Categorizing Chinese herbs

Categorizing Chinese herbs

Chinese physicians used several different methods to classify traditional Chinese herbs: * The Four Natures (四氣 or 四性) * The Five Tastes (五味) * The Meridians (歸經) The earlier (Han through Tang eras) Ben Cao (Materia Medicae) began with a three-level categorization:

Colorectal Cancer Survivors Not Adhering to Screening Guidelines, But Computerized System May Help

New data reveal that after curative resection for colorectal cancer, many patients do not adhere to screening guidelines. Although the majority of patients adhered to surveillance guidelines for follow-up office visits, less than half met the guideline-based recommendations for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing. About three quarters of patients met the guideline-specified criteria for colonoscopy, although […]

Targeted Therapies Improve Outcomes in Renal Cancer and GIST, but Challenges Remain

Targeted therapies have significantly changed the treatment of cancer and are now considered to be a component of care for a number of common malignancies, including breast, colorectal, and lung cancers. In particular, they have significantly improved outcomes for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) and advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

Facial Transplantation Shows Promise for Severe Disfigurement

Facial transplantation can be a useful treatment for severe disfigurement, although it is not without risks, according to two case reports involving facial damage caused by a bear attack and by growth of a rare aggressive tumor. Both reports appear in the August 23rd issue of The Lancet.

New Imaging Technique May Enhance Accuracy of Cancer Surgery

Use of a chemofluorescence technique may allow surgeons to visualize, in real time, cancerous tissue, thereby increasing the precision of their resections, according to animal study findings presented Tuesday at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.

New Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Problems After Joint Surgery Identified

In addition to confirming previously identified risk factors for cardiovascular complications after total joint replacement (TJR) surgery, researchers have shown that bilateral and revision operations are associated with increased risk. "Revision joint replacement and bilateral surgery are much more prolonged operations than primary unilateral joint replacement," Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz, from Brigham and Women's Hospital […]