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Peaceful Ninjas: Merging Mindfulness Education With Holistic Arts, Zachariah Z. Fisher, April Tucker 2016 Peaceful Ninjas

Peaceful Ninjas: Merging Mindfulness Education With Holistic Arts, Zachariah Z. Fisher, April Tucker

The STEAM Journal

Peaceful Ninjas is a Holistic Peace Education Movement Empowering Youth to Co Create World Peace by Merging Ancient and Modern Mindfulness Practices. This piece provides an overview of the activities and approach we use.


Mind And Body Training To Improve Functioning And Coping With Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study, Olga Valieva, Leah M. Welsh, Betty Amuzu, Niraj Nijhawan, Jessica J.F. Kram 2016 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Mind And Body Training To Improve Functioning And Coping With Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study, Olga Valieva, Leah M. Welsh, Betty Amuzu, Niraj Nijhawan, Jessica J.F. Kram

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Background: Patients with chronic pain are often crippled by psychological distress, depression and fear. These patients also can develop altered pain perception, with enhanced brain activity in pain-responsive regions and those associated with anxiety/depression. Exercise and meditation can impact pain-reducing brain areas and positively influence pain characteristics.

Purpose: To alter pain center activity by reducing the activation of the higher brain and deactivation of the lower brain with somatocognitive and meditative practices, with secondary aim of reducing anxiety/depression and improve overall quality of life.

Methods: We conducted a pilot study on mentally competent adult women with stable chronic ...


The Effects Of Apigenin On Cell Proliferation And Apoptosis In Glioblastoma Multiforme, Trevor Stump, Brittany Santee, Lauren Williams, Chelsae Heinze, Rachel Kunze, Samson Amos, Denise S. Simpson 2016 Cedarville University

The Effects Of Apigenin On Cell Proliferation And Apoptosis In Glioblastoma Multiforme, Trevor Stump, Brittany Santee, Lauren Williams, Chelsae Heinze, Rachel Kunze, Samson Amos, Denise S. Simpson

Samson Amos, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a WHO grade IV brain tumor. These tumors are highly proliferative, infiltrative, necrotic, angiogenic, and resistant to apoptosis. One major characteristic of GBM is the overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which leads to cell growth and proliferation when activated. GBM is very difficult to treat due to its location, heterogeneity, and invasiveness; an effective treatment is therefore needed. The use of flavonoids, which are natural compounds found in many fruits and vegetables, has been studied in the treatment of many different tumor types. Apigenin is a specific flavonoid that has previously been shown to ...


Short-Term Effectiveness Of A Lifestyle Intervention Program For Reducing Selected Chronic Disease Risk Factors In Individuals Living In Rural Appalachia: A Pilot Cohort Study, David Drozek, Hans A. Diehl, Masato Nakazawa, Tom Kostohryz, Darren Morton, Jay Shubrook 2016 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Short-Term Effectiveness Of A Lifestyle Intervention Program For Reducing Selected Chronic Disease Risk Factors In Individuals Living In Rural Appalachia: A Pilot Cohort Study, David Drozek, Hans A. Diehl, Masato Nakazawa, Tom Kostohryz, Darren Morton, Jay Shubrook

Darren Morton

Most Western chronic diseases are closely tied to lifestyle behaviors, and many are preventable. Despite the well-distributed knowledge of these detrimental behaviors, effective efforts in disease prevention have been lacking. Many of these chronic diseases are related to obesity and type " diabetes, which have doubled in incidence during the last 35 years. The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a community-based, comprehensive lifestyle modification approach to health that has shown success in addressing this problem. This pilot study demonstrates the effectiveness of CHIP in an underserved, rural, and vulnerable Appalachian population. Two hundred fourteen participants in CHIP collectively demonstrated significant ...


Back To The Future. Metabolic Effects Of A 4-Day Outdoor Trip Under Simulated Paleolithic Conditions – New Insights From The Eifel Study, Jens Freese, Daniel J. Pardi, Begoña Ruiz-Núñez, Sebastian Schwarz, Regula Heynck, Robert Renner, Philipp Zimmer, Helmut Lötzerich 2016 German Sports University Cologne, Institute of Outdoor Sports and Environmental Science

Back To The Future. Metabolic Effects Of A 4-Day Outdoor Trip Under Simulated Paleolithic Conditions – New Insights From The Eifel Study, Jens Freese, Daniel J. Pardi, Begoña Ruiz-Núñez, Sebastian Schwarz, Regula Heynck, Robert Renner, Philipp Zimmer, Helmut Lötzerich

Journal of Evolution and Health

Background: The observation that the emergence of common Western diseases takes place with much greater prevalence as societies migrate from natural-living cultures to modernized societies, has been well documented. For approximately 84,000 generations humans lived under hunter-gatherer conditions but recently endured dramatic change from our native lifestyle with the occurrence of the agricultural, industrial, and digital revolutions. The massive technological advancement that occurred within a relatively recent timeframe enabled humans to live in manner that is remarkably different than our pre-agricultural past. Consequently, the shift from a natural to a modern lifestyle likely promotes a gene-environment mismatch which causes ...


Miles, Marshall (Fa 990), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Miles, Marshall (Fa 990), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Collection 990. Project titled: "Early Traditional Use of Yellow Root in Monroe County" written by Marshall Miles for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. The paper examines the medicinal uses of yellow root or golden seal in Monroe County, Kentucky.


The Experience Of American And Canadian Cancer Patients In Deciding To Seek Alternative Care In Mexican Cancer Clinics, Alicia Bright 2016 Dominican University of California

The Experience Of American And Canadian Cancer Patients In Deciding To Seek Alternative Care In Mexican Cancer Clinics, Alicia Bright

Alicia Bright

Background. Each year, despite warnings from the American Cancer Association, many US and Canadian citizens travel to Tijuana, Mexico, for cancer care. The main criticism of these clinics is that they provide treatments that are unproven, potentially unsafe, and expensive. Despite this, about 35 clinics exist in Tijuana that provide alternative care to patients who pay cash for these services.

Objectives. To understand the lived experience of people who have made the choice to receive cancer treatment at alternative cancer clinics in Tijuana, and gain insight into the process by which that decision occurs.

Population. 5 participants were interviewed. Three ...


Jenkins, David (Fa 918), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Jenkins, David (Fa 918), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 918. Project titled: “Folk Medicine Beliefs.” Includes paper with introduction of folk medicine beliefs and superstitions in Warren County, Kentucky.


Deweese, Wanda (Fa 923), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Deweese, Wanda (Fa 923), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 923. Paper titled: “Folk Medicine.” Project includes paper with introduction of folk medicine beliefs, remedies, and superstitions in Barren County and Metcalfe County, Kentucky.


Wheeley, Suzanne (Fa 912), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Wheeley, Suzanne (Fa 912), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 912. Project titled: “Folk Beliefs Collection.” Project includes note cards with brief descriptions of songs, beliefs, sayings, tales, and occurrences from Hancock County and Warren County, Kentucky. Note cards include a brief description, informant’s name, and some have the motif index number.


Eakles, Elaine (Fa 902), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Eakles, Elaine (Fa 902), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 902. Project titled: “Folk Remedies and Cures From Plants.” Project includes note cards of folk medicine beliefs from the Penny Royal Region in Kentucky. Note cards include a brief description, informant’s name, and the motif index number.


Caswell, Galena (Fa 900), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Caswell, Galena (Fa 900), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 900. Project titled: “[Folk remedies]” Project includes survey sheets with brief descriptions of folk remedies of the Penny Royal region in Kentucky. Note cards include a brief description, informant’s name, and motif reference.


Foster, Gary (Fa 885), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Foster, Gary (Fa 885), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 885. Paper titled: “Folk Cures of Barren County.” Project includes index cards with brief descriptions of folk cures along with a map of the collection area in Barren County, Kentucky. Cards include a brief description of the cure and informant’s name.


The Implementation Of Alternative Pain Control Methods By Dental Hygienists, Alejandra Valadez Rodriguez 2016 Western Kentucky University

The Implementation Of Alternative Pain Control Methods By Dental Hygienists, Alejandra Valadez Rodriguez

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

As a dental hygienist, it is important to understand new concepts and techniques that can contribute to a more comfortable setting for patients who experience dental anxiety. Alternative pain control methods can assist in alleviating patient anxiety, therefore, providing a more efficient and relaxed clinical atmosphere for both patient and clinician. Some of the methods discussed are: guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle relaxation, hypnosis, acupressure, essential oil diffusion, audio distraction, and visual stimuli. After reviewing the literature the researcher found that dental anxiety affects patient compliance, their overall health, and willingness to attend regular dental visits. The purpose of this ...


Isotopic Abundance Ratio Analysis Of Biofield Energy Treated Indole Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, Dahryn Trivedi, Alice Branton, Gopal Nayak 2016 Selected Works

Isotopic Abundance Ratio Analysis Of Biofield Energy Treated Indole Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, Dahryn Trivedi, Alice Branton, Gopal Nayak

Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

The objective of the current experiment was to evaluate the effect of biofield energy treatment on the isotopic abundance ratio of PM+1/PM (2H/1H or 13C/12C or 15N/14N) in indole using the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The sample of organic compound indole was divided into two parts - one part was designated as a control sample (untreated), and another part was considered as biofield energy treated sample, which was subjected to Mr. Trivedi’s biofield energy treatment (The Trivedi Effect®). The biofield energy treated indole sample was analyzed at different time intervals and were symbolized as T1 ...


The Use Of Platelet Rich Fibrin In Pulpal And Periodontal Regeneration, Elisabeth L. Easley 2016 University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Use Of Platelet Rich Fibrin In Pulpal And Periodontal Regeneration, Elisabeth L. Easley

Theses & Dissertations

Purpose: Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) has been postulated to aid in regeneration. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the inflammatory response of PRF in vitro, and analyze clinically and histologically the effectiveness of PRF on pulpal regeneration after reimplantation.

Materials and Methods: The in vivo experiment included 18 patients (69 teeth). Teeth were extracted and apicoectomy performed. The tooth was reimplanted and splinted after PRF was condensed into the apex. Control teeth received the same treatment with the exception of the PRF. After 3-11 months, vitality was checked, teeth were extracted and analyzed histologically. For the in ...


Effects Of Prebiotics On Gut Bacterial Communities And Healing Of Induced Colitis In Mice, Krystyn Elizabeth Davis 2016 University of Southern Mississippi

Effects Of Prebiotics On Gut Bacterial Communities And Healing Of Induced Colitis In Mice, Krystyn Elizabeth Davis

Master's Theses

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) cause chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and debilitating symptoms in those suffering from the diseases. After inducing colitis in a mouse model using Dextran Sulfate Sodium (DSS), prebiotics inulin and oligofructose enriched inulin (OEI) were used as treatments to determine their effects on the gut microbial community, physiological healing process, and immune response in the mice after initial inflammation and before subsequent inflammation, or relapse. The treatment with inulin led to an increase in regulatory T cell number, but this increase was not as significant as the increase induced by the OEI. Inulin increased the ...


Want To Lose Weight? Commercial Weight Loss Programs Vs. Primary Care, Jessica Jacobson, Katherine Chui 2016 James Madison University

Want To Lose Weight? Commercial Weight Loss Programs Vs. Primary Care, Jessica Jacobson, Katherine Chui

Physician Assistant Capstones

Context Overweight and obesity rates are on a continuous incline in the United States leading to increased rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death. Much of the healthcare costs are going into treating this disease; therefore, it is vital to find effective weight loss treatments in both the primary care and community settings to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity and subsequent healthcare costs.

Objective To assess whether primary care-based therapy or commercial weight loss programs help overweight and obese patients lose 5% of their weight from baseline.

Design, Setting and Participants A systematic review of four randomized control ...


Dietary Weight Loss Advice In Us Health Magazines And Its Relation To Ancestral Diet, Risa J. Stein, Marium A. Choudhry, Thomas J. Murray Jr. 2016 Rockhurst University

Dietary Weight Loss Advice In Us Health Magazines And Its Relation To Ancestral Diet, Risa J. Stein, Marium A. Choudhry, Thomas J. Murray Jr.

Journal of Evolution and Health

As rates of overweight and obesity have risen in the US, the public has sought effective strategies for weight loss through dietary modification. A proliferation of processed foods and changing governmental nutrition guidelines have both impacted dietary intake patterns. While physicians are considered respectable sources of weight-loss information, increasingly the public has turned to the media, particularly magazines, for weight loss advice. This study investigated the dietary recommendations found in the five leading US health-related magazines and compared those recommendations to ancestral diets. With a couple notable exceptions, leading health magazines present consistent recommendations for dietary modifications to promote weight ...


Biodiversity Of Medicinal Plants In The Highlands: Problems And Perspectives, Vyacheslav Dushenkov 2016 CUNY Hostos Community College

Biodiversity Of Medicinal Plants In The Highlands: Problems And Perspectives, Vyacheslav Dushenkov

Publications and Research

Climate change is affecting medicinal plants around the world and could ultimately lead to losses of some key species, in particular species endemic to a region and causing plants to migrate to new ranges. As the situation unfolds, climate change may become a pressing issue for the herbal community, affecting medicinal plant supply chains with varying requirements for plant cultivation, resource management in the wild, harvesting, processing, and importantly marketing.


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