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Emerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology

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May 252018
 

This volume provides a critical overview of the nature of nanotechnology (and its applications in the biomedical sciences, i.e. bionanotechnology) and the philosophical and ethico-legal issues it raises. This collection of thirteen articles represents an exploration by scholars from various disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, law, social sciences, psychology, and natural sciences) in North America and Europe. The book contains four major parts respectively entitled 1) Knowledge Production in Nanotechnoscience; 2) Ethics and (Bio)Nanotechnology; 3) Public Policy and (Bio)Nanotechnology; and 4) Human Enhancement and (Bio)Nanotechnology.
In the first section, authors examine the nature of nanotechnology as a scientific project and critically reflect on its philosophical underpinnings. The next section introduces the readers to a new area of investigation that explicitly addresses the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology. More specifically, it examines the theoretical framework(s) necessary to sustain rich ethical reflections at the core of the development of nanotechnology. The third section expands on the ethics of nanotechnology/bionanotechnology but focuses on legal and public policy issues and how the public perception of nanotechnology could ultimately shape policies and regulations. Ultimately these three perspectives (the nature of nanotechnology, ethical approaches and regulatory issues) will shape and frame the discourse on nanobiotechnology. The final section focuses on how scientific progress could affect humans through enhancement technologies and critically assesses whether such progress actually contributes to human flourishing.

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Identifying and Addressing Childhood Food Insecurity in Healthcare and Community Settings

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May 252018
 


This salient resource offers clinicians a comprehensive multi-tiered framework for identifying, addressing, and reducing food insecurity among children and their families. Reinforcing the importance of food insecurity as a key social determinant of health, this monograph reviews the epidemiology and presents in-depth guidelines for screening for food insecurity and hunger. Recommendations for screening in a busy clinical setting as well as the strengths and limitations of widely-used instruments are discussed.
The monograph also outlines a variety of clinic-level interventions, potential community-based resources, and opportunities for clinical-community partnerships to improve families’ food access and security. Further, contributors provide workable plans for large-scale advocacy through greater engagement with professional and community resources as well as policymakers. The monograph concludes with an outline of the critical steps to implement a food insecurity screening process and the key components to train the next generation of provider-advocates.

Included in the coverage:

Epidemiology and pathophysiology of food insecurity
Screening tools and training
Scope of interventions to address food insecurity
Creation and evaluation of the impact of food insecurity-focused clinical-community partnerships on patients and populations
Development of an action plan to fight food insecurity
Identifying and Addressing Childhood Food Insecurity in Healthcare and Community Settings will find an engaged audience among physicians and other clinicians who want to address food insecurity in their healthcare and/or community setting. Institutions that are starting to address social determinants of health, including food insecurity, will find guidance on screening tools, processes and evaluation of impact.

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The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medicines!

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May 252018
 

Ease Symptoms, Fight Disease, and Supercharge Immunity–All Without Drugs or Chemicals!

You’re about to enter a completely different kind of drugstore. One where herbal medicines are offered right alongside conventional pharmaceuticals. Where bottles of feverfew stand next to bottles of aspirin, and echinacea has its place among other cold and flu remedies.

The Herbal Drugstore is the only place where you can compare mainstream drug treatments and their herbal alternatives for close to 100 common health problems. You’ll find herbs that have the same healing powers as many prescription and over-the-counter medications–only they’re cheaper and gentler, with few or no side effects.

Whether you need fast first-aid or long-term relief, The Herbal Drugstore has a remedy for you. Here’s just a sampling:
• Immobilized by arthritis? Rub on capsaicin cream, a natural pain reliever made from hot peppers
• Can’t sleep? Start snoozing with valerian–it’s as effective as Valium, but it isn’t addictive
• Want to lose a few pounds? Get a helping hand from psyllium, an herbal alternative to appetite suppressants
• Feeling stressed? Calm jangled nerves with ginseng–it won’t undermine alertness
• Battling bronchitis? Clear up that cough with licorice, a natural expectorant
• Need help with high blood pressure? Turn to hawthorn–it has much in common with beta blockers, except for the side effects

The Herbal Drugstore features these and many more herbal remedies–712 in all! They’re profiled right next to their pharmaceutical counterparts, so you can make your own comparisons and decide which treatments are best for you.

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The Diabetes Rescue Diet: Conquer Diabetes Naturally While Eating and Drinking What You Love-Even Chocola te and Wine!

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May 252018
 

Imagine a diet so easy and yet so powerful that it could not only balance out-of-control blood sugar, but effectively reverse insulin resistance, freeing people everywhere from the restraints of type 2 diabetes. That plan has arrived. The Diabetes Rescue Diet promises good, wholesome food without making readers count calories, buy exotic supplements, or completely change their daily routines—no sacrifice required!

The plan is inspired by a Mediterranean diet chock full of whole grains, olive oil, and hearty fare that is proven to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease and other serious health threats. Readers will still eat favorites like pasta, meatloaf, and pork tenderloin (chocolate and ice cream, too!), but will also savor new dishes like Oven-Fried Tilapia and Pineapple Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

The Diabetes Rescue Diet isn’t just about food, though. Also included are a 21-day walking plan to get readers moving and improve blood circulation in just 15 to 30 minutes a day; a dining-out guide that proves “delicious” doesn’t have to mean “dangerous” when it comes to diabetes; and a chapter of “healthy shortcuts” to try right now for head-to-toe to protection from disease. With more than 80 mouthwatering dishes and expert advice, Mark Bricklin’s The Diabetes Rescue Diet is the last stop on the road to reversing diabetes and attaining great health for life.

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Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) during Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond

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May 252018
 

A unique guide, like none other on the market-packed with medical information, practical tips, psychological insight, and coping strategies–to help men help the women they love through this trying time

When Marc Silver became a breast cancer husband three years ago, he learned firsthand how frightened and helpless the breast cancer husband feels. He searched in vain for a book that would give him the information and advice he so desperately sought. Now this award-winning journalist has compiled just the kind of emotionally supportive and useful resource that he wished he had been able to consult-to give men the tools they need to help their wives, their families, and themselves through this scary, uncertain time.

In his years as a consumer journalist and veteran of the News You Can Use staff at U.S. News & World Report, Marc Silver learned what kind of information and advice on medical crises readers found most valuable. He draws on that experience as he covers in depth all the issues couples coping with breast cancer will have to face during diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.

Highlights include: 
• The shared experiences of other breast cancer husbands
• Guidance from top cancer doctors in the country
• Advice on when, how, and what to tell your young children
• Tips on coping with radiation and chemotherapy
• A candid discussion of sex and intimacy following breast cancer surgery

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. At last, with this book, the men who love them have a road map to help them through a difficult and unprecedented journey.

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Helicobacter Pylori Protocols (Methods in Molecular Medicine)

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May 252018
 

Helicobacter pylori Protocols offers an outstanding collection of state-of-the-art protocols for the identification and molecular manipulation of H. pylori. The authoritative contributors supply detailed and readily reproducible protocols for the culturing of H. pylori, for the isolation and restriction endonuclease digestion of H. pylori chromosomal DNA, and for the transformation and insertional mutagenesis of H. pylori. They also provide molecular epidemiological techniques, including ribotyping, PCR-RFLP, and RAPD-PCR. These procedures have been developed by leading practitioners to solve the difficult technical problems created by the application of the powerful bacterial genetic and molecular cloning techniques to H. pylori.
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Aging Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Medicine)

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May 252018
 

Aging is an almost universal process within biological systems, one which leads to a decline in functional capacity, disease onset, and eventually death. There has been much interest in recent years to elucidate the molecular mec- nisms that underlie the aging process. Many theories have been proposed since the last century that aim to explain the causes of aging. There is no one theory that completely satisfies the phenotype of aging, but genetics and environm- tal factors play an important role in the etiology of age-related pathologies and the aging process. However, there is still much to be learned about the aging process which has been termed one of the last great frontiers in biology. De- graphic changes worldwide are leading to increased average life expectancies within our populations. These changes in population characteristics will impact upon the economies of the supporting society, with increasing healthcare and infrastructural costs arising from the prevalence of age-related pathologies and other physical disabilities associated with advancing years. Many researchers worldwide are working in the attempt to identify key cellular processes through which it might one day be possible to slow down the aging process and thus increase the health span of humans. Numerous research projects-from the cellular through to tissue, organ, and whole organism studies-are currently underway to investigate the mul- factorial aging process.
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Cytotoxic Drug Resistance Mechanisms (Methods in Molecular Medicine)

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May 252018
 

There is now a range of cytotoxic drugs that have considerable clinical usefulness in producing responses in tumors and even, in a small proportion of cases, cure. However, the acquisition of drug resistance is a major clinical problem and is perhaps the main limiting factor in successful treatment of cancer. Thus, a tumor initially sensitive to chemotherapy will, in the majority of cases, eventually recur as a resistant tumor, which will then progress. Much of our understanding of drug resistance mechanisms comes from the study of tumor cell lines grown in tissue culture. We now understand many of the – lecular mechanisms that can lead to a cell acquiring resistance to antic- cer drugs; however, we still do not know which mechanism(s) are those most relevant to the problem of clinical drug resistance. Indeed, given that many of the cytotoxic anticancer drugs were discovered by random screening, it is – clear what features give a clinically useful anticancer drug a sufficient the- peutic index to be of value. The aim of Cytotoxic Drug Resistance Mechanisms is to provide pro- cols that are appropriate for examining the mechanisms of cellular resistance to anticancer cytotoxics in human tumor samples. Tumor cell lines have been enormously useful as experimental models of drug resistance mechanisms, however they have limitations and we need to address the relevance of such mechanisms in patients’ tumors. Examining drug resistance in tumors is much more problematic than in cell lines.
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Molecular Analysis Of Cancer (Methods In Molecular Medicine)

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May 252018
 

Leading researchers describe in step-by-step detail their best state-of-the art molecular techniques for elucidating the biochemical processes associated with human cancer. Among the techniques presented for identifying chromosomal rearrangements are fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), spectral karyotyping (SKY), comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), microsatellite analysis, PCR and RT-PCR, and DNA fingerprinting. Additional methods include SSCP, DGGE, the nonisotopic RNase cleavage assay, and the protein truncation assay and DNA sequencing for identifying mutations.

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Molecular Pathology of the Prions (Methods in Molecular Medicine)

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May 252018
 

Internationally recognized investigators review the latest developments in, and novel approaches to, understanding the prion protein and prion diseases at the molecular level. Utilizing a variety of cutting-edge techniques, these distinguished scientists seek to define the normal function of a prion protein, to detect and measure the early immune response to prion disease, and to discover possible therapeutic targets. They also use transgenic mice and new electrophysiological investigations to elucidate the pathogenetic mechanisms involved in prion diseases. State-of-the-art and richly insightful, Molecular Pathology of the Prions captures for basic and clinical neuropathologists the latest developments and approaches to understanding the pathogenesis of prion diseases, and by analogy suggests possible research techniques for the more common proteinopthies, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
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