Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: over-the-counter supplement and TCM formulae

Note: I did not have any formal training in TCM practices. The TCM ingredients described below are mostly plant-based. In this article, ying/yang balance or the principle of ‘jun, Chen, zuo, shi’ (arbitrarily translated as principle/auxillary) won’t be discussed. Nowadays, various herbal extracts were available in health stores as ‘health supplements, which are not subjected … Read moreIncorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: over-the-counter supplement and TCM formulae

Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: thoughts of a fellow molecular biologist

In June 2018, World Health Organization (WHO) released new International classification of Diseases (ICD 11), in which Chapter 26 includes now the standardized wordings for diseases and diagnoses from TCM perspectives. In May this year, it caught the attention of the mass media. While TCM practitioners and supporters celebrated the news, physicians and medical scientists … Read moreIncorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: thoughts of a fellow molecular biologist

Meta-analysis on the safety profile on taking melatonin supplement

Melatonin is an important hormone regulating our sleep. It is produced in the pineal gland in our brain and can also be manufactured and sold as supplement in forms of pills and capsules. In European countries, melatonin supplements are available only with prescriptions, however, in U.S., oral supplements of melatonin are available over-the-counter. In U.S., … Read moreMeta-analysis on the safety profile on taking melatonin supplement

Deep learning algorithm helps to predict response to treatment to acute ulcerative colitis

Recent advances in machine learning technology may help doctors to decide on better treatments related to Acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC). Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease condition that is characterized by relapsing inflammation in the colon. About 15%-25% of UC patients have at least 1 episode of ASUC, which can be life-threatening and may … Read moreDeep learning algorithm helps to predict response to treatment to acute ulcerative colitis

More evidence showing maltodextrin, a food additive, may cause inflammation in gut

A new study published in February added another piece of evidence suggesting that maltodextrin, a thickener/filler found in prepackaged food, may have harmful effects on the gut of people prone to Inflammatory bowel diseases. Maltodextrin is a FDA-approved food additive, commonly used as a thickener or filler in prepackaged food. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is … Read moreMore evidence showing maltodextrin, a food additive, may cause inflammation in gut

How close does a gut-on-a-chip resemble our gut?

Maybe, the first question we should ask is, what is a gut comprised of? Gut is a surprisingly complex organ. Within it, is a space where enzyme is produced and secreted, food is digested, nutrients are absorbed and the remaining content is being pushed out. Furthermore, various types of cells work together to perform these … Read moreHow close does a gut-on-a-chip resemble our gut?

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