chronic respiratory problems. We measured the levels of cortisol, salivary IgE and cotinine in 56 children and evaluated the effect of 30 day supplementation with 100 mg/day oral dose of yeast-derived β-glucan. Our results showed strong decrease of cotinine and cortisol levels in saliva of β-glucan-supplemented children.
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Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Arthritic Efficacy and Safety of Purified Shilajit in Moderately Arthritic Dogs

The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of purified Shilajit in moderately arthritic dogs. Ten client-owned dogs in a randomized double-blinded study received either a placebo or Shilajit (500 mg) twice daily for a period of five months. Dogs were evaluated each month for physical condition (body weight, body temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate) and pain associated with arthritis (overall pain, pain from limb manipulation, and pain after physical exertion).
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Understanding the Value of Case Reports and Studies in the Context of Clinical Research, Research Design, and Evidence-Based Practice

Case reports and studies may be defined as the non-experimental description of an individual or a few of cases in terms of new or unusual presentation of the diseases, an unexpected disease course or pathophysiology, and new effects (either beneficial or detrimental) of existing medications or procedures. Although they suffer from the non-experimental nature and other potential bias and errors, case reports and studies have played and will continue to play an important part in the advancement of medicine.
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