Pharmacology Specific Aspects
Drug Discovery and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Science, Regulation, and Globalization
Paperback ISBN: 1461355621
The "First International Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine: Science, Regulation and Globalization" was held from August 30 to September 2, 2000 at the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland. There were approximately 250 participants from the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States. This objective of this conference was to promote international collaboration for the modernization of Traditional Chinese herbal medicines (TCM) and their introduction into the global health care system. It was mainly sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China and the NllI National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). It was organized by Dr. William Tai, then director of the Institute of Global Chinese Affairs at the University of Maryland and Dr. Yuan Lin, president of Marco Polo Technologies, Bethesda, MD. This conference was conceived by Dr. Tai two years earlier recognizing that this was an appropriate time and also the unique location of the University of Maryland. Today, there is a growing recognition of the of alternative medicine in modem societies and the rapid loss of importance knowledge about traditional methods for the treatment of the multitude of human illnesses found throughout the world. TCM has been in common use in China for thousands of years; and many of its formulations are well defined.
Drug Testing Technology
Assessment of Field Applications
Hardcover ISBN: 0849378842
Mieczkowski (criminology, U. of South Florida) presents 16 contributions which explore the efficacy of the drug testing across a range of applications. Topics include the utilization of ion mobility spectrometry in a criminal justice field application, applying hair assays and urinalysis for cocaine to probationers, the effects of physiochemical factors on incorporation of drugs into hair and behavior of drugs in hair root, and improving the validity of behavioral drug abuse research through drug testing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Future of Medicines in Health Care
Paperback ISBN: 0792336240
The future place of medicines in health care is both exciting and uncertain. With an aging population, an increasing number of chronic sick, a growing range of treatment options and a developing European market, the one certainty is that medication patterns will change radically over the next 15 years or so. How the future might look, in terms of quality, volume and cost of pharmacotherapy, is the subject of this report. Four scenarios for the future are set out, all of which take account of already visible trends. Sobriety in sufficiency envisages rational and restrained consumption patterns. Risk of avoidance is dominated by fears of iatrogenic harm and hence minimal drug use. The central feature of Technology on demand, in contrast, is confidence in technological progress. Free market unfettered, finally, is marked by a Europe without frontiers and minimal state intervention. The reader is encouraged to reflect without preconceptions on the future of medicines in health care. No ready-made answers are offered; rather, a wealth of information and analysis is provided which serves to underpin decision making and policy development, not just by central government but also by every institution concerned with the role of medicines in health care.
The Genetic Basis of Alcohol and Drug Actions
Hardcover ISBN: 0306438682
After a review of the tools of pharmacogenetics, contributors critically evaluate the burgeoning literature within limits determined by the editors: the focus is narrowed to those drugs that have demonstrated abuse potential; reviews are restricted to genetic animal models; and issues of drug metabolism are not systematically reviewed, given that such differences cannot generally explain differences in drug responses. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Handbook of Cosmeceutical Excipients and Their Safeties
Hardcover ISBN: 1907568530
Cosmeceutics are cosmetics marketed for their skincare actions without claiming any significant system or pharmacological action. They are not as stringently regulated as medicine. Pharmacy researchers provide essential monographs of perhaps 500 chemicals used as cosmeceuticals. The entries may include molecular diagrams, other names, CAS number, molecular formula and weigh, rank of popularity, intended function, Log P, and carcinogenic and allergenic potential. Introductory chapters cover the history of cosmeceutics, the regulation of cosmetics, the skin permeation of cosmetics, the systemic effects of cosmeceutics--cancer, and the local effect of cosmeceutics--allergic contact dermatitis. Annotation
Handbook on Hyperbaric Medicine
Paperback ISBN: 8847022002
Hyperbaric oxygen application has now become a useful technique for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in CNS, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as in soft-tissue and orthopaedic pathologies and haematologic disorders. With a specific didactic approach, supported by numerous illustrations and tables, this volume aims to present all aspects of oxygen application under pressure not only to resolve some clinical problems, but also to improve recovery or to modify a negative illness evolution. Both scientists and practitioners will find this work a useful and updated reference book.
The Medicalization of Everyday Life
Paperback ISBN: 0815608675
Given all the syndromes, diseases and disorders out there, how long will it be before everyone in America will be considered nuts? Szasz (psychiatry emeritus, State U. of New York), a leading opponent of the alliance of medicine and the state, examines the inroads metaphor practiced as medicine has made in the US. In this series of essays originally published between 1973 and 2006, Szasz warns that society must determine what exactly constitutes medical practice; he finds more and more examples of how health care has shifted to a deeply disturbing orthodoxy that threatens human freedom, dignity and life itself. Szasz takes on such issues as creating non-diseases, practicing ritual rather than medicine, analyzing drug control's relation to suicide, killing as therapy (as in the case of Terri Schiavo) and confronting the rise of the pseudo-therapeutic state. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors
Hardcover ISBN: 0896032914
The Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors offers state-of-the-art summaries and reviews of virtually everything known today about metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), including their molecular biology, pharmacology, anatomical distribution, and physiological and pathological roles. Illuminating the overall role played by this crucial class of receptors in brain function, the book also pinpoints those areas in which there is the greatest continuing need for focused research. Because mGluRs have the potential for participating in virtually all known functions of the central nervous system (CNS), the opportunity now exists to develop pharmacological agents that can potentially alter many brain disease processes by selective interaction with precise CNS functions. With its critical and insightful reviews, The Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors will immediately become your essential key to the development of novel treatment strategies for the widest variety of neurological disorders.