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Realisation of the importance of human gut microbiota in health restoration and maintenance has kindled an interest in probiotics. Probiotics are defined as the microbial food supplements, which beneficially affect the host by improving its intestinal microbial balance. Probiotics are the health enhancing functional food ingredients used therapeutically to(More)
Serum magnesium levels have been estimated in 25 patients with head and neck cancer. The results have been compared with a group of 25 healthy controls. In cancer patients the mean value was significantly reduced when compared with the control group. A progressive, and significant, increase in serum magnesium concentration was observed following(More)
Erythrocytes from 18 patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) and 10 healthy subjects were examined with respect to glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity and reduced glutathione (GSH) contents. The activity of GSH-Px and GSH content were found to be lower in RBC from CRF patients as compared with normal RBC. These reduced levels of GSH and GSH-Px in the(More)
Serum adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels were estimated in a group of 40 patients with head and neck cancer. The mean value was significantly higher in patients compared to controls. The increase was higher in cases of ulcerative growths than of proliferative growths, and activity was increased with advancement in the stage of the cancer. After radiotherapy,(More)
The effect of zinc sulphate and placebo was compared in a double-blind trial in 56 patients suffering from acne vulgaris. Serum vitamin A levels were studied in all, before and at the end of therapy, 29 patients received zinc sulphate 600 mg daily and 27 patients received placebo. Patients on placebo showed no improvement. After 12 weeks of treatment with(More)
Glutathione oxidant defense system protects the erythrocyte from oxidative damage. This defense system was studied in mouse erythrocytes infected with Plasmodium berghei and in isolated parasites. The efficiency of this system was found to be increased in parasitized erythrocytes compared to the normal erythrocytes. The increase in the components of the(More)
The effect of aluminium phosphide (AlP) which is a systemic poison on the adrenal cortex was studied in 30 patients of AlP poisoning. A significant rise in the plasma cortisol level (greater than 1048 nmol/l) was observed in the twenty patients. Mortality was 50 per cent. Autopsy study could be undertaken only in 10 patients. Histopathology showed mild to(More)